Open Call

2024 is the Byre Gallery’s 10th anniversary. This summer, as part of our celebrations, we’re holding our first ever - and FREE to enter - OPEN CALL.

We're looking for up to six applied or visual artists to join some of our gallery regulars in our August 2024 exhibition, Hidden Depths. 

Cornish artist Nicola Mosley, Seascape of dark shore with blue sea and white clouds

Hidden Depths

This is a great opportunity for the selected artists and makers to exhibit their work alongside some of the Byre’s best loved ceramicists, glass artists, jewellers and of course visual artists - and to play a part in our 10th anniversary.

We're really excited to see submissions from all visual and applied artists who believe that their work:

  • Suits the Byre Gallery’s aesthetic look
  • Will fit with the coastal/ ocean exhibition theme for Hidden Depths

This is a FREE Open Call, there is NO charge to apply.

Please have your submission to us by Monday 10th June 2024 at 11pm.

See below for further information -

Apply here

When, What and Where

Hidden Depths 

Exhibition dates: 7th August to 7th September 2024

Byre Gallery, Hounster Hill, Millbrook, Cornwall, PL10 1AJ


Work selected should be with the Byre Gallery by Monday 15th July

The Open Call is totally free to enter, and we will reply to all submissions.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 10th June at 11pm

Good luck - really excited to see your work!

About the Byre Gallery

The Byre Gallery is in south east Cornwall on the beautiful, and often over-looked Rame Peninsula, which is known for the twin fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, the beautiful sweep of golden sand at Whitsand Bay, and the iconic Rame Head.

Situated at the entrance to the village of Millbrook, the Byre Gallery is an elegant and welcoming space showcasing stunning works of design-led craft and contemporary art by leading and emerging makers and artists from throughout the UK.

Founded in 2014 by Gallery Director Elaine Dye, the Byre Gallery is known for its elegant aesthetic and stylishly curated exhibitions where each piece is thoughtfully selected to add to the overall cohesive feel of the gallery space.  Visual art is hung in a considered way to best complement pieces of contemporary craft, and dark wooden furniture adds warmth, and a suggestion of an inviting domestic setting. 

What you might want to know...

Who can apply?

We'd love to see submissions from any applied and visual artists who think that their work would fit with the Byre Gallery's style and would sit well within the coastal theme of the exhibition.

How much does it cost to apply?

It's entirely FREE to enter this Open Call

What is the timescale for entries?

You can submit your work anytime from now until Monday 10th June at 11pm.

How many pieces of work are required from each artist?

That depends on what you make! For visual artists we would like a minimum of four ready to hang works; for jewellers a collection of around 10 pieces; and for other applied artists a collection of six to 12 pieces depending on size.

When do you need work by?

We need all work - gallery ready i.e framed or with any required support/stand - at the Byre Gallery by Monday 15th July. Artists and makers are responsible for delivery/shipping to the gallery, and we cover the return cost of any unsold work.

How many artists and makers are you looking for?

We're looking for up to six creatives to join this mixed exhibition.

Is this only open to UK artists and makers?

No. We'd love to see international submissions too but please bear in mind transport, tax and duties. The artist or maker is responsible for getting the work to the gallery and we are responsible for the return of any unsold work.

Is there a maximum size for wall hung art?

Max 170cm at widest point please!

How will you decide on the successful submissions?

We're looking for work that reflects the ocean/coastal theme and also that complements the work of the other artists and makers to a create an elegant and cohesive exhibition.

When will you decide who has been selected?

We will be in touch with everyone who has submitted work by Saturday 29th June - or sooner!

How do I apply?

If you click here you can complete a short and easy submissions form and attach images of your work

Do the images have to be of work that I'd want to include in the exhibition?

Ideally yes, but if you've got images that represent your work and are confident you can have a new collection ready in time then that's fine

Which Byre Gallery artists and makers are already taking part in 'Hidden Depths'?

The exhibition features paintings by Tara Leaver, Nicola Mosley and Aimee Willcock; ceramics by Michele Bianco and jewellery by Claire Stockings-Baker. There will also be work from many of our other regular makers and artists in the gallery - you can see all our regulars on our website.