Our annual showcase of artworks
The Summer Open returns for another year! Featuring both professional and amateur artists based in East Anglia and beyond, the exhibition promises to feature an exciting range of artworks. Many of the artworks will be for sale.
We've launched our call for artworks to take part in the selected annual exhibition. To find out more and apply, scroll further down the page.
Take a look at last year's exhibition in the video below:
Call For Works
Calling all artists! We’d love to showcase your work in our riverside gallery for our annual selected Summer Open Exhibition.
We welcome submissions from all artists, in particular those living in Cambridgeshire, West Norfolk and West Suffolk. We are also keen to receive submissions from traditionally under-represented groups, such as D/deaf, disabled and neuro-diverse artists, and artists who are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
The exhibition will run from Friday 29th July to Sunday 28th August 2022. We’ll be hoping to fill our walls and plinths with a diverse range of artworks from professional and amateur artists over the age of 16. We welcome artworks in all forms, included – but not limited to – paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles, mixed media and more.
How to apply
To find out more, download our call out guidance PDF here (325KB).
To apply, fill in our form here.
Deadline: 10am, Monday 6th June.
If you have any questions or issues with the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you decide to apply or not, we would ask you to complete our Summer Open Diversity and Inclusion Questionnaire. At Babylon ARTS we want to ensure we're including all sections of our community in our activities. This form will allow us to understand who we are reaching, and identify those groups that we are currently failing to reach. Please be assured this information will not be connected with your submission in any way.
Meet the Panel
Freelance Curator, gallerist and art consultant, since graduating in Fine Art & Music (1997), Devi has built extensive experience across Arts-related environments, working in music publishing, managing British commercial contemporary galleries, opening her own Art Centre in south London and recently as Artistic Director of the Siren Arts & Environmental Festival.
Currently based at Thompson’s Gallery (Aldeburgh), which specialises in modern British artists and Scottish colourists, Devi has represented the gallery at national art fairs, managed and curated the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower sculpture gardens, and devised a series of innovative art concept talks.
Previously owner of South-London Gallery & Arts Centre ‘Melting Pot’, it was here she found her calling, and the ambition to build an inclusive community environment where multi arts-based making opportunities were created, for everyone. “I’m driven to communicate and celebrate artistic voices, to champion and amplify awareness of their art and ideas. The joy for me, comes from growing relationships of mutual trust and understanding with artists, to nurture and catalyse their very best work.”
Kinnari Saraiya is a Wordbuilder, Artist, Curator and Writer. She works across film, interactive 3D digital immersive environments, installation, animation, folk dance and sound which allows her to interweave complex sensorial narratives together. She was recognised to be of Exceptional Promise by the Arts Council England in 2021 and she currently works at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as a Curatorial Fellow, supported by Frieze and Deutsche Bank.
Stuart Green is Babylon Gallery’s exhibition installer, and an artist and tutor with over fifty years of experience in art education.