Call for artists - deadline extended to 30 April!

12 March 2020

Call for artists - deadline extended to 30 April!

Artists have until 30 April to submit their work for the Harley Open competition and be in with a chance of having their artwork displayed on the walls of The Harley Gallery when it reopens.

The gallery is inviting people to use this time of social distancing to get creative and has extended the deadline for The Harley Open competition until the end of April so that more people can get involved.

They’re urging professional artists and those who enjoy creating art in their spare time to enter the competition online. While the gallery is temporarily closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, submissions are invited digitally via the The Harley Gallery website. The competition is open to people within a 100-mile radius of the gallery and up to 140 works will be selected after the deadline to feature on the walls of The Harley Gallery when it re-opens.

Submissions are welcome from the traditional to the experimental and judges are looking for those 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, 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.

Speaking before the launch of the competition, 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.”

With thousands of visitors expected to view the exhibition when The Harley Gallery reopens, it provides shortlisted artists with a new platform to show and sell their work. The Harley Prize 2019 was shared between Chesterfield artist, Susan Dodd, and Sheffield artist, Joanna Whittle.