Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition

The Open Exhibition is our annual celebration of Hull's incredible artistic talent. Established in 1967, the exhibition is open to everyone – from new and emerging artists to established pros.

It’s an opportunity for local artists to display and sell their work. As well as for visitors to get an insight into the thriving art community in the city.

How does it work?

The exhibition begins with an open call early in the year, inviting artists from all practices and backgrounds to send us their best work. Our selectors then have the difficult challenge of choosing which pieces to include for exhibition.

The exhibition itself takes place later in the year, usually during the summer. During the exhibition, visitors can enjoy hundreds of amazing local artworks, from paintings and photography, to sculpture and ceramics, to video and performance. Many of the works are also for sale – giving you an opportunity to own a unique piece of art for your home, created right here in Hull.

Submit an Artwork

Click the Ferens 2024 Open Exhibition link below to submit an artwork.

There is a cost of £5 per submission

Please read the terms and conditions of the 2024 Open Exhibition in full before submitting your artwork. Once you submit your online form successfully you will receive a confirmation email.

2024 Open Exhibition Terms and Conditions (PDF)

2024 Open Exhibition Easy Read Document (PDF)

Key Dates

Online submissions open 9am Tuesday 20 February 2024
Online submissions close Midnight Tuesday 12 March 2024
Notification by email Wednesday 24 April 2024
Notification by email Thursday 6 June - Wednesday 12 June 2024
Preview Thursday 27 June 2024
Exhibition display Friday 28 June - Sunday 22 September 2024
Collection of artwork Saturday 28 September - Sunday 6 October 2024


Need help with photographing your artwork or submitting your online application? Then you can book onto one of our free 30-minute workshops. Details are below.

Click the logo below to enter an Artwork in the 2024 Ferens Open Exhibition

Free 2024 Open Workshops: Online Submission and Photography

Ferens Art Gallery, Studio

These simple sessions are designed for artists not familiar with using a computer, the internet or email. Staff will guide artist through the process of submitting an artwork online for the 2024 Open. The sessions will also support artists with photographing their artwork.


Sunday 25 February 2024       30 minute slots between 11.30am and 3pm

Sunday 3 March 2024             30 minute slots between 11.30am and 3pm

Thursday 7 March 2024          30 minute slots between 10.30am and 3.30pm

Saturday 9 March 2024           30 Minute slots between 10.30am and 3.30pm

Sunday 10 March 2024           30 Minute slots between 11.30am and 3pm


Each session will last up to 30 minutes, and they can cover all or some of the following areas:

  • Getting online.
  • Setting up an email account (if you do not currently have an email account, please set one up in advance of the workshop if you’re able to do so).
  • Fill in and submit the Open Exhibition online application (if you have already taken images of your artwork then please bring these with you on a disc, USB stick or your camera or phone with connecting cables).
  • Taking good quality digital photographs of your artwork (please bring any small and easily transportable artworks with you and these can be photographed during your timeslot. Ideally these should be unglazed for the purposes of taking good quality photographs).
  • Uploading digital images from your camera or phone and saving them onto your computer.
  • Uploading images from your computer onto the Open Exhibition online application form.


To reserve a place on one of these workshops please call 01482 614 290 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email ferensopen@hcandl.co.uk. Places are strictly limited.


Every year, artworks are selected by a panel of artists and experts from our local community. This year’s selections will be announced in early 2024.

2024 Open Exhibitions Prizes

Friends of the Ferens Award

The following cash prizes will be given to winning entries, selected by the Friends of the Ferens board:

First Prize: £350

Second Prize: £250

Third Prize: £200

Prize money kindly donated by the Friends of the Ferens


Hallett & Future Ferens Young Artist Award

All young artists age 16 to 25 are eligible for this prize.

£200 will go to an artist selected by BSB Architecture and the Future Ferens young people’s collective.

Prize money kindly donated by BSB Architecture


Chair’s Award – Hull Culture & Leisure

£100 will go to an artist selected by the Hull Culture and Leisure Chair Mike Ross


People’s Vote Award

£100 will be awarded to an artist with the most votes from visitors to the 2024 Open exhibition.

Keep up with all the latest from the Ferens Open 2024 on social media

Twitter @HullFerens
Instagram @ferensartgallery
Facebook www.facebook.com/ferensartgallery
Hashtag #FerensOpen

Contact Us

01482 614290 (Mon to Fri, 9am – 5pm) / ferensopen@hcandl.co.uk

The Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition is made possible with thanks to kind sponsorship from Friends of the Ferens Art Gallery and BSB Architecture.

Upcoming events

Join us to celebrate the creativity of our local artists in Hull’s annual Open Exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery. 28 June to Sunday 22 September 2024.


Discover work by budding young artists at Ferens Art Gallery this summer. Visit the Young Artist Open Exhibition from 28 June to Sunday 22 September 2024.