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Open 25

Open 25 exhibition

Attenborough Prize 2014 Winner     

Open 25 exhibition is supported by:
Quality Solicitors Wilson Browne

Open 25
15 February – 27 April 2014
Gallery 11, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

The annual Open exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for young, emerging and established artists to showcase their creative talents, in this special 25th year.

The Open exhibition features a range of artists including established, recent graduates and first time exhibiting artists.

We welcome applications from all artists across the region and are delighted to once again also host the Youth Category, open to ages 11 – 15 and 16 – 19 years, all competing for a range of artist’s prizes.

The ever popular and diverse Open exhibition presents a stunning array of artworks and contemporary craft by artists from Leicester, Leicestershire and across the region.

The exhibition is open to practitioners across a wide selection of different art forms including painting, photography, illustration, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.

All works in the exhibition are for sale, providing an ideal opportunity for visitors to start your own art collection and provide invaluable support to local artists.

Pukaar News short film on the Open 25 exhibition and The Attenborough Prize

Vote for the Phoenix People’s Choice Prize!

Vote for your favourite artwork in the Open 25 exhibition! The artist with the most votes wins a great prize kindly sponsored by our friends at Phoenix and if you vote there’s chance for you to win a pair of Phoenix cinema tickets, popcorn and a drink as a prize for a randomly selected voter!

To vote please tweet the name and artist of your favourite work to @leicestermuseum or message us on facebook.

Phoenix is an independent cinema, digital arts centre and café bar located in Leicester's Cultural Quarter. A charitable organisation, Phoenix aims to bring inspirational film and art to all through its varied programme, exhibitions and education activities.

Artist Prizes

Artists featured in the exhibition have the chance to win a variety of prizes including the Attenborough Prize. The Attenborough Prize 2014 was awarded to Oliver Marc Thomas Leger. View the Attenborough Prize winner and shortlisted works.

We are grateful to our sponsors for their support of the Open exhibition and presenting prizes to their chosen artists. This year the range of exciting prizes include exhibition opportunities, training courses and three prizes specifically for our Youth Category to support young aspiring artists.

Our Open 25 sponsors prizes were awarded to:

De Montfort Hall Prize: Anna Michalska

John E Wright: Robert Youngson

LCB Depot Prize: Peter Berry

LCB Depot Prize: Harman Dickson

Leicester Museums Trust Purchase: Kajal Nisha Patel

Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery Prize: Aliya Adbullah

Leicester Print Workshop Prize : P.J. Shotbolt

Makers Yard Prize: Richard Langoen

Makers Yard Prize: William Wright

Phoenix People’s Choice Prize: To be chosen by exhibition visitors

Quality Solicitors Wilson Browne Prize: Robert Youngson

Soft Touch Arts Prize: Luke Sheppard

The Mighty Creatives Prize: Jack Halford


The Open exhibition is selected by invited independent panel who review every artwork submitted.

This years Open selectors are; Peter Chandler (LCB Depot), Michaela Butter (Embrace Arts) and Ruth Singer (Artist).

The Youth Category exhibition selectors are; Mike Preston (Strategic Lead for Arts and Culture BSF), Kylie North (Gallery Co-ordinator, Pedestrian) and Gina Mollett (Workshop Facilitator).

Open 25 Artists

Applications for the Open exhibition are now closed, with the selection day taking place on Monday 3 February, view photos from the selection day and process.
In total 642 artworks were entered into the exhibition, many thanks to all who submitted to this years Open 25 exhibition.

Open 25 Youth Category

Applications are now closed for the Open 25 Youth Category. We had a record total of 170 artworks submitted, over 90% increase on last year's exhibition.

In total 88 works have been selected for the exhibition, all artists will be informed by Friday 17 January by email if they have been selected.

Many thanks to all who submitted works and for the fantastic level of interest in this year's Open 25 Youth Category exhibition.

For any enquiries about the Open 25 exhibition please contact New Walk Museum & Art Gallery on 0116 225 4900 or email