Our annual showcase of artworks
The exhibition features an exciting range of artworks from a diverse range of artists including sculptures, paintings, drawings, digital artwork, video, glassware, textiles, jewellery and mixed medium work.
Our walls and plinths are filled with a diverse range of over 100 artworks in a variety of mediums, from both professional and amateur artists based in East Anglia and beyond. Many of the art works are for sale.
Thanks to funding we have received from Arts Council England we were able to offer this opportunity without charging artists to submit their artworks. We’re a contemporary space, supported by volunteers, with the ambition of being the creative heart of Ely and West Anglia.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 5th August to Monday 30th August (inclusive) and the gallery will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm with free entry. If you aren't able to visit the exhibition in person, here is a little walk around video to enjoy:
Meet the panel
Our selection panel of local artists, curators and tutors had the difficult task of choosing the works from over 200 artwork submissions from around 177 artists - over 96% more than we received in 2019!
Our open call has now closed for submissions and the artworks have now been selected. Thank you to all who applied. If you would like to apply next year, sign up to our e-newsletter to get updates.
Iwona is a synesthetic abstract artist based in Ely. Iwona enjoys experimenting with acrylics to create texture and definition and is passionate about bold colours, believing they are strongly associated with emotions.
She is drawn to memorable pieces, works that stand out, and which tell the story behind something, and those that are unique. She is also interested in styles and techniques showing the relationship between different colours and different media (paints, textiles, glass, ceramics etc).
Olu is a Black mixed-media artist from Boston, Lincolnshire. He recently curated his own exhibition, I Matter, at the Babylon Gallery, featuring the work of fifteen Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists. Olu has volunteered within Mansions of the Future (in Lincoln) and participates in the Circuit Cambridge programme.
Sid White-Jones is a photographic artist based in Cambridge. He recently curated the contemporary art exhibition No Frost at Night at Babylon ARTS, Ely and has previously worked as a guest editor for the lens-based magazine Uncertain States. In 2019, he graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Photography and was awarded a place on the Visa Pour l’image documentary photography programme. His work has appeared within ICBQ Magazine & The Scaffold by Folium Publishing with exhibitions held at The Old Truman Brewery, London and Motion Sickness Project Space, Cambridge.
With over 30 years' experience in the arts in the Eastern Region, Liz has curated hundreds of exhibitions featuring work by local, regional, national and international artists. She continues to support artists and mentor young people and is passionate about the power of art to transform lives.
Stuart Green is Babylon Gallery’s exhibition installer, and an artist and tutor with over fifty years of experience in art education.
The Babylon ARTS Summer Open is sponsored by: