Exhibition: Open21

Exhibition: Open21


Sat 02 Oct 2021 - Sun 13 Feb 2022


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We’re delighted to announce the return of the biennial WTM OPEN in its original ‘physical’ format. The WTM Open21 offers all those within our community an exciting opportunity to exhibit within a distinguished gallery space.

Curator Emma Walder says, ‘We were unsure what the response would be this year with all that has happened, as well as the change from using printed entry forms to online. So I was pleased to see that we had well over 500 entries this year, and the work delivered has been as varied and diverse as it always has. The communities’ creative spirit is still as strong as ever!’

‘The selection day was as tough as always with many difficult decisions to be made by the judges who were artist Anthony Bennett, Carola del Mese (who was recently working with us as a historical metal conservator), and Joe Cox, (Creative Hub Assistant at Colonnade House – Worthing’s creative hub). Finally, 158 pieces of work were selected which is the most selected than any previous open exhibition, and out of those 9 pieces were shortlisted by the judges and we felt that a further 2 pieces should also be selected as Curator’s choice. So I would encourage everyone to come and see this exhibition and be inspired to join us next time and enter the Open23. Regardless of whether your work is selected, the spirit and creativity is what really keeps this event and exhibition thriving.

Read an exclusive Q&A with Open21 Artists and their processes HERE

Submitting work to this exhibition is open to anyone who lives or works in East or West Sussex, and amateur or professional artists of all ages are welcome to submit up to three pieces. This is such a special project for us as it celebrates the work of local creatives, and is a wonderful way of highlighting community in Worthing. There is also an opportunity to purchase selected pieces within the exhibition. Come and see brilliant submissions from your family, friends and neighbours!

Find out more about the Open21 launch and judges’ shortlist here

Museum & Gallery Opening Times
Thursdays: 10am – 8pm
Fridays: 10am – 5pm
Saturdays: 10am – 5pm
Sundays: 11am – 3pm

Please note that the museum will be closed between 24th December and 6th January.