Applications for artists to participate in the Manchester Open Exhibition 2022 will open on Wednesday June 16.

At the first Manchester Open in 2020 – the most successful exhibition in HOME history – over 33,000 visitors enjoyed 543 works of art by 451 artists. It was the first regional exhibition of its kind to welcome contributions from people of different backgrounds and levels of experience, including established professionals, new and emerging talent, avid amateurs, and first-time artists.

Over 2,000 people applied for the first exhibition. The final selection was made by an independent panel made up of art experts and community representatives.

Submissions will be made through an online web portal on the HOME website and will be open to everyone, including those who may already identify as artists and those who may not work in a medium. It is free to submit papers for examination, although HOME sponsors donations to support their contact and engagement program.

HOME curator Bren O’Callaghan, who initiated the exhibition, said: “As the most popular exhibition in HOME history with over 33,000 visitors, we had no doubt that the Manchester Open would now return as a biannual celebration. The experience was like drilling an oil well only to be soaked by a sky-high well of local talent. This led to several conversations and new assignments, all with artists we would not otherwise have met.

“Although it was an exceptionally challenging year, artistic expression has played a vital role in digesting and translating our experiences, from promoting window posters to sharing postal art to photographing the changing city skyline, drawing live -Streams or turning boxed bedrooms into home studios.

“The aim of the Manchester Open is to create a platform and expand opportunities for those who live and work in the GM region, with visitors giving a resounding approval. From the queue of 2,000 who snaked around the block on our opening night, or those who had raised over £ 20,000 in original works of art now on display in homes across the region, providing income for artists in uncertain circumstances.

“I suspect we have loosened a rolling boulder that will continue to flatten the path for generations of up-and-coming regional artists in the years to come.”

There will also be a return of the Manchester Open Awards – £ 2,000 bespoke scholarships that include talent development assistance and are awarded in partnership with Castlefield Gallery. The People’s Choice Award, won by George Fell in 2020 Octopus, will also return.

The submission window will close in September and successful artists will be notified in October. The Manchester Open Exhibition 2022 will run from Friday January 14th to Sunday March 27th 2022.


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