A highlight of the Babylon Gallery’s exhibition calendar, the selected Summer Open Exhibition provides an opportunity for amateur and professional artists to showcase their work. In 2020 the open call attracted over 120 artists, with more than 300 artworks submitted for consideration.
This year, thanks to the Covid relief funding that Babylon ARTS has received through the Culture Recovery Fund, there will be no submission fee for artists. All visual arts are welcome, including (and not limited to): photography, painting, illustration, digital media, mixed media, textiles, ceramics, glassware and more. The Gallery hopes to once again fill its walls and plinths with art works.
Claire Somerville, chief executive of Babylon ARTS stated: “We’re really looking forward to receiving submissions for this years’ Summer Open. It’s open to all artists over 16 and we particularly want to encourage people from Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and West Norfolk to apply and those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds, such as D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and artists from minority ethnic backgrounds.”
Claire continues: “This year we’ve formed a new selection panel to review all the submissions, comprising: Olu Taiwo, a Babylon Young Curator and Black artist from Boston, Lincs; Sid White-Jones, also a Babylon Young Curator and photographic artist; Iwona Smyk, Ely-based synesthetic abstract painter; Liz Falconbridge, curator, mentor and arts professional; and Stuart Green, experienced artist, arts educator and exhibition installer.”
The deadline for submissions is midday Monday 12th July.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 5th to Sunday 30th August.
How to apply
To find out more, download our call out guidance here or listen to our call out.
To apply, download and fill in our entry form here and return to 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
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.
Babylon ARTS Summer Open 2021 is sponsored by: