The Space Within

12 - 27 January

In 2018, the Horsebridge Arts Centre embarked on an exciting creative programme of New Ambitions. The Horsebridge Open 2019 marks one year since this chapter began and we are excited to be holding our open exhibition for the second year.

Call for submissions

We are inviting artists to submit work that will be featured in the Open Exhibition subtitled: ‘The Space Within’, launching our visual arts programme in 2019.

The exhibition draws on the theme of physical space and we invite artists to submit work that will be respond to themes inspired by British female artists Rachael Whiteread and Phylida Barlow. Both Whiteread and Barlow work with sculptural form using everyday materials to produce works that dominate and change the architectural sense of the space that they fill.

Phyllida Barlow CBE RA (born 1944) is a British artist. Barlow studied at Chelsea College of Art (1960–63) and the Slade School of Art (1963–66). After joining the staff in the late 1960s, Barlow taught at the Slade School of Art for more than forty years before retiring in 2009 and is now Emerita Professor of Fine Art. Phyllida Barlow has had an important influence on younger generations of artists through her work and long teaching career in London art schools.

Rachel Whiteread, CBE (born 20 April 1963) is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. Whiteread was one of the Young British Artists who exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. Among her most renowned works are House, a large concrete cast of the inside of an entire Victorian house; the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna, resembling the shelves of a library with the pages turned outwards; and Untitled Monument, her resin sculpture for the empty fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

Phyllida Barlow
Rachel Whiteread

The exhibition’s aim is to bring together artists of all levels who explore this role of art in contemporary society and work in engaging, playful, thought-provoking ways. The submitted works will be curated into a group exhibition in both our ground floor galleries.

Entries should respond to themes of positive and negative space, domestic objects, memory, architectural space and form, balance, rhythm, materiality, mass, volume, materials, permanence, transition, dictating and challenging the experience of viewing.

A panel will award The Horsebridge New Ambitions Prize to the artist that they judge to have responded most creatively to the brief. There will also be The People’s Choice Award.

Benefits of exhibiting in our Open Exhibition:

  • Your work will be seen by hundreds of centre visitors and thousands from our digital Community
  • You will have an excellent opportunity to sell your art and/or attract commissions
  • You can establish relationships with other participating artists and The Horsebridge Arts Centre
  • You will contribute to the bolder new phase of arts programming initiated by The Horsebridge Arts Centre
  • You will have the opportunity to be awarded The Horsebridge New Ambitions Prize of £150 or The People’s Choice Award of £100

To be part of this exhibition, please read the submission information and Terms and Conditions and complete the application form.

If you have any questions regarding the exhibition (themes, suitability, exhibition structure, etc) please contact Galleries Officer Sophie Everett

Horsebridge Open 2019 - Application.pdf213.62 KB
Horsebridge Open 2019 - submissions.pdf183.9 KB