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Manchester Open Exhibition 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Manchester Open?
The Manchester Open is a new open-submission exhibition for the Greater Manchester region. Anyone who lives in Greater Manchester, of any background or level of artistic experience, can submit an artwork to be considered for the exhibition.

Where will the Manchester Open take place?
It will take place in the main gallery at HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film. HOME can be found in the heart of Manchester city centre in Tony Wilson Place, just off Whitworth Street West and a stone’s throw from Deansgate Castlefield Metrolink station. Since opening in 2015, HOME has welcomed over 2.9 million visitors to see thrilling theatre and dance shows, experience great independent films from across the world, dive into the new art in our galleries, relax in our café and browse our bookshop.

Who is eligible to submit work to the Manchester Open?
Anyone who lives in Greater Manchester (ie you have a Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford or Wigan postcode).

If you do not have a permanent address or are experiencing unstable housing circumstances, please email manchesteropen@homemcr.org and we will advise you on the most appropriate postcode to use.

Are there any age restrictions on who can submit?
To submit an entry yourself you must be aged 13 or over.

Children under 13 may enter, but their work must be submitted by a parent, guardian or teacher on their behalf.

Do you need a proof of address?
We require only a valid postcode within the Greater Manchester region for you to proceed through the online application process. We trust that you are providing the correct information. If your submitted artwork is chosen to appear in the exhibition, you may be called upon to discuss your location in a broader context, such as a conversation about your practice, or in a local news item.

What are the dates of the exhibition?
The exhibition preview will take place on Friday 17 January 2020, exact times to be confirmed. The exhibition will run from Saturday 18 January to Sun 15 March, 2020.

When is the deadline for submission?
The deadline for uploading entry submissions is 23:59 on Monday 7 October 2019.

What type of work can I submit?
The categories are as follows:

  • Painting and Prints
  • Illustration and Drawing
  • Photography
  • Audio/Visual
  • Sculpture and Object
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Spoken Word and Performance

If your work falls into multiple categories, e.g. a painting that incorporates photographic elements, please pick all categories that apply.

Are there any restrictions on the type of work I can submit?
Work must have been made within the past two years (2018-2019) and not have been exhibited in Manchester city centre. If work has been exhibited elsewhere in the region or UK it is still admissable. The work must be complete (not a proposal) and original.

Please see Terms & Conditions for further details regarding restrictions upon size, type, duration and materials.

How much does it cost to submit?
We are proud to welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds and experience to the Manchester Open. There is no fee to submit an artwork but, if you are able, we ask that you consider making a small, optional donation. HOME is a registered charity and we rely on the generosity of our visitors and supporters to raise the £650,000 a year to bring our work to life and share it with the widest possible audience. Your support will go towards the funding of Manchester Open as well as helping to keep our galleries free and will be gratefully received.

The recommended donation is £5 per artwork submission.

Why does HOME need to encourage donations?
As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our members, supporters, trusts and foundations to help us to bring our work to life, share it with the widest possible audience and keep our ticket prices affordable. In addition to ticket income and other funding we need to raise over £650,000 every year.

Your support makes it possible for us to create a HOME for people of all ages and backgrounds, including the communities on our doorstep and Manchester’s next generation of creative talent.

Is it possible for groups to submit work, as well as individuals?
Yes! We do not have a separate groups entry form, but you can follow the standard process for submissions and upload the information for each work you’re submitting on behalf of your group, one at a time. Alternately, you may wish to attend one of our  Manchester Open drop-in sessions across the region, where our team will help you photograph and complete your submission, or answer any questions you may have.

I’m a teacher at a school. Can I submit a group entry?
Yes! We do not have a separate schools entry form, but you can follow the standard process for submissions and upload the information for each work you’re submitting on behalf of your class, one at a time. Alternately, you may wish to attend one of our Manchester Open drop-in sessions across the region, where our team will help you photograph and complete your submission, or answer any questions you may have.

