Open calls

This page tells you about any open calls we might be currently running and also informs you of our policy regarding open calls. Please do read everything here, it hopefully makes it all clear and reading it now should save you time.


12: The outside wall and floor of Cultivate, Vyner Street, Sean Worrall, (and some My Dog Sighs water drops)

CURRENT OPEN CALLS:  Please do read the policy on open calls further down the page.

(And with good) Reason on-line group show – Deadline is end of day June 8th 2020. Please read all the details, ther address to submit your images is at the foot of the information but do please read it first so you know what we’re looking for and and what we’re not looking for…

(And with good) Reason will be the 9th on-line show from Cultivate and we think the 156th Cultivate show since that Netll Market takeover back in the summer of 2011 (something like 156 anyway, we might have missed on or two).

(And with good) Reason will open on-line at 8pm on Thursday June 18th via the Organ magazine website at  We will once again be personally inviting the majority of the artists, but as always the flow of artistic new blood is very important, there is an open call aspect, we would like to have around a dozen artists we don’t actually know yet. Check out one of the the recent previous on-line shows here on the Organ website to get a flavour of what we do and what we’re looking for

Once again, as with the previous two on-line show this year, we are actually looking for exciting painters, installation artists, 3d artists, actually (And with good) Reason is open to artists of all disciplines besides photography or digital/sound art (nothing against either discipline and there are plenty of on-line outlets for both, this on-line show is not about digital art), the only this we really don’t want is a flat lifeless image of a painting, have a look at the last show, go grab a flavour and a feel, make your image feel like a piece of art hanging on a gallery wall.  We had a lot of what you might call polite illustration last time, please do check out the last two shows #43Artists and (Far from the) Turmoil, polite illustation is not really what we’re about.

If you wish to be considered in terms of being part of (Far From The) Turmoil then simply submit up to five images  with titles and a link to your artist website. The minimum requirement for this on-line show is that you have a working well maintained up-to-date website we can link to so people can find out more about you – a working website mind you, not just a Facebook page or an instagram account that full of photos from your last birthday party or what you had for dinner today or heaven forbid one of those dreadful Saatchi pages, (an Instagram page that is only focused on your art is fine)

The call is open to anyone from anywhere on the planet , there are no fees or costs involved, we’re not paying anything in terms of gallery rents and such for this one so why would we even dream of charging just to open an e.mail, people like Rosalins at ZAP Arts (and quite a few others) might think the practice is okay and exploiting artists like that is fine but  we detest the practice.  Sure, there’s a fair bit of  our time involved but hey, we detest galleries who charge for just opening an e.mail and then claiming it to be admin costs, why should anyone ever pay to submit to a show they’re might not even get to take part in?  All we ask from you, is that if you are selected that you put up links and share details on your own websites and social media feeds (frankly if you don’t share the link and carry the news on your art pages then you won’t be asked back, I think that’s fair)

If you wish to submit to (And with good) Reason then please do, once you do we promise to get back within two or three working days with a yes or no, if it is a yes we’ll come back and ask for all the details we need, if we don’t hear from us then please do check your spam bins and such, (we check ours a everyday). Deadline is end of day June 8th 2020. Don’t be leaving it until the last minute though, you have more chance if you don’t leave it to the very last minute and the rush from everyone else…

The show is being curated by the Cultivate team of Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey, we are first and foremost working artists, we like to be treated the way you as artists expect to be treated.

Submissions should be made via e.mail to info at cultivategallery dot com and clearly marked “REASON OPEN CALL”  in the subject line please. Thank you

The Facebook event page is here


CULTIVATE: NOTHING IS SQUARE Pt.2  GROUP SHOW OPEN CALL… Deadline for submission is 7th February 2020 which means this open call has closed.

There will be a NOTHING IS SQUARE Pt.3  GROUP SHOW OPEN CALL soon, ready for when the Lockdown lifts and we can start  holding physical gallery shows again so do please while you are locked down dostart thinking about those 20cm x 20cm vanvas pieces and get ready to go, when we are able to go again I expect it will be a short notice, the b of bang as it were

Pleased to have a number of artists who haven’t worked with us before involved in the Nothing is Square Pt.2 show. New blood is an important part of what we do. The Facebook event page for the show is here, it opens on February 27th 

NOTHING IS SQUARE Pt,2 will once again, like the first part, be a group show from Cultivate. Nothing is Square 2 will happen in March as part of the final Cultivate Columbia Road Takeover at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London.


Nothing is Square Pt.1

If you wish to submit to any of the open calls then please do, once you do we promise to get back within two or three days, if we don’t here from us then please do check your spam bins and such, (we check ours a everyday)

thanks  Sean/Emma, Cultivate

Submissions via e,mail to info at cultivategallery dot com and clearly marked OPEN CALL  in the subject line please -]


Nothing is Square pt.1



The policy on open calls:  We like open call shows, the kind that don’t require you to have to pay a fee just to submit an e.mail of course, open calls are something we are very keen on at Cultivate. Of course it was easy to run open call shows regularly when we had a permanent home, our current nomadic lifestyle doesn’t really lend itself to the notion of open calls so well. Do watch this space though, we will have open call gallery shows happening (there have been several physical shows with open call elements already this year), there will be opens calls from time to time and we do appreciate how important both group shows and open calls are, we like open calls and group shows.

And remember, any open call that asks you to pay JUST to submit and e.mail is really something of a cynical con designed to exploit young artists who don’t know the score, these shows are almost certainly going to be a waste of your time and money, they’re enrally badly run by cynical people more interested in your money than your art, don’t be suckered in to paying just to submit an e.mail, follow that link you just passed for lots more thought on the subject

For the sake of clarity: We STRONGLY object to open calls that demand a fee just to submit an e.mail image to a selection process. As artists we strongly vocally object to being charged just to take part in an often dubious on-line selection process and here at Cultivate we will NEVER demand a submission fee from an artist just to send in an e.mail in the hope of maybe being selected.  The practice is cynical, it exploits artists and it is simply wrong.  When we do put on group shows we will sometimes ask artists who are ACTUALLY TAKING PART to contribute a reasonable share to the costs, to help contribute to the rent/space hire expenses and such, only those who are invited to ACTUALLY TAKE PART though, and NEVER the many who don’t make it past the submission process.  We will not work with galleries or artists who are involved in running these cynical pay just to submit open calls and we believe all artists should voice a loud vocal no to anyone who does wish to charge a cynical submission fee just to be part of a selection process. If as an artist you knowingly work with these galleries then we don’t want to work with you.

RESPONSE POLICY:   Policy when we do have an open call is to set a deadline and stick to it. We encourage people to not wait until the last minute and we do like to respond as soon as we can so artists know their submission has reached us. We will say yes or no as soon as we can rather than make people wait. Generally if we haven’t replies with a a yes or no within a week of you submitting work then we haven’t received it.  Some of our open calls can result in hundreds and hundreds of responses, we don’t like to let it all build up and then have an impossible task once the deadline has passed. if you do it early you stand more chance and we get more time to consider what the work submitted as well as explore your websites and such (we always do that, indeed we’ve often found something more suitable on a website or thought about people for alternative shows)


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