Atkins Gallery Open Exhibition returns digitally

Published Thursday, 04 June 2020

Atkins Gallery’s popular annual Open Exhibition is set to return this summer, in an accessible online format.

In response to the current pandemic, Atkins Gallery will be creating a digital gallery to continue supporting local artists.

Atkins Gallery Online will show temporary exhibitions to replicate the planned 2020 programme as much as possible. It will also feature some special exhibitions that will be curated specifically for the digital medium. 

Online visitors will also be able to view some exhibitions that have previously taken place in Atkins Gallery, so anyone who missed a show can now access it online for free.

Now the Atkins Gallery is calling all local artists to get their creative juices flowing around the 2020 theme of 'Life in Lockdown'. Artists are asked to consider how this time has affected them and what they have been up to during this recent change of pace.

A range of interpretations of the theme are welcome so artists are urged to please get their paintbrushes out - or whatever their preferred medium is – and get their thinking caps on! 

Atkins Building Principal Officer, Rebecca Wilbur said:

We would love to see what our local creative community has been up to during lockdown. How has it made you feel, what projects have you been able to complete or have you been able to explore something new?

Atkins Open Exhibition 2020 is free to enter and exhibitors can submit up to three digital images of their work. Artists are encouraged to please submit good quality photos of their artwork, there are resources available online which can provide tips on how to capture the artwork for digital presentation. Exhibitors are encouraged to include a statement about each piece to give viewers an insight into their work and lockdown experiences. The statements can also include social media handles, details about the medium used and size of the pieces. Artwork and statements should all be emailed to 

Submission of digital works is open from now to Friday 26 June 2020. Atkins Gallery Annual Open Online exhibition opens on 1 July and runs to 14 August 2020.