Local artists encouraged to submit their work to Coventry Open 2020

The competition welcomes regional artists in all stages of their career to submit their work to be showcased at the Herbert Art Gallery.

‘Kite’ by Coventry Open 2018 winner Jack Foster.

Artists from across the region are being encouraged to take part in a competition which could see their work displayed at a major gallery and win a cash prize.

The Coventry Open returns for its eleventh year at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, giving local artists the chance to showcase their work. 

Entries to the competition need to be submitted at the Herbert Art Gallery on Saturday, 15 February from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm and can include painting, drawing, print and sculptures, through to textiles, photography and film.

The competition welcomes regional artists in all stages of their career to submit their work and a panel of expert judges will decide which works will be highlighted from 29 February until 19 April. 

Once the pieces are on show, visitors will get the chance to choose their favourite piece.

This year’s judging panel includes Aidan Moesby, an artist and Associate Curator at MIMA Middlesbrough, Alexandra Blum, an Artistic Educator at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Sylvia Theuri, an artist, researcher and curator who specialises in race and identity. 

In 2018, Coventry University student Jack Foster was named by judges as the winner with his oil canvas painting ‘Kite’ earning him the £1,000 prize. 

Joy Corcec, communications officer at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s submissions to the Coventry Open 2020.  

“This exhibition is a real treat, and the perfect opportunity for up-and-coming artists to have their work showcased to visitors. 

Francis Ranford, cultural and creative director added: “With Coventry City of Culture 2021 just a year away, we are working hard to promote the region’s emerging artists. We are excited to see bold paintings, remarkable sculptures, and inventive crafts.”

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and living, studying or working in the West Midlands region.

Work submitted must be original and have been made after February 2018. A maximum of two works may be submitted at £5 per work.

For competition terms and conditions and more information on the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, visit https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1516/coventry_open_2020.