Winter Open Exhibition 2019

Winter Open Exhibition 2019

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30th November 2019 to 11th January 2020

Venue: Sock Gallery

Sock Gallery's Winter Open Exhibition is back for 2019! 

Designed to provide an opportunity for artists, whether local or national, professional or amateur, to exhibit their work. The exhibition also offers the people of Charnwood and the surrounding areas a chance to see work by many different artists, all at the same time.

Successful applicants will have their work on display from Saturday 30 November 2019 to Saturday 11 January 2020.

Sock Gallery’s Winter Open Exhibition 2019 is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work, with cash prizes for the winner of both our adult and young person categories and a chance to win an exhibition at Sock Gallery through our People’s Choice Award.

For full information pick up an application form from Sock Gallery or download below:

​​​​​ Sock Gallery Winter Open 2019 Application Form (PDF Document, 8.2 Mb)​​​​​

Entry Information

The Winter Open invites you to submit two-dimensional work ranging from paintings, photographs, drawings, original prints and mixed media work.

If your work is larger than 2m x 2m (including the frame), please contact Sock Gallery before the submission dates for advice. All work must be fitted with mirror plates before entry – further details on this are provided later.

For the Winter Open 2019 we can offer our Craft Cabinets to house three-dimensional work. We have two tall freestanding cabinets with 12 shelves, these are set close to the entrance of the gallery and are locked at all times. The three-dimensional work entered must be no larger than 27cm (h) x 23cm (w) x 34cm (d).

Pieces must be submitted in person at Loughborough Town Hall on one of the specified submission dates. We regret that we are unable to accept work before or after these dates. Anyone bringing in work on behalf of an Artist must have with them the completed application form as well as the required entry fee.

Submission Dates

Sunday 17th November 9am - 7pm

Monday 18th November 9am - 8pm

Cost of Entry

There is a non-refundable administration fee of £7 per piece of work submitted. This must be paid at the time of submission, with a maximum of 3 pieces per person (total £21). Payment can be made by cash or cheque (cheques must be made payable to Charnwood Borough Council)

Categories and Prizes

Young Persons (ages 11 – 17) Winner of this category: £150

Adults (18 and over) Winner of this category: £500

The Adults and Young Persons winner of each category will be announced at 8pm at the Private View on Saturday 30th November.

Peoples Choice Award

Voted by the public during the exhibition. The winner will win an exhibition at Sock Gallery. The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Selection and Results

Submissions are judged by an independent panel to ensure the best range and quality of work is displayed. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications, individual feedback for unsuccessful applications is not available.Work is judged on a specific selection criteria which includes:

Quality of the work (technical skill)

Originality of the work (ideas behind the work)

Presentation of the work (e.g. framing)

Artists will be notified on Thursday 21st November as to whether they have been successful. If your work is not successful, it must be collected between Saturday 23rd November (9am - 5pm) and Sunday 24th November (11am - 4pm). Work that is not collected on these dates may be disposed of (without notification to the Artist).

Private View

Saturday 30th November 2019 8:00pm

A private view will take place by invitation only, successful applicants may bring up to 3 guests. Wine /orange juice and nibbles will be provided from 8:00pm and the winners will be announced at 8:20pm.


This year our Winter Open Exhibition is kindly sponsored by:

Main Sponsor
MLC Academy, Loughborough

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Support Sponsor
LAOS, Loughborough

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Loughborough Town Hall Events October 2019