Hastings Open 2020: Call for Entries

Hastings Open 2020 is for UK and international visual artists working in the following artistic mediums: painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, and video.

Entries must be made through our online application portal

You can download a copy of the Hastings Open 2020 Exhibition Pack here.

The Hastings Open 2020 Exhibition Pack includes:

  • Terms and conditions
  • Application form and key dates overview
  • Payment, sales and commission
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Hastings Museum & Art Gallery contact details

What is needed to complete the online entry form?

You will be asked for:

  • Your contact details
  • Details of each artwork you are submitting including: title, date, dimensions, medium, description, and images. You will need to do this for each of the art works you are submitting
  • A JPEG, PDF or MP4 of each artwork in jpeg format (max 10MB per artwork)
  • Artist statement or description of your practice (maximum 300 words)

For digital, audio, mixed media and video works:

There is a section on the form for you to include URL hyperlinks to the content and also for any passwords that are required to view the work.

How many artworks can I submit?

You can submit from 1 to 5 artworks in total. Diptychs and triptychs will be counted as a single entry. The full work must be shown in the accompanying image.

How much does it cost to enter?

It costs £5 to enter one artwork and £20 to submit up to five artworks.

Does my work need to be for sale?

No. If your work is for sale then please enter the sale price when prompted. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery will take 15% commission from any sales made during the exhibition.

When will I know if I have been successful?

All artists will be notified by email on or before 31 March 2020.

Who is on the panel?

The panel of guest judges includes:

  • Kate Adams – artist and CEO Project Art Works, Hastings, in collaboration with Ellen Prebble – artist-maker, Project Art Works, Hastings
  • Kenton Lowe – blackShed gallery, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
  • Patrick Adam Jones – Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea
  • Phoebe Cripps – Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery, London, and Associate Curator at Flatland, Hastings

Does Hastings Open 2020 have a prize?

Yes, there is a single prize comprising:

  • A research residency at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery in 2020/21
  • A solo exhibition at blackShed Gallery in 2021
  • A production fee of £500

Key dates to remember

  • Submission deadline: 23 February 2020
  • All artists will be notified by email on or before 1 March 2020
  • Exhibition dates: 2 May to 5 July

Opportunity Type


Contact Name

Hastings Open

Contact Email




Start Date

20th February 2020

Closing Date

23rd February 2020