WTM’s bi-annual Open exhibition invites amateur and professional artists from Worthing and the wider Sussex community to submit a digital image of their work to the Museum, for the chance for their artwork to be displayed in the Studio Gallery space. We were due to hold Open20 in its usual format this year and had high hopes for another record breaking year of entries! We’ve been closed since March due to Covid-19, reopening the Museum on Saturdays to a small number of visitors. Holding Open20 just isn’t possible in the way we’d have liked to, so it’ll be back in 2021.

Instead, this year we will be holding Digital Open20. There’s no specific theme so the subject matter is completely open to artistic interpretation! Everyone who lives or works in East or West Sussex - amateur and professional artists of all ages - is welcome to submit an entry via the Digital Open entry form. You’ll need to attach a high resolution digital photograph of your artwork (maximum size 10mb) and we can only accept one entry per person.

We’ll look through every piece and our expert curators will meet to select a shortlist of entries. The criteria for shortlisting will be to choose a fair and representative mixture on the basis of quality and variety. All shortlisted entries will feature in an online exhibition on our website, where we’ll invite the public to vote for their top 25 pieces - which will then feature in an exhibition in Worthing Museum’s Studio Gallery between January and March 2021. If you’re successful you’ll need to deliver your original artwork to the Museum as we will exhibit the real pieces rather than submitted images. Both 2D and 3D works are welcome but please check the conditions of entry for information regarding technical restrictions and limitations

WTM wants to ensure Digital Open20 reflects the work of local amateur artists, communities and professional artists, of all ages and backgrounds. Anyone who lives or works in East or West Sussex is welcome to apply with artwork in any medium.

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

The Digital Open20 is free to enter for everyone. WTM relies on the support of our community, now more than ever, to ensure we can keep bringing the best arts and heritage to Worthing and beyond. If you would like to support Worthing Theatres and Museum with a donation, you can do so on our donation page.

Need some inspiration?

If you’re looking for inspiration, why not have a look at our Worthing Creates pack here and submit your creations to the Digital Open20!

Conditions of entry

1. WHO CAN ENTER?
Digital Open20 is open to anyone, of any age, who lives or works in East or West Sussex. Both professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter. Entry is free of charge to all applicants.

2. HOW MANY ARTWORKS?
One
artwork can be entered per person via digital images uploaded and submitted with this form. We accept images of both 2D and 3D work, but 3D work must be free standing or wall mounted. We regret that we are unable to accept work that requires a power supply.

3. DEADLINES
Entry forms must be submitted between Wednesday 14th October and 5pm Sunday 22nd November 2020.

4. FRAMING AND SIZE REQUIREMENTS (FOR ITEMS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION IN THE STUDIO GALLERY ONLY)
You will initially submit digital images of your work via this form. If you are invited to exhibit your artwork in the gallery, the following framing, size and packing requirements will apply:
A) All wall mounted work must be appropriately mounted and preferably framed. Frames must be suitably backed so that a mirror-plate screw fixing can be attached.
B) We cannot accept work mounted in clip frames or aluminium frames. All other fixings must be removed.
C) Any 2D and 3D work exceeding 1 metre square is unlikely to be accepted due to space restrictions. Work must also be movable by no more than two people.
D) All work must be unpacked and labelled when delivered. There are no facilities to store packaging. If your work is successfully chosen for exhibition in the Studio Gallery we will send you a label for your artwork.
E) All work will be insured by Worthing Theatres and Museum if it is accepted for the exhibition. We will contact you for an insurance valuation if your artwork is selected.

5. ALTERATIONS
Details cannot be altered once submitted, so please ensure correct information is given on this entry form.

By submitting your work via this form to the Digital Open20 you agree to your images being used in the online exhibition and in future publicity and promotional material relating to Worthing Theatres and Museum.

Please make sure you have read all the conditions of entry before completing the form. Entry forms must be submitted by 5pm Sunday 22nd November 2020.