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D: 20 Sept – Firstsite Open Exhibition 2015

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Firstsite Colchester open exhibition

Showcase your artwork in Firstsite – an internationally renowned gallery in Colchester, Essex

The aim of the Open exhibition is to promote and showcase contemporary visual art practice in the East of England.

Firstsite want to create a dynamic show that highlights the diverse range of interesting work that is produced in the region. You do not have to be a professional artist to submit works. The Firstsite Open is open to everyone. There is no limitation as to subject matter or style but Firstsite do want new work. Firstsite will not accept work created before January 2011.

Firstsite want lots of creative voices to have the opportunity to show their work. Firstsite also want to challenge visitors to reflect on why they like or don’t like particular works. Whether you choose to please or challenge the public is your decision.

Works in the exhibition will be available for sale, providing an ideal opportunity for visitors to start their own art collection and provide invaluable support to artists.

How much is it to enter?
There is a £5 adult / £2.50 concessions administrative fee per submission. Firstsite prefer that payment is made online but you can pay in person at Firstsite. Applications will not be accepted unless payment has been made. If an applicant is found to be ineligible, the entry fee will not be refunded.

Submission is free for children aged 16 and under but the submission form must be completed and contain the submission number generated by Firstsite payment system. The payment platform will include a FREE button for children aged 16 and under.

You will receive your submission number by email after payment has been made.

Artwork medium and size restrictions
Firstsite will accept the following media: drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, mixed media, moving images and performance art*

The space available for adults is 100 cm x 100 cm (2D Works) and 100 cm x 100 cm x 100 cm (3D Works). The space available for children aged 16 and under is 50 cm x 50 cm (2D) and 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm (3D Works). Work that is bigger than this size will not be accepted.

The artworks of 16 year olds and under will be separated in two age groups: Children 0-11 years and young people 12-16 years. Submitted works in these categories will be displayed in the children and young people’s designated area.

Please note that due to limited space Firstsite cannot guarantee that all submitted work will be exhibited at all times.