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 2021, the open call attracted over 175 artists, with more than 400 artworks submitted for consideration.
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.
Babylon ARTS are keen to provide artists with opportunities to showcase their work and want to remove barriers so that these opportunities are as inclusive as possible. At this time, the arts charity are not core funded, which means that their work relies on raising funds through various different means. This year, the Gallery are inviting artists to 'pay what they can' to submit artworks for consideration in our selected Summer Open exhibition.
Claire Somerville, chief executive of Babylon ARTS stated: “We’re really looking forward to receiving submissions for this year's 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.”
The deadline for submissions is 10am, Monday 6th June.
The exhibition will run from Friday 29th July to Sunday 28th August.
[Images above: Summer Open 2021 exhibition]
How to apply
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.