Bankley Open Call 2018

Deadline: 31/08/2018  |  Published: 01/08/2018  |  Venue: Bankley Gallery  |  City: Manchester  |  Region: Greater Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Bankley Studios & Gallery

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The Bankley Open Call 2018 is once again inviting submissions from contemporary artists living within the UK, working in any 2D media, video or sculpture. The winner will receive £500 and a solo show at Bankley whilst there will be prizes for the runner-up and visitor choice.

Selection & Judging Panel

Magnus Quaife:
Artist & Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
James Moss: Exhibitions Curator at The Portico Library, Manchester
Leanne Greene: Assistant Curator (Fine Art) at The Whitworth

Entry Guidelines

Each artist can submit up to TWO artworks, with an accompanying brief description of each piece. Please also include information on the medium, year, size and price of each work.

There is a one off entry fee for all artists of £10 payable via Paypal, however if preferred a bank transfer can be arranged, please contact for further details. Please pay via the Paypal link below (let us know if there are is any discrepancy between your Artist and Paypal name)

Please pay via PayPal here.

2D submissions: Please ensure that all wall-mounted artworks are already equipped with mirror plates, or alternative mounting requirements and descriptions are provided

3D/ 4D submissions: any sculpture/installation/video/projection requirements must be made by arrangement. We currently cannot provide any screens, laptops, tablets etc. but have a projector and a dvd player.

The Bankley Open Call Exhibition Private View and award ceremony will take place on Friday the 12th October 2018 6-9pm, which will also coincide with our Annual Open Studios event. The exhibition will continue to run every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm until 3rd of November. Work collection after the exhibition will take place on the 4th of November 12-4pm, or by arrangement. Works not collected after this date (or otherwise arranged) will be disposed of.

Key Dates

Submission deadline: 31st August 2018 (midnight) 

Notification of selection: by 12th September 2017 

Delivery of exhibiting art works: between 28th - 30th September 2018, 12 - 4pm (times tbc) 

Exhibition Private View and Awards Ceremony: 12th October 2018, 6-9pm 

Terms & Conditions

By submitting this application, applicants are agreeing to the conditions of entry, as listed below, including:

  • By entering the Open Call 18, Artists are agreeing that their work will be available for the dates stated in the application form. Artists take full responsibility for the delivery and shipping of any selected work(s).
  • Artists are hereby agreeing to allow Bankley Studios and Gallery to use an image of their artwork on publicity associated with the Open Call 2018, unless otherwise arranged.
  • Artists must also guarantee that by submitting the work they are of his, or her own origination, and that he or she holds all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.
  • Art work can be for sale, and Bankley Gallery do not charge commission.
  • Bankley Studios & Gallery are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the artwork if shortlisted and exhibited, and advises all artists to seek their own insurance.
  • All proceeds from the Open Call is used for the prizes, promotion and exhibition of the competition. Any additional funds are donated to Bankley Gallery for the continuation of the programme of exhibitions. 
  • Whilst the judges have been selected and have agreed to take part in selecting work for the Open Call and awarding the prizes, under exceptional circumstances Bankley Studios & Gallery hold the right to adjust the line-up at any time throughout the Open Call.

Thank you for taking part!


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any artist of any age and background living within the UK
When is the deadline?
31st August 2018 (midnight)
How many works can I submit?
2 works (up to 2 images per work)
When is the delivery date?
between the 28th and 30th September 2018
When do I need to collect my work?
4th November 2018, between 12-4pm or by arrangement
How much does it cost?
£10 (for up to 2 entries)
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, on the 12th October 6-9pm (coinciding with our annual Open Studios event)
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Saturdays 12-4pm , 13th October - 3rd November 2018
Does the location have disabled access?
Unfortunately no
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Flyers, email invitation, online arts newsletters, social media promotion (twitter, facebook, instagram)
Do I need to be present?
No, artworks can be sent via post
How do you decide on submissions?
The Judges will select up to 30 artists for exhibition, and choose a winner and runner-up at the Private View ceremony.
What happens if my submission is chosen?
You will be notified via email by the 12th September 2018.
What kind of submissions are you looking for?
Contemporary, critically-engaged artworks in 2D media (drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, photography), sculpture, video, installation, performance or sound.

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