The Open has been celebrating East Midlands talent for over 30 years, giving all creative people a chance to showcase what they are doing - it is the people’s exhibition. We feature over 200+ artists and makers and all artworks are for sale. The Open accepts artwork from adults, children and young people, making for truly original and exciting show.

The 2022/23 exhibition, Open 33: The People’s Exhibition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show.

Feeing Inspired? 

If this exhibition has inspired you, or you have artwork that you would like to showcase, you can apply to be a part of the next exhibition.

The next show, Open 34, will be accepting applications later in the year. To receive an email about when entries are open, sign up to our mailing list by contacting

Arts Support

The Arts Team at Leicester City Council work to support artists and makers with their creative ventures. To find out more about how we can help, please see our Arts Support webpage.