• Call for entries

    Deadline 12 December

  • Call for entries

    Deadline 12 December

  • Call for entries

    Deadline 12 December

  • Call for entries

    Deadline 12 December

Want the chance to show your work at the Whitechapel Gallery in Summer 2015 alongside some of the most dynamic and exciting artists in London?

Entries are now open until 12 December. Every single work submitted is reviewed by Whitechapel Gallery curators and those shortlisted are judged by an expert panel of artists, critics and collectors including Angela de la Cruz, Ben Luke and Jake Miller. The final selection of works culminates in a major exhibition at the Gallery opening on Wednesday 15 July 2015.

The Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibition started in 1932 as the East End Academy and has previously featured work by celebrated artists in the early stages of their careers from Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Rachel Whiteread to Pio Abad, Alice Channer and Ruth Proctor.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be 26 years and over
  • Applicants must be living or working in the London Boroughs
  • Up to 5 works can be submitted
  • Works submitted must be made within the last 3 years (since 2012)
  • Administration fee £25

History

History

The Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibition was launched in 1932 as the East End Academy for ‘all artists living or working east of the famous Aldgate Pump’, and the exhibition’s popularity ensured that it became an annual event.

From the 1970s onwards the area around the Gallery in east London become home to many of the UK’s most important artists and the Whitechapel Open (as the East End Academy was later called) became a launch pad for artists in the early stages of their career, showing the work of artists such as Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread and Antony Gormley, often for the first time.

Since 2012 the Whitechapel Gallery has expanded the reach of the exhibition to artists from all of London, recognising the Gallery’s cultural role in the city.


Image credits:

Slide 1: Photo Maryam Eisler
Slides 2-4: Photos Robin Friend
Photography from Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios. Copyright TransGlobe Publishing Ltd, London.

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