Babylon ARTS Summer Open 2024

Babylon ARTS Summer Open 2024

Our annual showcase of artworks - submit you entries now! 

The highly anticipated Summer Open returns for another year! We are seeking submissions from both professional and amateur artists based in East Anglia and beyond. We welcome pieces in a variety of styles and media, and our selection panel will look to curate a diverse and exciting exhibition featuring the full range of artistic talent found across our region.

This year's exhibition opens at 12pm on Friday 2nd August and ends at 4pm on Sunday 1st September.

If you would like to submit artwork for consideration, please complete the form below.

Important information to consider before entering:

  • You will need to upload a photograph of each artwork when you submit your entry (max 3 per artist).
  • As a charity, we are keen to provide artists with opportunities to showcase their work, but we also need to be sustainable, so there is an entry fee payable of £10 per work.
  • You must be willing to make your work available for sale. You are free to set the sale price, but please bear in mind that Babylon ARTS' will deduct 30% commission (plus 20% VAT on the commission amount) should your artwork sell, so make sure you take this into account.
  • Submissions will be presented anonymously to our Summer Open Panel (details of panel below).
  • The Panel will select works for inclusion based on artistic considerations, including ensuring a balance of items and styles, as well as space and practicalities. The Panel’s decision is final.
  • While most of the work will be 2D wall-based, we welcome smaller 3D and craft pieces.
  • The maximum size for 2D wall-based artwork is 1m x 1m.
  • We can accommodate small 3D pieces (up to c. 50cm x 50cm x 50cm)
  • If chosen, wall-hung artworks must be delivered with either picture cord or mirror plates attached.
  • Selected works will need to be delivered on Sunday 28 July (4 - 6pm) or Monday 29 July (9am - 1pm) or received by courier by those dates to allow for hanging.
  • You agree to collect, or arrange collection of, your unsold work(s) within 14 days of the exhibition close. Babylon ARTS is unable to store unsold works and reserves the right to dispose of any work not collected within this time span without a prior written arrangement.

Entries must be received by 12pm (midday) on Monday 1st July. Make sure you read and agree to the terms and conditions, listed on the entry form, before submitting.


Meet the Panel

Artist Jay Morally
Jay Morally (Jay the Creator)

Jay Morally is an artist, writer and poet with roots in South London, his journey has been shaped by both personal experiences and a burning desire to effect positive change within our community. He has a history of working within mental health services, and is committed to increasing access to quality mental health care. As a Community Creative Facilitator, he helps local communities plan and take part in creative activities. Within his creative practice, he mirrors life’s complexities and explores the human condition.

Jay has been featured at Babylon Gallery in Ely, Peterborough Museum, Tate Lates, The Artist Lounge, Holy Art and has also collaborated with the London Mayors office, Waitrose, Lambeth Council, Islington Council, Greenwich Council, Lambeth Mind and more…


Artist Madhu Manipatruni

Madhu Manipatruni

Madhu Manipatruni is a visual artist based in Peterborough. Her practice includes drawing, painting and digital works. More recently she has been working with textile traditions of wood block print and kantha stitch, drawing on her roots in India. Her work exploring hidden histories of cotton textiles titled ‘Threadbare Narratives’ was exhibited at the British Textile Biennial 2023 and supported by Arts Council England. Currently she is Artist in Residence at PARCA (Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association).

Madhu has previously completed commissions for PARCA community, Lancashire Textile Gallery and Cultural Steering Group, Peterborough. She has been an Artist in residence at Nene Park Trust and Metal Culture, Peterborough. She holds an MA in Creative Technology from De Montfort University, Leicester.


Artist Stuart Green

Stuart Green

Stuart Green is Babylon Gallery’s exhibition installer, board member and an artist and tutor with over fifty years of experience in art education.

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