Wiltshire Creative projects

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Wiltshire Creative has various opportunities for artists to work with us.

Summer Open Exhibition 17 July - 5 September deadline 31 May 2020

Open call for touring outdoor work



In spite of the circumstances we find ourselves in the Wiltshire Creative Summer Exhibition exhibition 2020 will be taking place at Salisbury Arts Centre once normality resumes. 
Please follow the link to the submission form. We will update the date changes as soon as we know what these are. In the meantime please do apply. 

Based in the city of Salisbury, Wiltshire Creative draws audiences from across the county and beyond. As part of the Visual Arts programme we seek to showcase work that has been created locally. Building on the success of last year’s Summer Open Exhibition, we are once more providing a platform for the talent which flourishes in Wiltshire and adjoining counties.

This exhibition will showcase work by artists at any stage of their career. The Summer Open Exhibition dates are 17 July – 5 September. 

We are looking for work in any media across 2D and wall-hung shallow relief (up to 70 mm in depth.) These can include painting, drawing, photography, textiles, wood, mixed-media, ceramics, glass etc.

Artists should submit:

  • A maximum of two images together with the exact dimensions of the work
  • The selling price of the work which must include Wiltshire Creative’s commission of 45%. (VAT is deducted by Wiltshire Creative from this commission) 
  • Description of the medium used
  • 30 word artist’s statement
  • Website 
  • Postal address 
  • Telephone number

Please note that if your application doesn’t meet the above criteria it will not be considered.

‘Memory Fine Art Prize’

The winner of a public vote will receive £200 and an opportunity to exhibit at Memory Fine Art Gallery, Salisbury. Only actual visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote (no online vote).

‘Noble Arts Prize’ 

This is a young artist prize for participants aged 25 or younger. It will be selected by Sharon Noble and by our exhibition selectors and announced on the PV night. If you are an artist aged 25 or under, please let us know on your application.

DEADLINE for submissions is 31 May 2020.

Selection panel will meet on 12 June 2020. 

The panellists are:

Pauline Scott-Garrett Visual Arts and Cultural Advisor and a Member of the Wiltshire Creative Board of Trustees
Katie Ackrill Visual Arts Coordinator at Pound Arts, Corsham
Martin Memory  Artist and Gallerist
Mirka Golden-Hann Resident Artist Head of Visual Arts Wiltshire Creative

Selected artists will be notified by email by 19 June 2020.
Only selected artists will be notified. If you haven’t heard from us by 21 June, please assume that your application was unsuccessful.
Successful artists will be asked to deliver work to Salisbury Arts Centre on Friday 10 July, 3-5pm and Saturday 11 July, 10am-12pm.
All work must be supplied with suitable hanging fixings.
Wiltshire Creative staff are responsible for hanging the exhibition.
Wiltshire Creative will insure the work whilst on our premises.
Wiltshire Creative reserves the right not to hang work if it is not to the standard we anticipate.
Artists are requested to make their own arrangements to collect unsold work on 7 September 2020.
Please note we do not have a storage facility on-site and artwork will be disposed of if left uncollected after 9 September





Open Call for creation and touring for new outdoor work

Artists are invited to submit proposals for the next round of Without Walls grants, for new outdoor arts projects in any form which will premiere and tour in either 2020 or 2021. A further Open Call for 2021 projects will take place in 2020.

Open Call 2020 & 2021


Without Walls supports the creation and touring of a range of exciting and ambitious outdoor projects of different genres, styles and forms by UK artists. Our main agenda is to support new work of the highest quality.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for the next round of Without Walls grants, for new outdoor arts projects in any form which will premiere and tour in either 2020 or 2021. A further Open Call for 2021 projects will take place in 2020.

Artists applying for creation support for projects that have been developed through the Without Walls Blueprint programme still need to apply through this same open call process, and all the applications that we receive will still be given the same level of consideration.


Purpose of this Open Call

Without Walls issues Open Calls to artists in order to ensure that all artists have the opportunity to present their ideas to the consortium in an equal and democratic way. We have found that this is a great way of finding out about new artists and projects – though the large response that we usually have to these Open Calls means that there are always far more projects than we are able to support. We very much value the work and time that artists put into these Open Calls and thank you in advance for your interest.

We try to keep the proposal forms as succinct as possible, hoping that they strike a balance between giving us the important information we need, without taking too much time for the artists to complete. All projects are read by the partners and we work together to select a programme that can work for all of the partners. This always involves lengthy negotiation between the partners as we have to manage multiple priorities and reach a consensus within a limited budget.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 10am on Monday 22 July


Eligibility and guidance  

  • We are looking for work from all disciplines and genres, that is innovative and ambitious and challenges the idea of what outdoor arts can be.
  • The work must be suitable for outdoor touring and artists should be committed to exploring touring opportunities for the works in addition to the Without Walls festivals.

Proposals for work could be adaptable in scale, suitable for daytime and / or evening presentation and may also include promenade or processional based elements.

Without Walls exists to support the development of new and ambitious work by UK artists; we can support projects that are developed in association with International artists, but the lead partner on the project must be based in the UK.

Most projects supported by Without Walls are shows for which we have provided creation support. However, in some cases we will support the touring of a project that has already raised its creation costs, provided that the show has not already toured in the UK, and provided it clearly meets our priorities.

  • For projects premiering in 2020: Please note the work should be available from May to September 2020 and be available to tour to Without Walls festivals where interest lies. Presentation dates for these festivals are listed on page 2. It is expected that shows selected for 2020 will also be available to tour from April – October 2021, allowing them to tour to our Touring Network Partner festivals, if required.

 For projects premiering in 2021: The work should be available from May to September 2021 and be available to tour to Without Walls festivals where interest lies. It is expected that shows premiering in 2021 will also be available to tour from April – October 2022, allowing them to tour to Touring Network Partner festivals, if required.


How to submit your proposal

Please ensure you read the relevant eligibility and guidance criteria. 
All applications should be made online via www.withoutwalls.uk.com/open-calls

Please note that you will not be able to save your application as you go along, so we therefore recommend that you work on a draft and copy the contents once you have a finalised version that you are happy to submit. An application template is available at the bottom of this page.

When you have finalised the application, please click on ‘submit’. You will then receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

Projects selected for touring in 2020 will receive final notifications by the end of October 2019. Projects for 2021 will be notified whether they have been shortlisted by the end of October.

Access support
Without Walls is committed to ensuring that all our processes are as accessible as possible.

If you would like to receive the application materials in an alternative format, or if you would like to request assistance with completing your application, please contact: adam@xtrax.org.uk providing an outline of your access requirements.


Anticipated Timeline

This open call has been brought forward to allow artists more creation time before the presentation of their projects, and as a response to feedback received in the past years.
Deadline for all submissions: 10am on Monday 22 July 2019

Projects for presentation in 2020:
Notification of shortlisted projects:
 End of September 2019
Final decision: End of October 2019

Projects for presentation in 2021:
Notification of shortlisted projects: End of October 2019



For further information please contact the Without Walls management team, based at the XTRAX office on 0161 227 8383.