We regretfully announce that the Open 31: The People’s Exhibition has been cancelled due to Leicester being placed in Tier 3 Restrictions and the national lockdown.

Following the government announcement of Leicester being placed into COVID-19 Tier 3 restrictions from Thursday 2nd December, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery will be temporarily closed until further notice.

In light of the museum closure, we are disappointed to announce that Open 31: The People’s Exhibition will be cancelled. With the new restrictions in place and with the closure of Leicester Museum & Art Gallery it is not possible for artists to deliver their work to the museum, for the exhibition to be installed or to be open for the public to enjoy. Leicester’s residents and their safety must remain our absolute priority as an organisation. 

We are very grateful to everyone who applied and supported this exhibition in its organisational stages in these uncertain times. This includes the Leicester City Council staff, Matthew Burrows for supporting the use of the Artist Support Pledge; the judges, the exhibition technicians; the teachers, parents and guardians who applied on behalf of their pupils and children; the generous volunteers who support this exhibition, and all the dedicated artists who have participated so far.

If art has taught us anything of over this past year it is that it provides meaningful outlets for our thoughts and experiences, moments of solace and helpful distractions, especially in challenging times. To support you through a different set of restrictions in these winter months, we have provided links to art resources to inspire you to continue creating art.

Will the Open exhibition be held next year?

The Open exhibition takes place every year. We hope that by September 2021 we will be in a more optimistic situation and therefore we still plan to hold Open 32. Applications for this exhibition will be open during September 2021. If you would like to receive an email about when the next years’ Open exhibition is open for applications, please email openexhibition@leicester.gov.uk to be added to a mailing list.

Arts Activity Resources

A range of Arts-based activities and events for people of all ages and interests.

5 Ways to Wellbeing - Looking after your health and wellbeing during these times is as important as ever. The simple tips to help your wellbeing have been identified through extensive research and expert opinion as simple actions that anyone can take that will have a positive impact on their day-to-day wellbeing.

Leicester Print Festival - A virtual festival of printmaking held by Leicester Print Workshop. There is a mixture of filmed activities and talks to tune in to from home.

Leicester Gallery - a range of family friendly activities, from making dens to playing with clay. Delivering a mixture of online events and activities to do at home, Leicester Gallery activities encourage all the family to get involved. Activity packs can be posted or even hand-delivered to you, please see the link for more details to get involved.

LCB Showcase Winner 2020  - An exhibition of work by the three winners, Kate Jackson, Steve Sadler and Alison Carpenter-Hughes, of the LCB Depot Award at last year’s Open 30 exhibition. Their prize was to have a selection of their work shown in our meeting rooms across 2020 and then to have newer work exhibited in the main gallery space Lightbox during December 2020. This joint exhibition is on show in the Lightbox gallery which is not open to the public, but which is viewable from outside our building in Rutland Street - and online. Click the link to view the exhibition online.

StudioName –  With the support Arts Council England, Leicester-based art studio StudioName, have supported their artists by funding them to create online learning videos and tutorials related to the way they make art.  With over thirty videos and short films on being creative, getting creative and keeping it creative, there little chance of being bored!

In Residence - No Jobs in the Arts and Attenborough Arts Centre asked six early-career artists linked to Leicester/shire to spend a day creating at home. With their immediate surroundings as their prompt, artists were encouraged to be inspired by the place they reside in; their home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work they created embraces the idea of working with what you have or haven’t got, and celebrates the ups and downs of that domestic, creative experience.

Universes - A series of online talks and films from artists and writers exploring ideas of universe creation as a mode of contemporary arts practice. Hosted by Leicester Gallery and Curated by Daniel Sean Kelly.

Arts Culture Quarantine - Some top recommendations, from dance, video-making and drawing to suit the young and the young at heart, which the BBC have put together with help from Arts Council England.