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South West Showcase Open Call

Albert Irvin's 'Plimsoll', exhibiting in the Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in 2013.

Plymouth College of Art is seeking applications for exhibition proposals from contemporary visual artists based in the South West Region.


Two artists will be selected for short solo exhibitions in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art between Jan-March 2017. Artists will be awarded £2000 to produce their exhibition, with additional support from the college – including production, marketing/press, equipment, an exhibition launch and key interpretation materials.

The South West, as defined by Arts Council England, includes: Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, Isle of Wight, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, South Gloucestershire, Southampton, Swindon, Torbay and Wiltshire.

The South West Showcase is a recurring open call platform, showcasing artists from across the South West region. The showcase aims to uncover and celebrate the talent of contemporary artists working and living in the South West and to present a long-term commitment from Plymouth College of Art to profiling and supporting the practices of artists in this region.

Selection panel:


Claire Doherty (Director, Situations)
Matt Burrows (Curator, Exeter Phoenix)  
Tim Bolton (Deputy Principal - Academic, Plymouth College of Art)
Zoe Li (Exhibitions Manager, Maternity Cover, Plymouth College of Art)
Sandy Kirkby - Creative producer, B-Side Festival 


The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art:


The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art is a public exhibition space located in the heart of the city centre and at the front of the College. The Gallery runs a high quality annual programme of exhibitions and events, showcasing work by the most exciting contemporary, emerging and established artists working in a range of different discipline areas. The Gallery programme aims to enrich, enhance and support the teaching and learning of the College, whilst also engaging with a wider public audience.

Deadline for application:


Sunday 27th March 2016

*We are only able to accept proposals submitted via our website below. And please note we will be unable to offer individual feedback if you are unsuccessful, so please bare this in mind when deciding to submit your application.

South West Showcase Open Call Submission

Please complete the form below.