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.

The current open calls are to be found further down the page underneath the information about policy and such….


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

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)

We’ll be along with the next full-on physical gallery open call in a moment or two, We’re busy with other things right now, we’re working on a few things behind the scenes for later this year and we have run quite a few open call shows in 2017 already.


We shall be along with two open calls any moment now, two shows coming up in January 2019, Here’s the open call for the first one, a show in a gallery in Dalston, London N16

OPEN CALL – ATTRACT  – The deadline for this open call is midnight (UK time) Thursday December 20th 2018

ATTRACT will happen physically via the gallery walls and floors at BSMT Space gallery (over on the borders of Hackney in Dalston, London N16), the show will open on Thursday January 17th at 6pm and run daily 11am until 6pm) until Sunday 20th

The show will feature the art of around 20 carefully selected artists, mostly art from invited artists who have worked with us before, there will be a small open call element, new blood is always important, there will be five spaces

The open call: We invite artists to submit good quality images of work they would like to show. Once again we are looking for exciting cutting edge art, we’re not going to set a theme, the show in called Attract make of that what you will. We don’t really want what you would consider “traditional” art. Polite landscapes or watercolour studies of flowers have their place.but that place isn’t in this show. We’re looking to involve five exciting artists via this open call, hopefully five artists who haven’t worked with us in a physical show before (or at least haven’t worked with us in the last couple of years)

Artists are invited to submit up to four images of the work you would like to show. We’re mostly looking for painters and paintings (nothing too much bigger than a metre square, but hey, print makers, smaller 3d pieces, rule breakers, the call is open. We also require a link to your website so we can find out more about you and your work. This call is ONLY open to artists who are working in the London area, we need you to be able to deliver your art to the hang on Wednesday afternoon on January 16th and to be around to collect art at 6pm and help with the clear up on Sunday January 20th. The show is short sharp one, it really is only for London-based artists who can get to the gallery without too much fuss or expense.

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

The deadline for this open call is midnight (UK time) Thursday December 20th 2018  . We will respond to everyone as soon as possible, the deadline is merely the last day that art can be submitted, the selection process will start right now and will be on-going throughout the rest of the year and up until December 20th,  we will be responding before that final closing date if we have made a decision on your submission. If the show fills up before the deadline then the open call will close early  We are expecting a lot of submissions so please do be patient and please do be reasonable.

COSTS: Policy here is to NEVER charge artists a fee just to submit an e.mail and an image to an open call, we strongly object to that practice (in fact we actively campaign against the cynical idea here at Cultivate). There will be no charge to submit work (you should never have to pay a “fee” just to submit an e.mail to an open call, galleries and curators who do do that are exploiting artists),  Artists who are invited to take part in the show will be asked to contribute to the costs of the show and the gallery hire fee.  We’re artists in this together, we’re hiring a space to put on a show, we’re all sharing the costs of a show we’re actually taking part in between us so each of us will be contributing £30 per artist to the costs.  Cultivate is about us artists doing it ourselves, about doing things a slightly different way, Cultivate is about the trying to treat artists in the way we want to be treated as artists ourselves. This is a show is a proper formal established white-walled gallery space, not some coffee shop or pub hiring out a spare walls or some such thing to make a quick bit of money out of you, this is a not-fot-profit show run by artists for artists.  That’s how we work. now over to you, the call is open,  excite and attract us with your submissions and your art

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


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