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Manchester Open Exhibition 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Manchester Open?
The Manchester Open Exhibition is HOME’S first major open-entry art show celebrating the creative talent of Greater Manchester residents. The Manchester Open will bring together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, digital and mixed media, video and audio, spoken word, performance and more.

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.

What are the dates of the exhibition?
 The exhibition will run from Saturday 18 January to Sun 29 March, 2020.

Will there be an exhibition preview?
Yes, the exhibition preview will take place on Fri 17 Jan from 18.00-21.00 Everyone is invited!

Will the exhibition be free for the public to attend?
Yes, the Manchester Open exhibition will be free to attend but we do have a optional donation for all visitors entering the gallery so we can keep work

What type of works are being shown in the exhibition??
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

Will everything that’s submitted be shown in the exhibition?
No. Submissions have been reviewed by the Manchester Open selection committee who have chosen the final selection of work for the exhibition. They considered  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 will be presenting 500+ works of art in the main gallery.

Who was 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).

Are there prizes or an overall winner?
There is no one overall winner, but we are introducing the Manchester Open Awards that will take place on Thu 20 Feb from 18.00-20.00. We expect there to be five awards to the value of £2 fewer,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.

Can I sell more than one copy/edition of my artwork?
The Manchester Open will only facilitate the sale of your listed artwork as it appears in the gallery.
We are unable to facilitate multiple sales, extra editions or multiples.

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.


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.