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Cromer Artspace Open Call

Exhibition dates: 30th September to 18th October 2023
Entry by: 1st September 2023

The curator for this year’s Cromer Artspace Open Call Exhibition is Sue Bell.

Her brief is:

“This year artists are asked to explore their use of colour, and its role in their work.

Henri Matisse said, ‘Colour helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain’.

Wassily Kandinsky said, ‘Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul’.

There have been many such thoughts expressed by great artists over the centuries. Their statements, and the work they made, help us as practising artists to think more clearly about our use of this wonderful means of visually communicating.

As well as the work itself, your entry should include a statement of not more than fifty words which sets out your present approach to using colour in your practice.

David Hockney said, ‘I prefer living in colour.’ So do I.”

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Work will be selected anonymously by a panel of practising artists: Sue Bell, Ruth Brumby, Richard Berry, Keron Beattie, Craig Barber, Sheila Robinson

Selection Criteria

  • The appropriateness of the work to the Open Call brief.
  • The understanding of the role of colour shown in the artist’s work.
  • Curatorial judgment about the coherence of the exhibition as a whole.


  • Artists may submit one work
  • The submission fee is £10.
  • Submissions must be made by 1st September.
  • Images should be submitted on the form below
  • Images should be 300dpi jpegs and of sufficient size to be viewed by the panel on a large screen (max 5Mb)
  • For 3D works please send three images from different viewpoints.
  • 2D works should not be bigger than 1m square and should be ready to hang with D rings and wire/cord attached. 3D works should be able to fit on a plinth 36cm square. Please contact us if your work needs to be hung differently.
  • Artspace on the Prom is open most days from 11am to 4pm. You may wish to visit before submitting in order to consider the light and ambient conditions.

Practical arrangements

Cromer Artspace will provide invigilation, but artists will need to make their own arrangements regarding insurance of their work.

Cromer Artspace will take no commission, but will handle any sale transactions.

Artists will need to deliver to Artspace on the Prom on Tuesday, 26th September between 11am and 4pm.

Any unsold work must be collected on Thursday, 19th October between 10.30 and 2.30.

We provide a snack lunch on that day as a chance for participating artists to get together and chat.

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Cromer Artspace Open Call 2023

Please complete this form to submit your entry.

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