The submission process for the 2017 exhibition is now open and artists working across a variety of disciplines are invited to submit work. The shortlisted artists will be announced in July and exhibited at the exhibition between 14 September and 4 November 2017 at Exeter Phoenix. The Overall Award winner, announced at an exclusive awards ceremony and opening event on 13th September, will receive a £1000 prize and an Additional Award winner will receive £500. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite work and the Audience Choice Award winner will receive £200.

This year's judging panel is made up of Independent Curator Kristian Day, Founding Director ofVITRINE (London/Basel) Alls Williams and Exeter Phoenix’s Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.

‘Just taking part in this show has been a fantastic experience … 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 and Exeter Contemporary Open finalist Paul Merrick.