20-21 Open Exhibition of Art and Sculpture

20-21 Open Exhibition 2011

Image of 2011 20-21 Open winning painting by Jason Carlisle20-21 Open exhibition 2010Work by 2014 Open exhibition winner Terry Clarke20-21 Open exhibition 2014


29 September 2018 to 5 January 2019

After a break in 2017, the 20-21 Open Exhibition is set for a return this autumn as we invite artists from across the region to submit their work.

Both amateur and professional artists over the age of 16 living within the Humber and Lincolnshire region (DN, LN or HU postcode areas) are invited to submit artworks for the exhibition. Our independent judges will select the best works to be exhibited and to win one of our prizes.

Over £1000 of cash prizes on offer!

A prize of £500 plus, and an opportunity to exhibit at 20-21 and a professionally produced artist profile video worth over £1000 sponsored by KNOW MEDIA will be on offer for the winner.

Runners-up will receive cash prizes sponsored by local businesses, including a cash prize for our visitors’ favourite in our Visitors’ Choice award sponsored by Bewley’s. There will also be a £200 prize to the best student entry sponsored by G.S. Kelsey Ltd.

Key Dates

Exhibition Dates: 29 September 2018 to 5 January 2019

Handing in Dates: Thur 13 to Sat 15 September 2018

Click here to download an application form and information sheet.

You can print this form yourself or pick up a copy from gallery reception. If you have entered the Open previously you will be sent forms through the post shortly. Submissions will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed application form.
There are two classes for submission:
Class I: Painting, printing, drawing, photography, framed textiles and digital media (sound or video etc).
Class II: Sculpture, ceramics, 3D works, unframed textiles, and works measuring over 2m in any direction.

Submitting Class I artworks

Work must be delivered to 20-21, with a completed entry form and payment on the designated handing in days. Works in film or video should be supplied in DVD format, or by supplying a link to the work via an online video site such as Vimeo or Youtube.

Submitting Class II artworks

(Sculpture, 3D and oversize works) Work can be entered by sending up to six good quality photos or digital images, along with a completed entry form and payment. Cheques should be made out to North Lincolnshire Council. Selected Class II work must be delivered to 20-21 between 24 to 26 September.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone 16 years of age or over resident at an address with a Doncaster (DN), Lincolnshire (LN) or Hull (HU) Postcode. Entrants to the Student Prize should tick the relevant box on the application form.


There will be an entry fee of £5.00 per artwork, £2.50 concessions (unemployed, students, pensioners. Proof required in all cases at time of entry). Acceptance to the final exhibition is not guaranteed and fees are not refundable.


-A maximum of three artworks may be entered per person.
-Class I work must be either framed or on stretched canvas, with a means to secure the work with ‘mirror plates’.
-Large oversized works measuring over 2m in any direction should be submitted as Class II work (photographic documentation), please do not bring these works to the gallery prior to selection
-All works should be unpacked on delivery and the packaging taken away.
-Please remove all hangers and fittings from the back of artworks and mark ‘TOP’ on the rear of the work.
-‘Clip’ frames, metal or plastic frames are not permitted.


This year’s independent judges will be announced shortly.


Works are submitted at the owner’s own risk and 20-21 is not liable for damage caused during delivery, storage and selection. It is the responsibility of the artist to arrange insurance cover during these times if necessary. All selected work will be fully insured during the exhibition period.

20-21 Open Sponsors

We are delighted to once again partner with local businesses to provide prizes for the 20-21 Open exhibition:


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20-21 Mailing list update – please sign up to receive copies of our leaflets and Open forms

Due to new data protection regulations we are in the process of renewing our mailing lists. If you have previously received leaflets or other information via post or email, you will need to sign up to our new mailing list in order to receive this information in the future.

Please click here to download a form to sign up to our mailing lists.

Complete the blank sections and e-mail the completed form to 20-21.epd@northlincs.gov.uk with the words ‘Mailing List’ in the subject box. Alternatively you can print out a copy and return to the reception at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15 6TB.