Artist Open Exhibition 2024

Exhibitions |

7 June – 31 July | Foyer Gallery & Sugar Store Gallery | Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm | Free

Open call to artists to submit work for the Brewery Arts group exhibition. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your work selected by a panel of judges, and seen by a wide and varied audience.

Work will be selected by a panel of judges.

Please see the guidelines and submission form below.

Submission Date and Selection

  • Artists must submit the Brewery Arts Open Exhibition Submission Form along with digital images of the work, labelled with the title, dimensions and Artist’s name via email to and pay the submission costs, on receiving the payment link, by 17 May 2024.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 pieces of work (£5 submission fee for the first piece and £2 for each extra piece).
  • We welcome submissions from visual artists and makers in any art forms and the selected pieces will be based on presenting a diverse and distinctive range of voices from around Cumbria. We will be looking for original ideas and a diverse mix of media/genres to represent the range of talent in the community.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and work selected for the exhibition by the Brewery Arts selection panel.
  • Artists will be advised of their selection by end of day 24 May 2024.
  • Selected artists must deliver the selected work to Brewery Arts on Tuesday 4 Jun 2024 between 11am-1pm for hanging on 5&6 Jun 2024, by Brewery Arts’ curator.
  • All selected artwork needs to be delivered with the name and title on the back and a label hanging in front of the work showing the artist name, title of the piece, medium and purchase price.
  • Brewery arts reserves the right to reject any work submitted without giving any reason.
  • Important – the gallery is a public space and will be unsupervised, therefore, artwork is displayed at your own risk.  Artists are loaning the artwork to the Brewery for display and agree for it to be exhibited in an unsupervised and public space.

Art forms

  • Artwork can be 2D, 3D or digital.
  • All work must be original, no reproductions and no browser items, cards etc.
  • There are 3 screens in the Brewery Arts Foyer to exhibit digital work, so this will be subject to availability when selecting submissions.

Hanging and Submission Fee

  • Artwork will be hung by the Brewery Arts curator on the 5 and/or 6 Jun 2024.
  • Artwork submitted will be installed in either the Foyer Gallery or Sugar Store Gallery, this decision lies with the curator and is dependent on a number of factors.
  • There is a total hanging and submission fee, per artist, of £5 for the first artwork and £2 for each extra piece (up to 3 pieces total), regardless of whether your work is selected for the exhibition.
  • Payment must be made on or before 17 May 2024, along with the Submission form.
  • Brewery Arts will be responsible for the marketing, signage/labels.


This will be a selling exhibition – Brewery Arts will charge 35% commission on all items sold.

Presentation of selected work

  • Work to be wall hung must have ‘D rings’ or similar to allow for two points of hanging on the Brewery Arts cable system, this is the artists responsibility.
  • Artwork cannot be submitted on foam board or in clip frames as this will not work with the hanging system.
  • Plinths and display cabinets for 3D work are subject to availability so will need to be provided by the artist if unavailable, and agreed/approved by Helena McGregor due to Health and Safety regulations.
  • Screens/speakers for digital work (MP4 file) are provided at Brewery Arts – there are 3 screens downstairs in the foyer.
  • All final selected work needs to be delivered with the name and title on the back and a label hanging in front of the work showing the artist name, title of the piece, medium and purchase price.


During selection, the selection panel will select one artist for the Judges Choice Award.  During the exhibition, viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite artworks, resulting in a Public Choice Award.  Both awards will be announced during the Celebration/Prize Giving Event, 26 Jul 2024, towards the end of the exhibition.  The Public Choice and Judges Choice Award Prize will be to have a joint exhibition at Brewery Arts!

NB: Previous year’s prize winners are not eligible to win 2 consecutive years in a row.

Collection of sold work

Local purchasers will be asked to leave work until the end of the exhibition. Those from further afield will be allowed to take work at the time of purchase. The artist will be responsible for any arrangements, costs, packing and sending of work if requested by the purchaser.

Collection of unsold work

Unsold work is to be collected from Brewery Arts on 2 Aug 2024 between 1 – 3pm.  The exhibition will be uninstalled on the 1/2 Aug 2024.

Private View

There will be a private view for the artists, plus guest, and invited guests at Brewery Arts on 7 June, 5-7pm.

Celebration/Closing/Prize Giving  

There will be a prize giving and closing event on 26 Jul 2024 at 6-7.30pm.  The Public choice Award and Judges Choice Award will be announced.


These should be directed to

Exhibition Timeline

22 March – Sales Portal goes live to take submission payments, submission forms to be sent to

17 May – Final submission and payment submission date

24 May – Artists advised of selection decisions

4 Jun – Selected works to be delivered to BA between 11am and 1pm

5/6 Jun – Hanging / Installation of Exhibition

7 Jun – Exhibition Opens

7 Jun – Private View, 5-7pm

26 Jul – Prize Giving and Celebration Event, 6-7.30pm.

31 Jul – Exhibition Ends

1/2 Aug – Exhibition uninstalled

2 Aug – Collection of unsold artwork between 1 – 3pm

Brewery Arts Open Exhibition Submission Form



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