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Gates Wide Open

15 March - 7 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre
Gates Wide Open


15 March - 8 May 2022

Gates Wide Open

This exhibition is the result of an open call submission which sought out work by UK based graduates of the creative disciplines who have been affected by the Covid pandemic.

As a cultural organisation we recognise that in recent years a considerable blow to all areas of the arts industry has been dealt, and this was particularly felt amongst the students who experienced learning via Zoom instead of the expected route of hands on skills and idea development: students who had their final exhibitions cancelled or moved online. We know that a tremendous effort has been made in making the virtual platform work and as a positive consequence many graduates reached a wider audience than they would have otherwise. However, for some disciplines, neither teaching/learning or presenting/receiving, can the actual touch of the material and the immersiveness of a face to face encounter be replaced by any online platform.

In the last two years publicly funded organisations have come in for criticism from various angles. One such was the accusation of stubborn gatekeeping by these organisations and the lack of commitment to work with emerging artists.

Wiltshire Creative is an NPO committed to working with young artists or artists entering their careers and to providing experience/ job opportunities for those who wish to work in the arts. For the exhibition Gates Wide Open we will engage young selectors to present works by four emerging artists who responded to our open call. 

Our panel of selectors represents contemporary voices of professional arts activists who fight for the exposure and correct treatment of emerging ideas and talents: 

The White Pube – Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente, @sadgrads2020 – Jody Mulvey


Call for UK based artists for Gates Wide Open

This is an open call for artists who graduated during the COVID years or for those whose study or training was affected by the COVID experience. Four selected artists will receive £500 each to exhibit their work at Salisbury Arts Centre in an exhibition 'Gates Wide Open' 15 March – 8 May 2022. 

The deadline for the applications is 2 January 2022.

Application can be found here

Please read the criteria carefully before submitting your application. Only applicants who meet all the criteria will be considered during the selection process.