How much does it cost to submit a group or school entry?
There is no charge to submit your artwork, but a ‘pay what you can’ voluntary donation of £5 per work is encouraged. All donations will be used to support the work of HOME’s Visual Art programme and work with communities and groups across Greater Manchester.

How many works can I submit?
Each individual artist or creative can submit up to two works apiece.

If you are submitting work on behalf of a group or multiple people, you can submit up to two works per person.

Will everything that’s submitted be shown in the exhibition?
No. Submissions are reviewed by the Manchester Open selection committee who will choose the final selection of work for the exhibition. They’ll be considering lots of factors in their choices, including the overall balance, the type of work submitted, repetition of style of subject matter, scale/duration, impact on surrounding work (e.g. amplified audio) and creative vision.

How many works do you expect to show?
We do not know how many works will be submitted, or how many will be chosen, but we expect the final number to be presented to be in the region of 500+ works of art.

Who is on the selection panel?
The selection panel is headed by Bren O’Callaghan, Curator, HOME. He is joined by Jamil Abdulkader (Age Friendly Manchester), Monique Jarret (Triple C – Creative Confidence Collective), Anne Louise Kershaw (Community & Outreach Producer, HOME), Mario Popham (Photographer, Curator), Kate Vokes (Director of Culture, Bruntwood) and Helen Wewiora (Director, Castlefield Gallery).

Further information on the panel

Will the selection panel know if I have made a donation?
No, the selection panel will not know if or how much you have donated. This information is kept private and is not recorded against your entry.

Are there prizes or an overall winner?
There is no one overall winner, but we are introducing the Manchester Open Awards. These will continue to be confirmed during the submission process, but we expect there to be no fewer than five awards to the value of £2,000 each.

This includes the inaugural bOlder Greater Manchester Prize (see below). All awards are granted as part of an artist development package – we wish to discuss with recipients how best to allocate the money, such as research, materials, studio rent, skills training, website build, travel, artist residencies, production or new work.

The Manchester Open People’s Choice Award will be chosen by attendees to the exhibition, who will be encouraged to vote for three works by in-person ballot, each receiving one vote of equal value apiece.

bOlder Greater Manchester Prize
Greater Manchester Combined Authority is delighted to sponsor the bOlder Greater Manchester Prize for an emerging artist aged 50+ as part of the Great Place GM Project and our commitment to encouraging creativity and access to arts and culture throughout the life course.

The prize winner will be the entrant who is judged to show most potential and talent by the panel. Entrants can be amateur, professional, student or graduate artists, the only criteria is that they are over the age of 50 on 01/01/2020 and based in the UK.

The aim of the prize is to support the career of a talented, older artist and bring their talent to a wider audience. The prize consists of a package of talent development up to the value of £2,000 to be decided by the winning artist in collaboration with HOME and GMCA.

Will the artwork be for sale?
Artists and creatives taking part in the exhibition can decide if they would like to make their artwork available for sale. Artwork for sale can be purchased from HOME during the run of the exhibition but can only be removed upon close of exhibition. The artist receives 70% of any sales. HOME will retain 30% of any sales top cover administrative costs and support future work in its visual art, talent development and engagement programmes.

How much should I charge for my work?
Please see the document Guide to Pricing Your Work for Sale.

Do I have to sell my work? I don’t want to
No, you do not have to sell your work if you don’t want to. This is entirely optional.

Is this the first open exhibition in the region?
No, many established open submission exhibitions with catchment areas of a specific but usually smaller radius run successfully at multiple venues across the region. However, we believe we are the first to broaden the interpretation of ‘open’ to mean everyone living or working within Greater Manchester, regardless of age, background, membership or experience.

Will the exhibition be free for the public to attend?
Yes, the Manchester Open exhibition will be free to attend.

I have a question that is not answered above, or I am having trouble with the application process
Email manchesteropen@homemcr.org We aim to answer all enquiries but there may be times when it takes us a little longer than we would like. Thank you for your patience.