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56th Essex Open Art Exhibition

Applications are now open – apply here.

Entry fees

£10 one entry, £15 two entries, £20 three entries.

Please Note: Entry fees are non-refundable

Entry fees

£10 one entry, £15 two entries, £20 three entries.

Please Note: Entry fees are non-refundable

Conditions of Entry – 56th Essex Open Exhibition 2015

The exhibition is open to any artist, amateur or professional, over the age of 16 and either resident or working as an artist in Essex (including those London boroughs formerly part of Essex)

Works submitted may be paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture of any medium, or ceramics. Watercolours and drawings must be glazed. Frames must have no hooks or projections at the back. Metal frames must have the appropriate fixings. All works must be of a size and weight that is manoeuvrable by two people and must fit standard doorways.

No artist may enter more than 3 works

All submissions should be made online.

Works submitted will be selected by our selector/s, whose decision, which will be final, this will be communicated to the artist.

Delivery of works

Works selected for exhibition will then be asked to be delivered to the gallery between Friday 19th and Friday 26th

10am – 5pm.

All delivered works must be clearly marked on the back (or on a label attached to 3-dimensional works) with the following:

i) Name & address of artist

ii) Title & medium of work as they are to appear in the catalogue

iii) Price of work if for sale or approximate insurance value if marked NFS


Two dimensional works should be framed. However we will accept unframed canvases on stretchers.

Exhibited two dimensional works will be fixed to the wall with mirror plates. Southend Museums will apply the mirror plates.


A commission of 30% (including VAT) of the sale price of any work sold will be retained by the gallery. Please consider this when pricing works.

Payment to artists following a sale will be made on full payment by the purchaser.


By submitting to the Essex Open, you grant Southend Museums rights to use images of your submission for marketing and promotion of the exhibition.

The selected works will be published in an exhibition catalogue. There will be a private viewing of the selected works on Thursday 16 July.

Care of works

In dealing with the hundreds of works submitted, staff at the gallery do their utmost to ensure their safety. However, the gallery will accept no responsibility in respect of any

damage to the work(s), however caused.

Works not collected within one month of the last day of the exhibition may be disposed of at the Curator’s discretion.

Works can be submitted to the site between Saturday 16th May and Monday 15th June 2015.

Prizes are to be awarded in the following categories

£500 for Best Work in Exhibition sponsored by ZEROABOVE

£100 for Best Oil/Acrylic sponsored by Slick 50 Barbers

£100 in framing vouchers and the Shirley Robson Bowl for Best Watercolour sponsored by The Strand Gallery

£100 for Best Print or Drawing sponsored by The Pouch of Douglas

£100 for Best Photographic Work sponsored by KeyMed Olympus

£100 for Best Three Dimensional Work sponsored by The Hive

£100 to The Most Popular Work in the Exhibition as voted for by our visitors sponsored by The Royals Shopping Centre

56th Essex Open

Saturday 11th July – Saturday 10th October 2015

Beecroft Art Gallery

Victoria Avenue



Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

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  1. Pete Bowen says:

    Where can I find information on how to submit for the 56th Essex Open?

  2. Pete Bowen says:

    no it’s still not clear. Nowhere does anything say how to submit online. Some clarification would be very helpful.

  3. admin says:

    Hi Pete – they haven’t opened the applications yet – Works can be submitted to the site between Saturday 16th May and Monday 15th June 2015.
    Best wishes