Open Open 2017

29 July – 8 September, 2017

“I entered the Open Open to meet wonderful and amazing artists from all walks of life, be they hobbyists, professionals or just those who want to express and demonstrate emotions and ideas as well as imagination.” - Participant, 2016

The 2017 Open Open calls all artists, professional and amateur, from anywhere and any age, to bring along a piece of their artwork for exhibition. Recurring each year at Swiss Cottage Gallery, the Open Open provides a great opportunity for artists, professional and other, to show their work in a “salon style” exhibition.

Want to participate in this year's Open Open?

Open Open is an open access exhibition where anybody can hang work as long as it meets a set of basic criteria:

1. A maximum of one piece per artist.
2. All works must be wall based and no more than 1m x 1m.
3. All pieces must be brought to the gallery "ready to hang".

Click here to sign up for the Open Open 2017 by sending us an email outlining your interest. 

You can come and drop off your artwork on the following days: Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 July from 12 - 4pm.

Artworks are to be collected on 9 September between 10.30am - 2pm.

For more information please visit our Open Open homepage.

Get the stories behind the artworks
Quiet Down There will be working throughout the exhibition to collect and share the stories of the artists and the artwork in this year's Open Open.

They will be presenting audio-visual stories gathered through conversations with artists, revealing the inspiration behind their artwork and its journey to the walls of the Open Open. These stories, alongside reactions from local residents to the exhibition, will be shared on Love Camden and across social media throughout the exhibition.

2 September 2017, 2 – 4pm
Join Quiet Down There for a Speakers' Corner event, inviting all exhibiting artists to join in and give a three-minute presentation about their work in a fun and friendly event with a public audience. This is a drop-in event open to all ages. For more information please contact

Click here for an overview of our gallery programme and archive!

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