ALTERED: Open call for submissions

Artists Open Houses: Exhibition Opportunity for emerging artists in Brighton & Hove

Celebrating emerging talent in the Brighton & Hove area, ALTERED, invites artists to share ways in which they have experimented, modified or adapted their practices in light of recent restrictions; maybe resulting in new ways of thinking and making work.

With limited access to the studio, darkroom or workshop, artists have been navigating new approaches and as a consequence, discovering innovative ways of working. This exhibition seeks to showcase new or recent works by artists setting out on their creative practices, reflecting ways in which they have continued to create and push boundaries despite the challenges of living through lockdown.

This is an opportunity for up to 10 visual artists to take part in an emerging artists’ exhibition in a Brighton city-centre shop, as part of the Artists Open Houses festival, taking place May 29th -27 June. In recognition of the difficulties that the pandemic has brought to exhibition making, especially for those in the early stages of their careers, we are excited to host this open call and select a number of artists for a Summer exhibition. The AOH Festival and emerging artist exhibition will play an important part in the post-lockdown return of culture to our city.


Expressions of interest are welcome from artists who:

  • work in any discipline of visual arts
  • have graduated within the last three years/or have not carried out a higher education visual art course and are within the first three years of developing their practice
  • are based in or around Brighton & Hove
  • have existing work ready to install in the exhibition

The exhibition theme is: ALTERED.

Artists are invited to submit work for consideration that has been created over the last year, responding to the exhibition theme. The selectors are particularly interested to see work that reflects how your practice has changed or developed in response to the experiences of lockdown.


How to Apply:

Please complete the Google form by following this link.

You will be asked to tell us briefly about the work you are submitting. You can upload up to 10 images (depicting work in any media) in JPEG format (72 dpi, each image no larger than 3MB) or for film or video works, you can insert a link.

Please bear in mind that the selectors may choose an individual work from a series.



Submission deadline: 5pm, Monday 17 May

Notification of selection: Friday 21 May

Artworks must be ready for install by: Tuesday 1st June

Exhibition Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, 5 – 27 June


Important Information
If you are selected you will be asked to commit to:

– participating in an Artist and Curator discussion during the exhibition period

– the exhibition will be open Saturdays and Sundays between 11am – 5pm

– undertake at least three 3-hour invigilation sessions over the four-week exhibition period. This will also provide opportunities to meet audiences and discuss your work with them

– artists are responsible for transporting their artworks to and from the exhibition for install and de-install. Install will happen within one day and a schedule will be managed in accordance with Covid number management.

– artists will need to meet any production costs to make their work exhibition-ready.
If submitting digital work artists must provide their own equipment.

– AOH will provide some technical assistance during the install day

– artists are responsible for the insurance of their own artwork. The shop unit will be locked outside of exhibition days and has the benefit of security from the shopping centre (Churchill Square).

– there will be no other exhibition costs for the selected artists

– AOH will not take commission on any artwork sales

– providing images of the work for promotional use on the AOH website as well as for social media marketing. Note, that the exhibition will be promoted via all AOH marketing and PR channels. In addition we will be partnering with Brighton Fringe and included in their marketing also.

Supported by Churchill Square. In partnership with Brighton Fringe.