Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition

2021 Open

What is the 2021 Open?

The Ferens Open is a yearly exhibition of work by amateur and professional artists. Anyone aged over 16 can enter for the chance to be selected to showcase their art in Hull’s major gallery.

Many of the artworks on display are also for sale, allowing visitors to purchase original artworks at a range of prices.

If you decide to sell your work, the gallery will take a 25% commission +VAT.

Are you an artist?

Are you a painter, drawer, photographer, sculptor, ceramicist, performance, textile or digital artist?

The Ferens Open 2021 needs you! We aim to showcase a diverse range of art, support local and emerging talent and encourage those who have never entered before to get involved.

How do I enter?

You will need:

  • Access to the internet
  • An email address
  • A high quality image of your artwork – or, for video/performance works, a short video of your work

Entry costs £5 per artwork and each artist can submit up to 3 artworks.

What's in it for me?

  • The chance to exhibit in a professional gallery and in a digital exhibition.
  • The chance to meet and network with other artists.
  • The chance to sell your work. 
  • The chance to win cash prizes.

What happens next?

A panel of three judges will choose 200-300 artworks for display and award prizes.

Chosen works will be included in an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery this summer, and featured in a digital exhibition.



Entries for the 2021 Ferens Open exhibition have now closed.







2021 Open Exhibition - Key Dates

Online submissions open 9am, Monday 15 February 2021
Online submissions close Midnight, Sunday 7 March 2021
Notification by email Wednesday 14 April 2021
Delivery of chosen work Saturday 19 June to Sunday 4 July 2021
Exhibition display Saturday 24 July to Sunday 3 October 2021
Collection of artwork Saturday 16 October to Sunday 31 October 2021


Need help submitting?

If you would like any further guidance about submitting, photographing or uploading your work you may find our quick “How to” Guides helpful.

You can download these free guides by clicking the relevant links below.

Ferens Open Entry Guide

Ferens Open Easy Read Entry Guide

How to Photograph your Artwork Guide

Uploading your Image using a Smartphone or Tablet

Uploading your Image using a Camera

You can also watch our short How to Submit Video Guide which will talk you through our online entry form.



The 2021 Open exhibition is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens and BSB Architecture. A range of cash prizes are available.

Find out more about the prizes available


Contact us

If you would like any further details about the Open Exhibition contact us by- 

email at museums@hcandl.co.uk

telephone on 01482 614 293

Please do not send any submission material or images to this email address. All applications must be made via the online form.

Please check our social media pages for updates about the Open;

Twitter - @HullFerens

Instagram - @ferensartgallery

Facebook - Facebook.com/HullMuseums

Use the hashtag #FerensOpen


2020 Open

Looking for inspiration? You can also still explore the 2020 Open digital exhibition online via: http://humbermuseums.com/exhibitions/ferens-2020-open-exhibition/