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The Harley Open 2024

Art Competition
27 July 2024 — 13 October 2024

The Harley Open invites artists – whether professional or amateur – to submit their work for the chance to be included in this much-loved exhibition.

For the 2024 show, over 1200 artworks were entered into the competition and we now have the difficult job of selecting around 125 works for the final exhibition.

This year we have been joined by guest judge Selina Skipwith, who has helped us to make our selection. Selina is an independent art advisor and curator, she has worked with us to curate exhibitions including In Good Company and John Burningham’s Bedtime Stories.

Group of people looking at contemporary artwork in the Harley Gallery

Artist Open Call

Entries are now closed. Artists who submitted their work can expect to hear from us by 12 July.

Artist Guidance

Please read our full submission guide before you apply.

Frequently Asked Questions


This opportunity is open to everyone living or working within a 100-mile radius of the Harley Foundation (S80 3LW).

Submissions close on 30 June 2024.

Entry to the Harley Open costs £10 per artwork, up to a maximum of two artworks.

Judging + Prizes

The Harley Open 2024 will be judged by Lisa Gee, Director of the Harley Foundation; Susan Sherrit, Gallery Manager; and guest judge Selina Skipwith, Independent Art Advisor.


Selina Skipwith

Selina Skipwith is an Independent Art Advisor and Curator. She was the former Director and Keeper of Art of The Fleming Collection 1996-2014, overseeing the creation of The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, and The Fleming Collection gallery in Mayfair, which opened to the public in January 2002.

She has curated numerous art exhibitions in the UK and abroad, she writes and lectures regularly and advises a number of private and corporate clients. Skipwith is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and is a Trustee of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.


Shortlisted entries will be contacted by 12 July 2024.

These artworks must be delivered to the Harley Foundation between 18 21 July 2024.

Successful entries will be announced on 24 July 2024.

Unsuccessful artworks must be collected from the Harley Foundation between 24 27 July 2024.

The Judges Prize: £2500

The People’s Prize sponsored by Welbeck Estates Company: £750

Young Artist’s Prize selected by UK New Artists: £500

More prizes TBC.

UK New Artists is an East Midlands based charity championing the next wave of new and emerging artists. For the first time in 2024, UKNA will select the recipient of a £500 Young Artist’s Prize at the Harley Open. To be eligible for this prize you must be aged 35 or under.

Prizewinners will be announced on 26 July at our exhibition opening event.


All successful entries will be hung using mirror plates during the exhibition. This is to ensure that artwork is exhibited in a professional manner and meets our security and health and safety policies.

Please contact info@harleyfoundation.org.uk if this is not possible for your piece.

If your artwork is for sale, please enter the price you want to receive on the submission form.

The Harley Foundation will then add commission at 30% plus VAT (on the commission) to give a total retail price.

If you do not wish to sell your work, please enter ‘NFS’ (Not for Sale) on the entry form.

Exhibited artworks must be collected between 15   20 October 2024.

Top image credit: Down the Rabbit Hole by Ann Clay.