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

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. Please see the bottom of the page for more information.

What happens now?

Whether your artwork was selected or not for the exhibition, you will have been contacted by email. We will be refunding the entry fee for all entrants to the Adult category of Open 31. You will be contacted by a member of our team about reimbursement.

If you were required to deliver your artwork to the museum, you will no longer need to bring it to us. The museum will be closed and therefore we cannot receive any artwork into the museum.

As the museum is closed, we cannot accept any visitors. The building will currently remain closed until it can be re-opened in line with government tiered system guidelines.

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 Leicester

Print Festival is a week of virtual printmaking. There will be a mixture of live events to join and participate in and filmed activities, events and talks to tune in to from home.

Leicester Art Week - Leicester Art Week is a visual art festival produced by Leicester Visual Arts, presenting an exciting programme of exhibitions, events and commissions across the city and online in November 2020.