When: Mon Aug 24, 2015
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: The London Group Open 2015 Call for Entries
The UK’s longest-running and most prestigious artist co-operative, The London Group, is delighted to announce the call for entries for its 82nd open exhibition. The London Group Open 2015 offers a wonderful opportunity for emerging and established artists to raise their profile, win cash and material prizes, and exhibit their work to the public alongside the Group’s esteemed members. This year, entries can be made online for the first time, simplifying the application process.
The London Group’s archivist, David Redfern, reflects on the long history of the Open: “In 1917 London Group members extended an invitation to fellow artists to join them in exhibition. Over approximately one hundred years the Group has repeated this invitation eighty-one times, and this year the tradition is continued as present members invite contemporary artists to join them in The London Group Open 2015.”
“The London Group’s mission statement is to advance public awareness of contemporary art and the Group is seriously committed to offering artists the opportunity to show, giving them a boost in a tough career, and thereby nurturing and supporting the development of the art of the future. The Group feels privileged to be able to offer a number of valuable prizes and takes pride in acknowledging excellence through these awards. Past exhibitors have gained a great deal from showing alongside members, benefitting from the interaction, and have thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie for which the Group is well-known.” Susan Haire, President.
In recognition of today’s increasingly diversified art scene, the Open welcomes innovative, challenging works in any medium, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, installation, video and performance. Successful entrants will see their work hung in one of two exhibitions, staged during October and November 2015 at The Cello Factory.
Previous winners have benefited from a range of subsequent career opportunities, with some even being invited to join The London Group as a member, testifying to the value of the Open as a means of gaining recognition. Caroline Jane Harris, a prizewinner in The London Group Open 2013, states: “Winning the 'Chelsea Arts Club Trust Stan Smith Award' in 2013 was both a surprise and a fantastic boost to my work at the time, allowing me to invest more in the materials and the finish of my work. As a result I was invited to exhibit in a show at a gallery in Fitzrovia, which led to a solo exhibition there the following year.”
A selection of generous awards will be presented to the most successful works on show, as judged by prize givers and The London Group Selection Committee. Jane England, a Selector from The London Group Open 2013, remarks on the fairness of the process: “I was impressed by the excellent organisation and care put into the selection process, with every entry given equal consideration and put to a vote.”
This year’s awards will include a three-person exhibition at The Cello Factory, and the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art purchase prize. Included within the £5000 prize fund is the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Stan Smith Award for an artist under 35 (£1,500), a sculpture prize awarded by Jeff Lowe (£500), the GX Gallery Annual prize (£300), and the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing (£300). Material prizes include the Winsor & Newton Materials Prize for Painting and Drawing (£500), and £300 worth of photographic services from Patrick Gorman.
How to Enter:
This year, submissions for The Open should be made online, via the link on the website www.thelondongroup.com. There is a £20 entry fee for one submission, £35 for two submissions or £45 for three submissions, to be paid online with the application. Artists can submit up to three works, which must have been produced since 2013.
ENTER ONLINE: www.thelondongroup.com
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Monday 24th August 2015