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Call for entries: Submit your artwork to "The Uttlesford Open 2023"

The Uttlesford Open 2023, Saffron Walden Museum's first open call art exhibition, will open to the public on Saturday 22 July. The exhibition aims to showcase artistic talent from across Uttlesford.

Open to anyone - from complete beginners to seasoned professionals - the exhibition will give local artists the chance to have their work exhibited in the historic museum building, which is reputed to be the oldest purpose-built local museum in the country.

Artists aged over 18 who are living, working, or studying in Uttlesford or within 20 miles of Saffron Walden Museum are invited to submit artworks on the theme of "A Sense of Place: People, Places and Landscape of Uttlesford". Entries will open on 3 April and close on 20 May. Artists just need to submit good digital images of their artworks.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will select the paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, prints and photographs that will go on display in July at the museum. The artworks will be judged on both their artistic merit and their response to the theme. Unsuccessful submissions will still be displayed digitally.

Charlotte Pratt, Learning and Outreach Officer at Saffron Walden Museum, said: "We are incredibly excited to hold our first open call exhibition. We hope that it will give both emerging and established artists an opportunity to showcase their work in the historic surroundings of the museum whilst celebrating the artistic diversity in the area."

Entry fees for The Uttlesford Open 2023 are £10 for a single piece of work and £15 for two. Concessionary rates are available.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 22 July and runs until Sunday 29 October. Artworks will be on sale, if artists wish to sell, and purchases can be collected after the exhibition closes at the end of October.

Further information, the online application form and full terms and conditions are available at

10 March 2023