Now in its 38th year, we are delighted to announce 2022’s Annual Open at Southwark Park Galleries taking place both online and in our Lake Gallery.

Each year a ‘Best in Show’ prize is awarded, generously donated by Breckman & Company. We are very excited that this year’s prize will be £500 towards a solo exhibition in our Salter Space. The 2022 judges are artists Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Lydia Blakeley who exhibited at our galleries in the summer.

The Annual Open exists to encourage artists at all stages of their career to submit their work as part of a large-scale annual salon show. Since the gallery opened in 1984, the Annual Open has been a highlight of Southwark Park Galleries’ calendar. This year, the exhibition brings together over 350 works from artists of all backgrounds from across the UK.

The exhibition showcases the diverse practices of artists working today, with drawing, painting, photography, print, sculpture and video work presented. From its inception, the ethos of the Open has always been about accessible participation for all; to this day there is no selection criteria or judging panel.

All artworks are for sale and we endeavour to keep prices of artwork affordable. A small percentage of sales goes towards Southwark Park Galleries, as a charity, this helps to keep our galleries free and open to the public and offer people of all ages and from all backgrounds excellent creative experiences. We aim to continually inspire everyone to celebrate their own cultures through creative participation, and the Annual Open Exhibition is crucial to this mission.

Events // 

Winter Gathering: Saturday 3 December 1-4pm

Join us for carols and mulled wine to mark the close of this year’s exhibition, and hear the announcement of this year’s ‘Best in Show’ on the afternoon of Saturday 3 December at Lake Gallery with the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society. This family-friendly afternoon will feature carols sung by our friends at The Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society, with thanks to the Southwark Park Association 1869.

Launch Gallery