Artizan Women's Exhibition

Deadline: 21/09/2023

Venue: Artizan Gallery  |  City: Torquay  |  Region: Devon  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Artizan Gallery

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Artizan's first Women's Open Exhibition.

In reflecting on their collections, the National Gallery recognises, that in a vast 2,300 paintings spanning the 13th to early 20th century, only 21 are by women. It’s a shocking figure and one that they use to tell a story around the “gender gap in art history”, the representation of women, and the barriers and obstacles that women faced when engaging with the art world.

Today, whilst gender in itself is not a direct barrier to participation, pervasive societal inequalities that predominantly disadvantage women, continue to mean that the conversation around art and gender is of critical importance, both in relation to how women access the art world, and the role that the art they create has on the conversation.

This October, Artizan Gallery will host its first-ever “Women’s Open Exhibition”. Whilst historically we have had all-female line-ups frequently at the gallery, this will be the first time we have curated an exhibition with this intention at the outset, and beyond this, it will be a chance to have conversations about the history of women in art and the barriers and inequalities still present today.

The exhibition will include between 20 and 30 artists across our three exhibition spaces with a maximum of 4 works per artist.

Interested participants should fill out the simple submission form by 21st September. There will be a £15 fee for selected artists with a 35% commission taken on sales.

Deadline for Entries:  21st September, midday


  • Your details are collected in this form for use in relation to the exhibition you are applying for. Artizan Collective CIC may use the information provided in this form as required to enable us to process your submission.
  • You will not be asked to provide any sensitive information as part of this submission process. Do not provide any passwords, financial data or other sensitive information as part of this form.
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  • At the end of this form you will be required to agree to Artizan Collective's exhibitor terms which can be viewed here. You must agree to these to participate in the exhibition.
  • Artists are reminded that the Artizan curation team reserve the right to reject any work that does not reach a considered standard of subject, execution, or framing. Pictures must be the Artist’s original work.

About Artizan Collective Gallery

Artizan Collective CIC is a not for profit Social Enterprise dedicated to the advancement of arts and culture in Torbay, supporting wider engagement and greater accessibility to arts for our communities, through the provision of opportunities, resources, spaces and networks for creatives of all practices in a sustainable and resilient manner.

Currently hosted at Fleet Walk in the Artizan Collective Gallery, the Collective is providing a vibrant creative hub delivering opportunities for artists and audiences living and working in the Bay, as well as contributing to the English Riviera's cultural tourism offer.

The venue currently runs a year-round visual arts programme which supports artists of all disciplines and experiences, including students and emerging artists, by creating affordable exhibition opportunities, awards and bursaries.

In addition, a programme of community workshops, artist studios, and production spaces is in development in partnership with other independent creatives and local cultural organisations.

Through this activity, we aim to improve the perception of Torbay's cultural offer, showcasing and connecting the creative stakeholders contributing to the sector and signposting audiences from this prominent location to the area's hidden gems.

The organisation currently consists of two directors and a small group of key stakeholders and partners who support and deliver work, as well as an invested community of artists and creatives. Artizan Gallery supports the work of Artizan Collective CIC through the sharing of resources and promotional activities.

Submission Information

Please read the below information carefully for full opportunity details.


  • Up to 4 works (3D or 2D or a combination) can be submitted
  • Up to 3 browser works can be submitted
  • Up to 45 cards can be submitted (15 original cards e.g. miniature paintings, or 3 designs, 15 of each design to a total of 45 cards)
  • All selected works will be showcased for a period of 4 weeks
  • Exposure in the English Riviera’s only selective exhibition gallery
  • Opportunity for commercial sales of work
  • Features in exhibition print and digital promotional material delivered via the channels of the exhibition curators and partner organisations
  • Long-term exposure on the exhibition digital hub including micro-profile and the opportunity for additional features


Work Size, Types, Dimensions

Works are classified as either:

  • 2D Single
  • 2D Double
  • 3D Single
  • 3D Double
  • 2D Works:
    • A single 2D entry will not exceed 60cm in any direction inclusive of framing
    • 2D entries exceeding 60cm but not exceeding 1.5m in any direction can be submitted as two entries
  • 3D Works:
    • 3D entries exceeding 80cm but not exceeding 1.5m in any direction can be submitted as two entries
    • Small 3D works may be submitted as a series and be counted as one entry but you must contact the gallery before making your submission to confirm if your work qualifies for this
    • Jewellery and small items should be provided with secure display equipment and artists should consult with the gallery to ensure they are making sufficient provisions prior to submission.
    • A 3D work that is a wall display should be submitted as a 2D Work
    • Where specific display equipment is required this must be specified
    • You may be requested to supply plinths or make additional provisions for the display of your work where these are non-standard
Works of any medium are accepted


Deadline for Entries:  21st September

Confirmations:  22nd September

Work Delivery: 23rd – 29th September (bookable)

Exhibition Dates: 4th – 28th October

Exhibition Launch: 6th October 18:00-20:00

Collection Window: 28th October - 2nd November (bookable, link to be circulated in the final week of the exhibition)

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00-17:00


All fees go towards Artizan Collective's continuing work to deliver opportunities for artists in the South West.


Organiser Details

Venue Address
Artizan Gallery
7 Lucius Street
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