How are artists making London a vibrant place to live? This is your chance to submit your work to The London Open 2018, Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial exhibition that showcases the most dynamic work being made across the capital today.
The London Open is a triennial exhibition open to all artists aged 26 or over living or working in London. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, drawing, performances and installations.
With a rich history, first known as the East End Academy, then the Whitechapel Open, and finally The London Open, the Whitechapel Gallery has been open for submissions to exhibit since 1932. From the 1970s, when the area around the Gallery in East London was home to some of the UK’s most important artists, it also became a launch pad for many artists in the early stages of their career, including Peter Doig, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Wentworth and Rachel Whiteread.
Since 2012 Whitechapel Gallery has expanded the reach of The London Open exhibition to include artists from all over London, recognising the Gallery’s cultural role in the city and reputation for exhibiting the best in contemporary art.
Applications for the London Open 2018 are now closed. The list of selected artists will be announced in February 2018.
The London Open 2018 selection panel is composed of Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator; Cameron Foote, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery; Ryan Gander, Artist; Paul Hedge, Hales Gallery; Robert Suss, Collector and Amy Sherlock, Frieze Magazine.
Any medium of work made after 2015. Previous editions of the London Open have included a wide range of different media, including painting, performance, drawing, digital media and sculpture.
Applications for the London Open 2018 close at midnight on 26 November 2017. Any applications made after this date cannot be considered.
Entries will be selected by Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator; Cameron Foote, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery; Ryan Gander, Artist; Amy Sherlock, Frieze Magazine; Paul Hedge, Hales Gallery and Robert Suss, Collector.
The submission fee is £25 per application (regardless of how many works are submitted), which goes towards our administration costs for the organisation, installation and promotion of The London Open 2018. It is not possible to apply without paying this fee, which is non-refundable. You can submit this payment online as part of the application process.
You can submit up to 5 examples of your practice. This can be in the form of images or links to video or audio works, or a combination of both (e.g. 3 images, 2 video or audio links). Your work will be selected by the visual material submitted.