Open 32: The People’s Exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 4 December 2021 to Friday 21 January 2022 at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors to the Museum are required to wear a mask unless you have a legitimate reason not to.

Open 32 contains over 350 artworks, from painting, sculpture, print, textiles and more. This year’s fantastic artworks include an owl made from cutlery, a brain made of bolts and a hand-crafted replica of the Kaaba door plus many more brilliant artworks! The exhibition includes artwork from our Young People category, aged 5 – 18 years old and Adults, people 19 years old and over, so there is something for everyone to see! 

2021 has proven to be another unprecedented year which has challenged us all. This year’s entries highlight the incredible value of creativity in these uncertain times, featuring artworks which consider experimentation, observation of the world around us and the impact of COVID-19. 

This years’ judges included:  

Exhibiting opportunities and support for artists is especially important this year following the effect of the pandemic on galleries and studios. All Adult work is for sale, while Young People have the option to offer their work for sale.  

If you are interested in buying an artwork you enjoyed, please contact us.  

Information for exhibiting artists

Thank you for exhibiting your artwork with us.

When Open 32 closes to the public, the artwork will be taken down from the gallery walls. You will need to collect your artwork on either:

  • Sunday 23 January 2022: 11am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 24 January 2022: 11am – 4pm

Please come to Leicester Museum and Art Gallery to collect your work. If your artwork has sold, you will have been notified by email and therefore only need to collect any unsold artwork.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot collect your work on the designated days and an alternative time can be arranged.

If you are positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the museum to collect your artwork and make other arrangements.

We have more information available in our Terms and Conditions which is available to download at the bottom of this page. Please select the Terms and Conditions appropriate to the category for which you have applied. If you have any further queries, or questions, please send us an email.

Open Exhibition Gallery