An annual, open submission exhibition that presents work from some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK and beyond.

The exhibition will run from 20 September – 10 November 2019 and is open to contemporary visual artists working in any media including; painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, video, mixed and digital media. Artists should make submissions that reflect their current practice and the selection panel will particularly be looking for work that addresses current themes and concerns in contemporary practice.

This year’s panel will include critic and curator Sacha Craddock and artist and 2006 Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner as well as Phoenix Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.


Iain Andrews | Amanda Benson | Sara Berman | Jack Bodimeade | Harriet Bowman | Patrick Brandon | Michael Calver | Grant Foster | Alia Hamaoui | Jeb Haward | Harley Kuyck-Cohen | Dinu Li | John Lawrence | Mahali O’Hare | Molly Thomson


  • £1000 Overall Award

  • £500 Additional Award

  • £200 Audience Choice Award

‘It's a rare thing for an exhibition and opening to have been put together this well. For me, the best part of these things is when I arrive at a preview and am able to really connect with the other exhibitors, and the people behind making the show happen. It's all about having conversations and making connections which go on to influence my work and might lead to future collaborations. Exeter Contemporary Open has delivered on the whole experience.'
Artist Paul Merrick, joint winner of Exeter Contemporary Open 2015