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Last call for artists to take part in popular open exhibition

Published on Friday, October 14, 2022

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LOCAL artists are being given a chance to present their work at Leicester’s flagship museum, as preparations for this year’s Open 33 exhibition continue.

Now in its 33rd 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 2022 exhibition opened last month and artists have until 11.59pm on Sunday 23 October to submit their online applications.

Submissions are invited from artists aged 19 and over who live or study 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 33 are £15 for a single piece of work, £25 for two and £30 for three pieces. Concession rates are available for students and the over 60s, and entries for young artists are free of charge.

The Open 33 exhibition opens to the public on 10 December 2022 and runs until 20 January 2023.

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