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Leicester's popular open exhibition puts out call to artists

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Artwork on display at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

LOCAL artists are being given a chance to present their work at Leicester’s flagship museum, as preparations for this year’s Open 32 exhibition get under way.

Now in its 32nd year, the popular annual open exhibition is a showcase for artistic talent from across the East Midlands – open to anyone, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals. 

Entries for the 2021 exhibition are now open and artists have until Sunday 24 October to submit their online applications.

Submissions are invited from artists aged 19 and over who are living or studying in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Northamptonshire.

There is also a category for young artists aged five to 18.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will select the paintings, sculptures, textiles, prints and photographs that will go on display in December at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on New Walk.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, deputy city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: “The annual open exhibition always attracts a huge amount of interest from all kinds of artists.

“It provides a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work in the fabulous surroundings of the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, and it’s a great way to celebrate the rich artistic diversity of the region.”

Entry fees for Open 32 are £10 for a single piece of work, £16 for two and £20 for three pieces. Concession rates are available, and entries for young artists are free of charge.

The Open 32 exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 4 December 2021 and runs until Friday 21 January 2022.

Artworks will be on sale and outstanding pieces will be awarded prizes donated by local businesses and groups.

Further information, the online application form and full terms and conditions are available at