Bankley Open Call 2022

Deadline: 31/07/2022

Venue: Bankley Studios + Gallery  |  City: Manchester  |  Region: Greater Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Bankley Studios + Gallery

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Bankley's annual Open Call show is back, part of our continued 30 Year Celebrations. The Open Call invites artists to apply to exhibit in Bankley Open 2022. Artists at any point in their career and working in any discipline can apply. Approximately 15 artists will be chosen by our panel of judges to take part in the group show in September.

Works will be selected by judges:

Nikita Gill: Artist, Producer + Curator at Manchester Art Gallery

Matt Retallick: Curator, Writer + Art Historian

Ruth Murray: Painter, Rogue Studios + former Bankley member

From the exhibition the judges will then make selections for:

First prize: £500 cash prize, a solo exhibition at Bankley with a £200 production fee

Second prize: £200 cash prize

The Bankley Open Exhibition opening night and award ceremony will take place on Friday 23rd September 2022, 6-9pm, which will also coincide with our Annual Open Studios. The exhibition will continue to run every Saturday + Sunday from 12pm to 4pm until 9th October.


You can enter up to TWO artworks, for a one-off fee of £10

Include up to four images of each, and a brief description if desired. Please also include information on the medium, year and size.

Bankley Studios + Gallery is not publicly funded and is run by volunteers. There is a one off entry fee for all artists of £10, which is used to subsidise the exhibition and the prize money. Any surpus is reinvested into future programming.

Please pay via the Paypal link below (let us know if there is any discrepancy between your Artist and Paypal name), however if preferred a bank transfer can be arranged, please contact us for further detail

Click here to make payment once your application has been submitted.

Bankley Studios + Gallery will not take a commission from the sale of any artwork during the exhibition.


Submission deadline: 31st July 2022 (midnight)

Notification of selection: by 14th August 2022

Delivery of exhibiting artworks: 9th, 10th, 11th September 2022, 12 - 4pm (times tbc)

Exhibition opening night and awards ceremony: 23rd September 2022, 6-9pm

Exhibition running: 24th September - 9th October

Collection of exhibiting artworks: between 10th - 16th October

Unfortunately, we do not have storage so are unable to keep artworks beyond this date

Terms & Conditions

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

By entering Bankley Open 2022, 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 + Gallery to use an image of their artwork on publicity associated with Bankley Open 2022, unless otherwise arranged.

Artists must also guarantee that by submitting the work they are of their own origination, and that they hold all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.

Artwork can be for sale, and Bankley Studios + 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 Bankley Open 2022 are used for the prizes, promotion and exhibition of the competition. Any additional funds are donated to Bankley Studios + 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 Bankley Open 2022 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.

2D submissions: Please ensure that all wall-mounted artworks are ready to be hung and install descriptions are provided.

3D/ 4D submissions: any sculpture/installation/video/projection requirements must be made by arrangement.

Thank you for taking part!


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
Sunday 31st July 2022
How many works can I submit?
Either one or two, with up to four images of each
When is the delivery date?
9th, 10th, 11th September 2022, 12 - 4pm (times tbc)
When do I need to collect my work?
between 10th - 16th October
How much does it cost?
A £10 one-off fee
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, Friday 24th September 2022
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Saturdays and Sunday 12-4pm
Does the location have disabled access?
Access Information

Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs.

The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.
Do I need to be present?
No, we will install the show, however it would be lovely if you were able to attend the show!
How do you decide on proposals?
Our judging panel will make selections. They will collectively decide the kind of show they want to bring together, so don't be disheartened if you're not selected, it's not a reflection of quality, it might simply mean that the judges had to make decisions on how to balance all of the artists together.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will notify you as soon as possible, and make arrangements to get your work to us for the install.

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