AIR Open 2024

Deadline: 30/06/2024

City: Gorton, Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Rebecca Wild

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The AIR Open 2024 is back and bigger than ever- showcasing the best of contemporary art from around the globe.

Showcase your work in our 7th annual AIR Open. This is always one of our strongest shows of the year and a great showcase of contemporary talent from around the world. This year we are taking our show to Rogue Artist Studios CIC; which means we can take double the amount of work making it our biggest show yet!

£5 per piece to enter, max 3 works. Any medium, any theme. Just show us your best work!


  • Cash prize of up to £1500+
  • Additional prizes such as associate memberships, solo shows, gallery representation, art materials and more.
  • Digital promotion of your work for selected artists throughout the show
  • Our longlist of artists will be placed in a virtual showcase that gains around 5000 views per show.
  • Opportunity to get your work seen by a panel of industry experts and art professionals
  • Opportunity to take part in future shows- even if you aren't selected for this show, you might be offered future exhibition opportunities with us in our themed shows in 2025.
  • Networking opportunities with other artists and industry professionals

Low income / can't afford the fee? We have a volunteer scheme where if you help us invigilate the show, you'll get your entry fee reimbursed.

Unsure about the form or want to run an idea by us before entering? Drop us a message.

Kindly sponsored by Saul Hay Gallery and Jacksons Art Supplies

Submission fees

The following submission fees apply to this opportunity.

  • Entry Fee- 1 work - 5.00 GBP
  • Entry Fee- 2 works - 10.00 GBP
  • Entry fee- 3 works - 15.00 GBP

The appropriate fee will be payable using a debit or credit card after the first submission has been completed. If the submission fee allows you to submit more than once, you will be able to make further submissions after the first. Contact the curator if you have any questions about the opportunity or the submission fee, or email if you have any questions about the payment process.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any artist, anywhere in the world. You don't need prior experience or a background in the arts to apply.
When is the deadline?
Midnight GMT 30th June.
How many works can I submit?
Up to 3 works. Please use one submission form for each artwork.
When is the delivery date?
Artwork will need to be delivered the first week of August.
When do I need to collect my work?
Works can be collected in the last week of September.
How much does it cost?
£5 per piece.
Are there payments to artists?
There are no payments but there is the opportunity to win between £1500-2000 worth of prizes.
Is there a private view / opening?
Thurs 15 Aug -Open Night 6-9 pm.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12noon-4 pm. Weekdays by appointment only.
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Each artist selected will be featured on our social media, on our website and in any published media. Longlisted artists will be featured in our virtual online show.
Do I need to be present?
No, but we do recommend coming to the PV and award day.
How do you decide on proposals?
We review each application based on the following criteria:
-Contemporary relevance- is the work relevant/have impact?
-Technical skill- is this the best example of this craft/artform?
-Feasibility- Will it work in the gallery/overall show?
-Concept- Does the work have a strong idea behind it?
-Originality- is this different to what we've seen before?
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted via email with details of what happens next including delivery details and promotional material.

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