Now in its 37th year, we are delighted to announce the return of the Annual Open Exhibition at Southwark Park Galleries, supported by Breckman & Company. Following the success of last year’s online exhibition, the 2021 exhibition will be held both online and in Southwark Park Galleries, Lake Gallery.
The Annual Open Exhibition exists to encourage artists at all stages of their career from across the UK to submit their work as part of a large-scale annual salon show. Since the gallery opened in 1984, the Open has been a highlight of Southwark Park Galleries’ calendar. Each year, the exhibition brings together over 300 works from artists of all backgrounds from across the UK, with last year’s online exhibition drawing over 900 entries.
The exhibition showcases the diverse practices of artists working in the UK today, with drawing, painting, photography, print, sculpture & video work represented. From its inception, the ethos of the Open has always been about accessible participation for all; to this day there is no selection criteria or judging panel.
Each year there is a ‘Best in Show’ prize, selected by an artist who has participated in the Open or is involved in our forthcoming programme. The cash prize of £500 is generously donated by Breckman & Company.