Call for artists

06 January 2020

Call for artists

A search for new or undiscovered art talent has begun as The Harley Gallery launches this year's open competition.

Artists, whether they are weekend painters or professional artists, are now invited to enter the Harley Open 2020 competition. It provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work within the gallery, which has previously exhibited high profile artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake.

The Harley Open celebrates and showcases art being made by talented artists within a 100-mile radius of the rural gallery. It invites submissions from the traditional to the experimental and looks for artists who have shown originality, verve, spirit and humour through any medium from biro portraits to tiny oil paintings, abstracts and graphic design.

The Open also includes the chance to win the Harley Prize of £2,000. There’s also the Judges’ Prize and the Storycatcher’s Prize, plus a ‘People’s Prize’, which will also be presented to the artist voted for by the visiting public and will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, said: “The Harley Open is open to everyone whatever their artistic background, whether they’re just starting out or experienced professionals. Our aim is to celebrate the incredible wealth of creativity that is part of our region and share it with our visitors.”

“The exhibition highlights the diversity of talent across our region and beyond. Over the years the Harley Open has received a wealth of entries from some very creative and talented artists and in a variety of styles and media.”

With thousands of visitors expected to view the exhibition between 2 May and 5 July, it provides shortlisted artists with a new platform to show and, often, sell their work. The Harley Prize 2019 was shared between Chesterfield artist, Susan Dodd, and Sheffield artist, Joanna Whittle. Joanna later went on to win the acclaimed Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019.