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Dream Week

Welcome to Open Art Spaces’ Dream Week!

 

Our first week-long exhibition celebrating accessible arts. We’ve got a full agenda hosting an open-call exhibition, running creative workshops and meet-ups designed for artists and our creative community.

This is the first time we’ve hosted an exhibition like this, and we’re aiming to make it as clear and accessible as possible. We’re here to answer any questions, and hopefully we’ve read your mind and answered some below. Otherwise, please email us at info@openartspaces.co.uk

What is Dream Week?

We are thrilled to announce Dream Week, our Open Art Festival at The Tabernacle, spanning an entire week!


 

In addition to a pop-up exhibition, the festival will feature accessible art classes suitable for all levels, networking events and some fun surprises.


 

Get it in the diary! From March 18th to 24th

 

  • Application close date: February 5th 2024

  • Applicants will hear back by February 19th 2024

  • £25 exhibiting fee due by February 23rd 2024


 

The Tabernacle is a vibrant community hub in Powis Square, just off Portobello road. It hosts a beautiful theater, a Caribbean restaurant & bar, a bright and airy exhibition space with a leafy courtyard. It’s the iconic home of Notting Hill Carnival, so don't be surprised to hear some steel drums in the background. 

 

We continue to uphold our ethos of affordability and accessibility for both artists and buyers at our event. For Dream Week, we want you to let your imagination free! We’ll be priorisiting artworks with a focus on dreams and inspiration.

Exhibiting with us will cost £25 (up to size A3). Due to venue constraints, we are unable to take any bigger pieces this time around. Each artist has the opportunity to submit up to three pieces.

Original or prints of your artwork can be priced at either £45, £80 or £100 (artist's choice) with no commission fees, and we will host an exciting opening night!

Successful applicants will also receive a complimentary ticket (usually £10) to our Creative Networking event, featuring talks by industry professionals, prizes, connections with creative communities, and valuable tips for the future.

We welcome submissions in various forms, including originals, prints, photography, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and collage. All two-dimensional artwork must be framed or prepared for hanging.

 

Submissions open now and will close midnight on February 5th.

We will inform you if you have been successful by February 19th, with payment for admission expected by February 23rd.

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Dream Week FAQ's

Q: How should I set up or hang my artwork for the exhibition?

A: No need to worry! We'll handle the curation and hanging of your work. Just ensure that when you drop off your artwork, it's ready to hang with the necessary attachments on the back. Plinths will be provided for sculpture work.

Q: Do you accept sculpture submissions?

A: Absolutely! Please provide the dimensions of your sculpture when applying. Note that we won't accept sculptures exceeding W50xH50cm due to space restrictions.

Q: When will the exhibition be open, and is it free for everyone?

A: The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday during Dream Week, including an opening night. The exhibition space will be staffed, so you don't have to be there continuously. The event is free for everyone, and we'll extensively promote it through social media, our newsletter, and at coinciding art workshops.

Q: Will you sell my artwork?

A: Yes, we will. Each artwork will be labelled with the artist's name, price, and social handle. We'll provide a printed price list. Payments will be transferred to you within a week after the event, commission-free. If you prefer potential buyers to contact you directly, we're happy to connect you. Artwork will be sold framed as seen by the buyer.

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