Open exhibition

Leicester’s ever popular open exhibition, now in its 29th year, showcases contemporary artwork and craft by local and regional artists. The exhibition is now on until 2 February 2019 at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Further information

What is the Open exhibition?

The annual Open exhibition is the city's premier showcase for visual art within the city, celebrating the rich and diverse skills of our local artists. 

The Open exhibition, including the outstanding Youth category (ages 5 – 19), provides an excellent opportunity for artists from both amateur and professional backgrounds to demonstrate their artistic skills and creative vision.

The exhibition offers a number of artist prizes to be won including exhibition opportunities, print workshops, materials and cash prizes, chosen by our sponsors from an array of cultural and commercial organisations.

What are the categories?

  • Youth category (age 5-19)
  • Adult category (age 19+).

You must also live or study in the East Midlands, (Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Northamptonshire).

When is the deadline for entries?

Entries to this year’s exhibition are now closed. Entries for the 2019 exhibition will be available from Summer 2019.

When will the exhibition be open to the public?

This year’s exhibition opened on 15 December 2018 and runs until 2 February 2019 at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.

Prize giving

The prize giving for winning entries was on Friday 14 December 2018.

Terms and conditions

For full application details and terms and conditions for each category, see the attachments below.