Open 2017


Wessex artists are invited to submit work in any media for the seventh Dorchester Arts Open Exhibition. For the first time this year submissions of sculpture and other 3-dimensional work are also welcomed.

Work chosen by the selection panel will be shown from Tuesday 11th – Friday 28th July 2017 at Duke’s Gallery, Brewery Square, Dorchester.


  • Free entry for a solo exhibition in Dorset Art Weeks 2018 and promotional support for this show
  • An ‘Exhibit A’ feature in Evolver Magazine
  • £250 cash

2-D work (including frame) should be no larger than 80cm in width. If 3D work is very large please enquire before submission, as gallery space is limited.

Entry opens Monday March 6th; deadline for submissions Friday May 26th 2017

Entry forms can be downloaded via the links below:

MS Word version: Open 2017 entry form

PDF version: Open 2017 entry form

Entry forms can also be obtained:

Via email:

By phone: 01305 266926

By post: Send SAE (marked ‘Open 2017’) to: Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF


Simon Barber (Editor, Evolver magazine)

Suzy Rushbrook (Programme Curator/Membership manager, Dorset Visual Arts)

Mark Tattersall (DA Artistic Director/Chair at The Art Academy, London)

Deborah Westmancoat (winner of Exhibition Prize, DA Open 2015)

Sarah Wild (Partner, Duke’s Auctioneers)

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