The Whitechapel Gallery invites artists aged 26 or over, living and working in the London postal district to apply for The London Open

Applications for the London Open 2015 are now closed. Submissions are being reviewed by the Selection Panel. All applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision by Monday, 16 February 2015. Selected artists will exhibit at the Whitechapel Gallery in the summer of 2015. The exhibition will be curated by Daniel Hermann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies, and Poppy Bowers, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.


The Whitechapel Gallery has organised open submission exhibitions since 1932. Originally for artists living or working in east London, the exhibition now celebrates creativity across the capital.


15 July-6 September 2015
Galleries 1, 2, 8 and Victor Petitgas Gallery (Gallery 9)
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX


  • The London Open 2015 is open to all artists aged 26 or over (on the first day of the call for entries, 24 September 2014) who live and/or work in the London Boroughs. These are: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, and Wandsworth. They are included in the following postcodes: N, NW, SW, SE, W, WC, E, EC, EN, IG, RM, DA, BR, CR, SM, KT, TW, UB, HA and WD.
  • Applications are accepted from artists working in any medium however work submitted must have been made during or after the year 2012.
  • Artists working collaboratively are eligible to apply, as long as they fulfil the criteria above.


Applications for the London Open 2015 are now closed. Any applications received after 17.00 on Wednesday 17 December 2014 cannot be considered

Administration Fee

The submission fee is £25 per entrant, which goes towards our administration costs. It is not possible to apply without paying this fee, which is non-refundable.

The Entry Process

Please complete all sections of the online application form and ensure that you tick the box to confirm that you understand and agree to the terms and conditions. It is not possible to submit your application without paying the administration fee of £25.


Call for entries: 24 September – 17 December 2014
Long list selection by Whitechapel Gallery curators: By 30 January 2015
Short list selection by expert panel: By 15 February 2015
Successful artists notified: By 16 February 2015
Private view: 14 July 2015
Exhibition dates: 15 July – 6 September 2015

Visual Documentation

  • You may submit up to 5 image or 5 links to video or audio works of both to represent your practice.
  • Only work made during or after the year 2012 will be considered. All images should be 72dpi JPEGs in RGB mode and with a maximum file size of 500KB. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and a number from 1-5 e.g. SmithJohn1.jpg. This number should correspond with the image information on your online application form.
  • If your work or documentation involves moving image or sound, please upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and paste links in the relevant boxes. Each clip must be no longer than 5 minutes long and must be labelled so that it is easily identifiable as your work. You may submit a mixture of images and videos but only a maximum of 5 examples of your practice in total.
  • Please bear in mind that the judging panel will be making their selection from the visual material submitted. In some cases follow up studio visits will be made by Whitechapel Gallery staff to select work for the show. Whitechapel Gallery Curators will make studio visits with all selected artists to choose work for the exhibition.

Supplementary Material

Applicants must supply a 250 word statement and upload a one page A4 CV set in minimum type font 10. Please do not send additional catalogues, photographic or other material in support of your application to the gallery as it cannot be reviewed by the selectors. It is also not possible to return any such materials to you.

Receipt of application material

You will receive on-screen confirmation that your application fee has been received, and therefore that your application has been submitted. You will also receive this information by email. Please keep a copy of this for your records.


The final selection of artists for The London Open will consist of a collective choice made by the selectors, based on the submitted material. This will be made in early February 2015.

Due to the expected high number of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted by email by mid-February 2015.


For all enquiries please refer to the FAQs page or email

Terms and Conditions

Submission Criteria
  • Artists must be 26 yrs or over on 24 September 2014.
  • Artists must live and/or work in the London Boroughs, as indicated under ‘Eligibility’. Selected artists will be required to provide proof of address in the form of a recent utility bill. Mobile phones cannot be accepted.
  • Works submitted must have been made during or after the year 2012.
  • Artists must pay £25 application fee. This is non-refundable.
  • Submission Criteria
  • The copyright and all other intellectual property rights in and to works, will remain the property of the artist.
  • The Whitechapel Gallery is committed to protecting your privacy.The information that you supply will be used by the Whitechapel Gallery to keep you up to date with news about future opportunities, exhibitions, events and special offers. The Whitechapel Gallery will not share your details with any other company or institution without your consent. In line with the Data Protection Act, 1998, all data will be held securely by the Whitechapel Gallery.

Submitted works must be available for exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery between 15 July – 6 September 2015 should the artist be selected.

Selected applicants are required to work with the Whitechapel Gallery curatorial team throughout the exhibition planning process and any display requirements will be agreed in advance with the exhibition curators.