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Exeter Contemporary Open – Call For Entries



An annual, open submission exhibition that presents work from some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK and beyond.

This year’s judging panel is made up of Independent Curator Kristian Day, Founding Director of  VITRINE (London/Basel) Alys Williams and Exeter Phoenix’s Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.

£1000 Overall Award
£500 Additional Award
£200 Audience Choice Award 

Application deadline has now passed.

Selected artists will be announced shortly.
The exhibition will run from Fri 14 Sep – Sat 4 Nov 2017.




How To Submit Your Work

Option 1: Apply Online

Complete the online application form here >>

Option 2: Submit Your Entry By Post

Step 1


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Step 2


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Step 3


Post your entry to Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS

Your complete entry pack should include:

– Your completed application form
– Payment of £20, or £15 for students (cheques payable to Exeter Phoenix Ltd).
– A short statement about you and your work (up to 500 words).
– A USB stick or CD / DVD containing up to three images of each artwork and / or moving image artworks. For further image guidelines, refer to the application guidelines above.
– A stamped, self addressed envelope if you wish to have your submission materials returned to you.

Deadline for entries is Fri 16 Jun


Last Year’s Exhibition

Last year’s eight finalists were selected from hundreds of entries by a judging panel made up of Birmingham’s Grand Union Director Cheryl Jones, writer and NGCA Curator George Vasey, and Exeter Phoenix’s Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.

Carrier by Devlin Shea, Study In Hindsight by Naomi Frears and Disobedient Still by Dorine Van Meel

Click here to find out more about the exhibition, artists and awards.