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Coventry Open 2023: Submissions now open

Submissions are now open until Monday 13 February for our Coventry Open 2023 exhibition

A photo from the Coventry Open 2020 exhibition showing a small figure sculpture on a plinth, surrounded by paintings and drawings hanging on white walls

Submit your work via our online form here

Young People's deadline extended: submit by 28 feb for our 15-18 category

Following the recent announcement of the return of Coventry Open for 2023, local artists are now able to submit their work for a chance to see it featured in the exhibition from 24 March - 21 May. 

Set up to showcase local talent and provide selling opportunities for artists, Coventry Open celebrates the quality and diversity of art being produced in Coventry and the wider region. Visual artists living, work or studying in the West Midlands are invited to submit work in any fine art medium via our online submissions portal.

You can also download our Coventry Open Accessible Guide here.

Submitting your work for consideration is completely free. A £1000 prize is available for one winning entry chosen by the independent judging panel, who will select works for public display after submissions end on 13 February. An additional £500 prize will be awarded to the “people’s choice”, which will be chosen via a public voting system after the exhibition opens.

For the first time this year, the Herbert will also be hosting a Young People’s Coventry Open, offering young artists aged 15-18 a chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting.

Work selected for exhibition will be expected to be for sale. No commission will be taken by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and artists will receive the full selling price of work. It will be assumed that the sale price includes the cost of any framing, so please allow for this when pricing your work.

Submissions Criteria

  • Work produced in any medium is welcome, including: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Digital, Print, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installation, Video/Audio, Performance, Other. 
  • Artists must be living, working or studying in one of the following West Midlands counties: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, the Metropolitan districts of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

  • 2D work should not exceed 2m in any direction, including frame.  
  • 3D work should be portable by one person and not exceed 1.5m in any direction.  
  • Electronically powered work should be submitted with written evidence that the work has been PAT tested.  
  • Film should not exceed 5 minutes running time.
  • Work must have been made after March 2020.  
  • Work submitted must be original and the artist must undertake that they hold all moral and intellectual property rights in that work and that the work does not infringe the moral and intellectual property rights belonging to any third party.
  • Culture Coventry reserves the right to exclude work that poses a health and safety risk or is deemed inappropriate in content. 
  • A maximum of two works of art may be submitted by each artist for consideration. 

Dates for your Diary

Artist Entry Dates

Submissions open: Friday 6 January 2023

Submissions close: Midnight on Monday 13 February 2023 

Young people's submissions close: Midnight on Tuesday 28 February 2023

Selection Dates

Selection Deadline: Sunday 26 February 2023

Selection Notification: Monday 27 February 2023 

Artwork Delivery:  Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2023 

Exhibition Dates

Private View: Thursday 23 March 2023

Exhibition Open to Public:  Friday 24 March - Sunday 21 May 2023 

Collection of work: Saturday 27 May 2023