Summer Open Exhibition 2024

Deadline: 13/05/2024

City: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne  |  Region: Tyne and Wear  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Gallagher & Turner

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For Newcastle and North-East based artists working in print, drawing, painting, sculpture and jewellery.

Gallagher & Turner was established in 1990 in Newcastle by Clare Turner and Paul Gallagher. Our gallery on St. Mary's Place hosts a lively programme of changing exhibitions, featuring well known, international and local emerging artists. We have exhibited and framed work by many highly regarded artists, including David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Barbara Rae, Antony Gormley, and Elizabeth Blackadder.

For more information about Gallagher & Turner please visit our website

Open Call

We are holding our fourth open submission exhibition for local artists from 13th July – 10th August, 2024.

We invite submissions from artists based in North East England, working in two-dimensional media*, small sculpture, textile, ceramics, glass and jewellery. There is no theme for submissions. Please only submit work that is available to exhibit and for sale.

*Please note that we cannot accept photography, digital, moving image, audio or performance work.

The exhibition will include the opportunity to sell your work to our established network of collectors from our gallery space in central Newcastle. There is no application fee. Please note that commission on sales is 40% + VAT (to equal 48%)

The exhibition will be open from 13th July – 10th August, 2024, with a preview on the evening of Friday 12th July, which participating artists, families, friends and the public are invited to attend. 

Links to images of our previous Open Exhibitions:

Open Exhibition 2019

Open Exhibition 2021

Open Exhibition 2022


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
• North East based artists
• Work submitted must be for sale directly by the artist, not from a collection or other gallery.
• Submissions will only be accepted via Curatorspace. Please do not bring work to the gallery in person unless your submission has been accepted.
• Any delivery or collection costs are the artist's responsibility, and therefore this opportunity is open only to artists local to the North East.
• Please only enter if you can deliver the work in person (strictly no couriers) and collect the unsold works on the following dates:
Delivery: 10:30am – 5pm, 2nd – 4th July 2024
Collection: 11am – 5pm, 14th – 16th August 2024
When is the deadline?
Midnight, Monday 13th May
How many works can I submit?
3 Artworks (up to 2 images of each work)
When is the delivery date?
Delivery: 10:30am – 5pm, 2nd – 4th July 2024
When do I need to collect my work?
Collection: 11am – 5pm, 14th – 16th August 2024
How much does it cost?
There is no application fee.
Are there payments to artists?
The exhibition will include the opportunity to sell your work to our established network of collectors from our gallery space in central Newcastle. Please note that commission on sales is 40% + VAT (to equal 48%). This means the artist will take home 52% of the sold price.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes - Friday 12th July, 6 - 8pm
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturdays 11am - 4pm
Does the location have disabled access?
The gallery is situated on the ground floor, however there is a small step at the front door.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will endeavour to provide as much publicity as possible.
Do I need to be present?
The artists do not need to be present. Participating artists, families and friends are invited to attend the preview evening on Friday 12th July, 6-8pm.
Where will my venue be listed?
The exhibition will be listed in the North East Art Map (paper & online), NE1 Get Into Newcastle, The Crack Magazine, Narc Magazine and Art Rabbit.
How do you decide on proposals?
Selection will be made by a our gallery team and an external advisor, decisions will be made by consensus and we will let you know the outcome by Wednesday 22nd May.

Last year we received over 200 submissions. If you are not selected on this occasion this does not reflect on the quality of your work. We are aiming to balance the overall exhibition. Unfortunately, due to the number of predicted submissions and our Gallery Manager working part time, we find it difficult to offer individual feedback.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you to let you know if your artwork is selected, and to confirm delivery dates and packaging requirements.

Our previous Open Exhibitions have been a great way for us to discover new talent. We are still working with artists from previous Open Submissions.
What are the selection criteria?
• There is no theme, we will take into account suitability for our gallery, potential for sale and the overall context of the group exhibition.
• 2D work should be less than 100 x 100 cm, including framing. To be included works on paper must be framed (this is because we use a gallery hanging system where the pictures hang on hooks attached to clear cables, connected to a rail on the ceiling). We are also a picture framing business, so we may be able to frame some work for the exhibition with due notice, although work that is already framed is preferred. The cost of framing is the artist's responsibility.
• 3D work should be no larger than 50cm in any dimension. Please note that we cannot accept work that is floor standing. We have a small number of plinths and surfaces to show small sculptures, ceramics and glass pieces. We have glass cases to display jewellery in.

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