Open Exhibition 2019

Deadline: 28/06/2019  |  Published: 29/05/2019  |  Venue: Gallagher & Turner  |  City: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne  |  Region: Tyne and Wear  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Oliver Doe

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Open exhibition for Newcastle and North-East based artists working in print, drawing, painting and more.

Gallagher & Turner was established in 1990 in Newcastle, and has a lively changing programme of exhibitions. In the past, we have shown and sold work by the likes of David Hockney, Picasso, Miró, Antony Gormley and Barbara Rae.

In 2019, on the eve of our 30th anniversary, we're holding our first open exhibition for local artists. There is no theme for submissions, and submissions are welcome from artists working in most two-dimensional media, as well as small sculpture, ceramics and glass. 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. Whilst there are no payments for participation, we will endeavour to sell your work from our gallery space in central Newcastle. Please note that commission on sales is 40% + VAT. 

Work submitted must be for sale, and be sold 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.

Two dimensional work should be less than 100 x 100 cm, including any framing. Work on paper, including drawings and prints, must be framed to a decent standard in order to go on show. As we are also a picture framing business, we are able to frame some work for the exhibition if given it long in advance, although work that is already framed is preferred. The cost of the framing will be the artist's responsibility.

Three dimensional work should be no larger than 50cm in any dimension. Please note that we cannot accept work that is floor standing, although we have a small number of plinths and surfaces to show small sculptures, ceramics and glass pieces. 

Selection will be decided by our gallery team, and we will let you know the outcome as soon as possible.

The artist must be able to deliver the work to the gallery between 13th - 20th August, and collect any unsold work in person between 5th - 10th October. 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 note that our gallery space is fairly small, and so accepted work will be hung fairly close together.

The exhibition will be open from 23rd August - 5th October, with a preview on the evening of 22nd August, which participating artists are invited to attend. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists living or working in Tyne and Wear and the nearby North East, including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Northumberland.
Types of work accepted:
- Painting
- Printmaking (screenprint, lithography, etching, linocut etc...)
- Drawing
- Small sculptures
- Ceramics
- Glass art

Please note we cannot accept photography, performance, or A.V. works.
Work on paper must be framed before it is exhibited.
How many works can I submit?
Artists are welcome to submit up to three works. Please note, we may not accept all works from successful submissions of multiple pieces.
When is the delivery date?
13th - 20th August
When do I need to collect my work?
5th - 10th October
How much does it cost?
Submissions are free.
Are there payments to artists?
There are no payments for participation. All work in the show will be for sale, and artists will receive the proceeds of any sales after the gallery commission of 40% + VAT (ie. 48%). We are an openly commercial gallery, and so will actively endeavour to sell your work.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, on August 22nd, from 6-8pm.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday - Friday
10:00 - 17:00, Saturday
Does the location have disabled access?
The gallery is on the ground floor only, with a very small step at the front door. We are easily able to assist wheelchair users and those less able with this.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The exhibition will be publicised by social media and the gallery website, and a press release distributed to local media.
Do I need to be present?
Artists are welcome to attend the preview, and to visit the exhibition at any point, but the show will always be staffed by our team.
How do you decide on proposals?
Submissions will be decided upon by our gallery staff as to the quality of the work, suitability for our gallery, potential for sale, and as to what would come together into a strong exhibition.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you to arrange details.

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