Now in its 35th year, the Open exists to encourage artists at all stages of their career from across the UK to submit their work as part of a large-scale annual salon show.

This years ‘Best in Show’ will be selected by artist Jonathan Baldock

Submission of works

2D & 3D works: To be brought to The Gallery ready to hang Friday 8 November, 2 – 4pm // Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November 2019, 11am – 4pm

Moving image works: These must be supplied online to by Thursday 24 October 2019

We regretfully cannot accept postal submissions.

2D WORKS // Up to three two-dimensional works can be submitted. No larger than 635mm (25 inches) in width, length or depth (including frame). Works must be ready to hang directly onto nails or with wire or mirror plates (we cannot accept clip frames). In keeping with the size limit, works from an individual artist will not be hung together. You must indicate if the price includes the frame and whether the work is part of an edition.

3D WORKS // Only one three-dimensional work can be submitted per individual. Three-dimensional work must be no larger than 635mm (25 inches) in width, length or depth (including plinth if supplied). In addition to 1 three-dimensional work artists can also submit one additional two-dimensional work (all rules pertaining to two-dimensional works still apply).

Please note: Each work submitted must be labelled with Name, Address, Title, Date, E-mail address, contact telephone number and Price (inclusive of 35% gallery commission).

MOVING IMAGE WORKS // Only 1 moving image work can be submitted per individual. Maximum duration for moving image works: 5 minutes including credits etc. Moving images file format must be .mov and high quality, works will be displayed as one showreel in the Salter Space as a 16:9 projection. Please don‘t add a title page, one will be created for you, you will need to provide the necessary details by filling in the online form and emailing it when you send the file. Moving images to be submitted via WeTransfer or Dropbox files only and sent to by Thursday 24 October.

FEES // The submission fees must be paid at the time of submission by card, cash or cheque (or PayPal in the case of moving image submissions). Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Bermondsey Artists’ Group’.


1 Artwork £16

2 Artworks £27

3 Artworks £38


1 Artwork £12

2 Artworks £21

3 Artworks £30

Concessions include: unwaged, full-time students, over 65’s and members of the Bermondsey Artists’ Group. Proof of concessionary status WILL be required.

Moving Image Submissions

Southwark Park Galleries shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, destruction, deterioration or wear, including damage to frames, caused to a work submitted to the Open Exhibition.

You will have your work shown in this exhibition*

To give you a bit of our Open history, the gallery was started when the group of like-minded and ambitious artists’ in Bermondsey banded together to form the Bermondsey Artists’ Group and since being rejected from the Whitechapel Open Exhibition they were determined to find somewhere to exhibit their work under their own terms. In securing permission to use the old Cafe building in Southwark Park, as a gallery, the #1 Annual Open Exhibition happened here in 1984.

This tradition began at the very inception of the existence of the gallery and although the organisation has grown beyond recognition in many ways, this exhibition and resolve to keep it truly open, remains.

*The gallery reserves the right not to show any work that goes against our constitution.


Preview (All welcome): Sunday 17 November, 3-5pm
Exhibition: 20 November – 8 December, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Download Submission Guidelines