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 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.
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.
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.