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Artists from across Hertfordshire are invited to submit work to the Hertfordshire Open 2020, a new open exhibition organised by St Albans Museum + Gallery in partnership with UHArts, the University of Hertfordshire’s arts and cultural programme. 

As part of Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020, this exhibition aims to bring a rich selection of artistic ideas and approaches to the centre of St Albans. Applications are welcome from practicing artists – individuals and collectives – working in any medium, with a strong connection to Hertfordshire.

The exhibition, at St Albans Museums + Gallery from 4 April – 21 June next year, will take place in the prestigious Weston Gallery. It will be a key event in the 2020 programme. 
The exhibition will be free to visit and will be on display in the Weston Gallery. 

The call for entries is now open and submissions will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 29 November.

Applications can be made online on the UHArts website.

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Submission Guidelines and Application Form

Artworks will be selected from digital images. Up to three artworks per artist may be submitted. 

Shortlisting and judging will take place in December. All artworks will be selected by an independent panel of judges. 

The panel will include:

  • Maurice Davies, former Head of Collections at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • Phil Healey, Dean of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and previously Head of the Department of Visual Arts and Design at Middlesex University.
  • Annabel Lucas, Head of UHArts (University of Hertfordshire) with over 20 years’ experience of programming, curating, commissioning contemporary and modern visual art.
  • Liz West, a British artist whose broad body of work includes site-specific installations, sculpture and wall-based artworks. She has exhibited her work across the world in both solo and group exhibitions and studied at Glasgow School of Art. 

As well as the opportunity to be displayed in the museum and gallery, a selection of additional prizes will be awarded to artists.

Prizes include a solo exhibition in the Keeper’s Galleries at St Albans Museum + Gallery from December 2020 – February 2021.

Additional prizes will be awarded by sponsors of the exhibition.

Key Dates:

Bursary deadline: Friday 22 November 2019
Submission deadline: Friday 29 November 2019, at 5pm
Exhibition: 4 April – 21 June 2020

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