Artizan Women's Open Exhibition 2024

Deadline: 26/04/2024

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

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Artizan Women's Open Exhibition 2024

2023 saw us curate our first Women's Open Exhibition, reflecting on some of the National Gallery's analysis of its collections which revealed that in a vast 2,300 paintings spanning the 13th to early 20th century, only 21 are by women. 

In doing so, we participated in the ongoing conversation around the “gender gap in art history” and the experience of women artists today. Our stories and context were perhaps not as shocking as those of the National Gallery or of the London commercial galleries where a mere 5 percent approach a semblance of gender parity,  but nonetheless, what rang true was the value and importance of this exhibition becoming a regular part of our calendar.

As such, we're excited to be revisiting the Artizan Women’s Open Exhibition as we invite submissions to the second instalment of this new regular feature in our annual programme. 

In light of the popularity of last year's showcase, we anticipate this year that we will increase participation and welcome 30 - 40 artists showing a maximum of 4 works per artist. Having had to relocate the exhibition last year due to uptake, we will once again be hosting the showcase at our larger Fleet Walk venue.

Interested participants should fill out the simple submission form by 26th April. There will be a £15 fee for selected artists with a 35% commission taken on sales.

Deadline for Entries:  26th April, 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 to 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:  26th April, midday

Confirmations:  27th April, midnight

Work Delivery: 28th April – 12th May (bookable)

Exhibition Dates: 19th May – 30th June

Exhibition Launch: 18th May 18:00-20:00

Collection Window: 30th June - 5th July (bookable, link to be circulated in final week of exhibition. Later storage can be arranged if required. Couriering options available.)

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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