Open 33: The People’s Exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 10 December 2022 until Friday 20 January 2023 at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

Open 33 contains over 400 artworks, from paintings and sculptures, prints and textiles, and much more. This year’s fantastic artworks include an amazing range of subjects, such as an eagle made from cutlery, an embroidery of Abbey Pumping Station, and a painting of a misbehaving cat. The exhibition includes artwork from our Young People category, aged 5 to 18 years old, and Adults, people 19 years old and over, so there is something for everyone!

All the artworks in the exhibition have been selected by a panel of independent judges, who this year were:

  • Vishal Joshi, Fine Artist
  • Sally Norman, Co-founder and Co-director of Soft Touch Arts
  • Pete Underhill, Artist and Open 30 Attenborough Prize winner
  • Melanie Weeks, Artist

The judges were impressed by the range, quality and inspirational work being created across Leicester and the East Midlands

Exhibiting opportunities and support for artists is especially important at this time following the effects 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 enjoy or would like to gift an artwork to your loved one for Christmas, please enquire at the museum shop.


Open 33: Free Events

Make It! Do It! Workshops 

Free, family-friendly art workshops for children aged 5 to 15 years old.  

An opportunity for children to make their own artwork inspired by the exhibition, facilitated by workshop leaders. These sessions give young people a chance to make their artistic mark and enjoy a creative experience. Children must be accompanied. Workshops take place on:  

For more information, please click on the above links.

Saturday Short Talks

3 artists exhibiting in the Open 33 exhibition deliver 15-minute talks about their artwork. A casual and friendly conversation between artist and audience. With artists and makers Annie O’Conner, Diana Parkhouse and Lyle Webster.

Drop-in, free to attend. No booking required. Please see our webpage for more information.


Prize Winners

Every year we award prizes to selected artists. The prizes include exhibition opportunities, theatre tickets, cash and much more. The prizes are generously provided by our sponsors. We are very thankful for their support of the Open exhibition.

This year our sponsors were: Arch Creative, Art House, Curve, City of Leicester Museums Trust, CVAN East Midlands, De Montfort Hall, LCB Depot, Leicester Print Workshop, Phoenix and Soft Touch Arts

This year, the prize winners include:

  • Susan Isaac for Lines of Power II
  • Evian Baum (age 17) for A Breather
  • Juliette Welisane Mayega (age 14) for Schizophrenia Was Their Name
  • Samuel Eldredge-Allen (age 7) for As Flat as a Pancake

All prize winners are labelled in the exhibition. For a full list of all prize winners and the prizes they won, please see our news page.

While we cannot award every artist with a prize, all the exhibiting artists have made a great achievement in being selected for the show. We urge everyone to stay inspired and continue with their brilliant artistic efforts!


Information for exhibiting artists

Thank you for exhibiting your artwork(s) with us. 

When the exhibition closes on Friday 20 December, the artwork will be taken down from the gallery walls. You will need to collect your artwork on either Sunday 22nd January or Monday 23rd January. If your work has sold, you will be notified by email.  

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 are applying. 

If you have any further queries, or questions, please send us an email. 

Feeing Inspired? 

The Open exhibition is an annual event and is open to applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. If Open 33 has inspired you, you can apply with your artwork to be a part of next year’s exhibition. To receive an email about when the Open exhibition is accepting entries, sign up to our mailing list by contacting