The Horton Summer Exhibition

The Horton Arts Centre is delighted to announce an Open Call for our first Summer Exhibition, designed to provide artists in Surrey and south London borders with an opportunity to showcase new work within our stunning Atrium exhibition space.

Since opening two years ago, The Horton has hosted exhibitions of work from groups, collectives and individuals across the region.

Our Summer Exhibition will be held 1st – 21st August 2024 and will showcase a variety of artwork selected by an expert panel, with a main competition prize of free exhibition space and promotion for three artists in 2025 at The Horton.

The theme

The Horton has a fascinating history of pioneering mental health care, as the site of the former Horton Asylum Chapel and Europe’s first music therapy centre. In acknowledgement of this important heritage and line with The Horton’s vision of enabling creativity to support wellbeing, artists are invited to submit an entry on the theme State of Mind.

Who can enter

The Horton Summer Exhibition is open to professional and amateur artists living in Surrey, including the former historic Surrey boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Croydon.

The minimum age is 16 years at the time of the exhibition. Students in current education are eligible to apply.

Why enter?

The selection panel hopes to see an eclectic mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors. If your work is selected for the Summer Exhibition, you will benefit from:

  • A three-week exhibition at a beautiful venue with free parking and cafe-bar on-site.
  • Artist’s name and link on our website.
  • Outreach to press and media.
  • Promotion of the exhibition on The Horton’s social media accounts.
  • Printed exhibition leaflets/ posters and price lists.
  • Promotional photography and video filmed in the exhibition space.
  • Invitation to a Private View launch event.
  • Opportunity to sell work – with a 20% + VAT commission (deposit) on sales taken by The Horton to raise funds for our charity.

Making a Submission:

The cost of entry is being kept low to reduce barriers to participation. Artists will pay £5 per entry and can enter a maximum of three artworks. (£15) If your work is selected for the Summer Exhibition, there will be an additional fee of £25 per artist (£10 for those aged under 23) to participate; this goes towards the costs of running and promoting the exhibition and provides you with all the benefits listed above.

Your artwork

  • Your work must have been completed in the last five years.
  • 2D – must be framed or canvas (no clip frames) with fixings and be a maximum size of 110cm wide x 110cm
  • 3D – will be considered but there are fewer spaces available – at a maximum of 100cm wide.
  • All work for sale should be priced between £100 and £2000. But you do not have to put your work up for sale.

Key dates

  • Submissions must be made ONLINE between 23rd May and 3rd June.
  • The first round of selection will be made from digital images of artworks.
  • Final deadline for entries: Monday 3rd June 2024 at midnight.
  • If you are successful in the first, digital round, we will notify you by email and ask you to deliver your artwork The Horton for the final round of in-person judging. Date to be confirmed.
  • Artists selected to exhibit will be notified in the week beginning 1st July 2024
  • Exhibition Dates: 1st – 21st August 2024

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