Exhibitions & Events: What is it to be Human? Open For Submissions

Exhibitions & Events: What is it to be Human? Open For Submissions

We are thrilled to be announcing we are partnering with our friends over at Sputnik magazine to run a mixed medium 'Open Submission Exhibition' which will tour up and down the UK later in 2015 including cities like Coventry, Birmingham and London. The exhibition will explore the question 'What is it to be Human?' 

How does an 'open submission' exhibition work?

Open submission exhibitions give everyone a chance to be a part of an exhibit. Students, creative professionals, freelancers, photographers, designers, typographers, illustrators, dancers, poets, spoken word artists etc are all given an equal opportunity to be part of a mixed-medium creative arts exhibition by submitting work exploring a selected theme. The theme of this exhibition aims to explore the question ‘What is it to be Human?’. Those entering are encouraged to explore any angle or interpretation of the theme, under three different categories: visual art, music and creative writing.

Selected entries will be exhibited first at the Catalyst Festival and then transported to the a number of public galleries to be shown throughout the year. 

How to Submit Your Entry:

1. The exhibit is now open for submissions until midnight 1st May 2015.

2. Email submissions should be sent to [email protected]. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission is received. 

3. Print submissions should be sent to: Jonny Mellor, Church Central, Edgbaston House, 3 Duchess Place, Birmingham, B16 8NH.

4. Please include a short description of your entry of no more than 150 words.

5. Entry is Free

Category and Submission Information:

One Visual art

  • Format examples: print, illustration, photography, graphic design, video and sculpture.
  • We accept work of any size or style, but if your work is likely to have specific exhibiting requirements, please make this clear when you submit it.
  • Please submit your work as a high quality jpeg (mov or mp4 for video).
  • To see examples of previous exhibitions, click here


  • We will accept any style of music, either instrumental or lyrical, and also spoken word pieces.
  • Please submit your work as a wav/aiff file.
  • To see examples of previous audio exhibitions, click here.

Creative writing

  • We will consider short stories (maximum 5000 words) or poems (maximum 42 lines)
  • Regarding the short story entries, our focus will be on fictional works, but we will consider non-fiction if it fits the brief.
  • Please submit your work as a Microsoft word file or pdf.
  • To see examples of last years anthology click here.

All work must be sent to [email protected] by Friday 1st May. Please send any questions about the project to the same email address.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Image credit: jaime.silva - Via Flickr Creative Commons