2022 Open: Call out to artists

What does Culture mean to you?

All residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset are invited to submit their artwork for the City Art Gallery’s biennial ‘open exhibition’.

As Southampton is bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2025, we want to explore and celebrate what culture means to everyone across the region in all its vibrant and diverse forms. We are inviting artists to respond to the question ‘What does culture mean to you?’

Everyone’s culture is unique to them, and it can mean many different things to different people. It might be playing or watching sport, singing, music or dance. It might involve books, paintings, theatre or television. It might be different histories, religion or spirituality, or the food we love, how we style our hair, or our sense of fashion and what we wear.  It can be about the special or our everyday lives. It’s part of what makes us human. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy culture – it belongs to everybody and it is constantly evolving and changing.

Entrants are encouraged to consider the theme of culture as creatively and widely as possible and can submit work in both 2-D and 3-D form in any medium including painting, photography, drawing, original prints, mixed media, textile, sculpture and video.

The successful artists will have their work exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery from 02 July – 10 September 2022.

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