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2024 Open Calls - Round 4: New Graduates / Neurodiverse Artists / Environmental Themes.

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Dont forget to attach your images. 
Please state in the subject line - NAME, GROUP, OPEN CALL ROUND 4.

Welcome to the Hills Arts Centre's open calls for 2024.

Over the next three months, we are continuing an ambitious programme of eleven open calls for eleven month-long exhibitions, each which target different groups of people or different themes. Your work can be about any subject matter and material, although due to our public-facing nature we will prioritise non-explicit content.

The work of three artists will be selected for each exhibition.

We are looking for existing work - a fee of £250 will be awarded to each featured artist.

This will be paid following delivery of existing work to the Hills Arts Centre.


Our current round of open calls is targeted towards these three groups:


- New Graduates.

 - Neurodiverse Artists.

 - Environmental Themes. 


If you would like to respond to this round of open calls, please do so by this deadline:

10pm, Thursday 23rd November 2023.


If you are selected as the featured artist, your work will be exhibited throughout...

The month of January - New Graduates category.

The month of February - Neurodiverse Artists category.

The month of March -  Environmental Themes category.

Therefore, please make sure your work will be available for exhibition throughout the entirety of this month, and is available for move-in during the week ahead of the first date of this month.


You can apply to more than one category - please indicate so on the form.

We will be prioritising applications from artists living or working in and around the city of Sunderland.

We would expect you to be able to both deliver and pick up your work to and from the Hills Arts Centre in Sunderland (SR1 3HT), and expect you to pick up your work in the week following the closure of your exhibition. Please note that we will not be able to hold work on our premises any longer than this.

If you require delivery of your work via the Post Office service rather than personal collection, we expect you to pay for postage and packaging. It is not our responsibility if your work gets damaged or lost in the post.


We hope every exhibition will include a celebration event, where you are welcome to deliver a talk on your work if you feel comfortable, or at least meet visitors. We are flexible regarding this to fit your requirements / schedule where possible.


We shall be providing short written feedback to all unsuccessful applicants, so that you may act upon this advice and guidance when entering future open calls.


We ask that each application includes attached imagery of your existing artwork, so please include submission of a document containing imagery of your work, or up to 5 images in the form of .jpg / .png files.


In order to ensure that this application process remains open and accessible, you are also welcome to submit your application in the form of recorded audio (as a replacement to answering the three "Key Questions"). Please ensure this recording is no more than 5 minutes in length.


By applying to our open calls, you will be added to our email newsletter, which includes information about other open calls, artist opportunities, events, and exhibitions. Please indicate in the form below if you wish to opt out of receiving this email newsletter.


In addition, you will agree to photographs / video material / 3D exhibition maps, or other forms of media containing your work to exist online on our website ( & social media accounts, as a way of capturing the legacy of your exhibition digitally and of promoting your work / our gallery. If you do not agree to this, please do not apply for this open call.


If this is your first time exhibiting, and you don't have "public liability insurance", we will be be offering a development conversation to choose the right provider (e.g. £36 for a year's coverage included with a membership to A-N artist network), because this is something that we would require should your submission be successful.


If you have any further questions about our other upcoming open calls and exhibitions, please get in touch.


Is any of this unclear, or missing key information? Please get in touch if so, to allow us to update or amend this form appropriately.


Thank you ever so much, and wishing you the best with your application to our open call,





Michaela Wetherell 

Programmes Director, Hills Arts Centre (Norfolk Street Arts) / @Nofolkstreetarts

What group(s) are you applying for?*
  • New Graduates
  • Neurodiverse Artists
  • Environmental Themes.



Artist Name 
First and Last Name *
Your answer

Your answer
Email Address
We will contact you at this address*
Your answer
Phone Number*
Your answer
Pronouns *
Your answer
Your answer
Social Media Handles *
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Please indicate if you wish to opt out of receiving our email newsletter, which includes information about our upcoming open calls, artist opportunities, events, and exhibitions.*
  • I am happy to receive this email newsletter.
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Please upload images of the work you are submitting. 
Please title all files with your name and title of work. *
Details about the work you are submitting. Title, measurements, media, date, price. 

Your answer

Key Question 1: About you and your current practice.
Please give details and background information about yourself, your practice, and where you are now in terms of your existing work.
(Max 400 words)*

Your answer

Key Question 2: About your plans for development and sustainability.
Please give details about how you are planning to develop your own ongoing practice, what you want to achieve from exhibiting with us at Hills Arts Centre, and how this could support your ongoing creative professional development.
(Max 400 words)

Your answer

Key Question 3: About your existing work for exhibition.
Because these open calls are structured towards exhibiting existing work, please give details about the existing work which you are hoping to exhibit in the Hills Arts Centre; as well as relating to themes, art style, and influences, we would also like to know about, materials, sizes, hanging/display specifications, or other curatorial considerations. e.g. Framed or unframed? What kind of wall hangings are needed?
(Max 400 words)*

Your answer

Key Question 4: About marketing your work.
Please offer information about why audiences might want to come to see your work in the exhibition. How would you sell your event to other people?
(Max 400 words)*
Your answer

Are you intending to sell your work through the exhibition? We operate an 80/20 split - where 80% of the price will go to the artist, and 20% of the price will go to Norfolk Street Arts (Hills Arts Centre).
If yes, please list below a price list against each piece of work (keeping the above 80/20 split consideration in mind).

Is there anything else you would like to raise with us at this point? Any concerns or requirements?
If you would like to apply with a video or audio please attach to the email. 

Equal Monitoring Question

What is your gender?

(Please give an answer, or write "prefer not to say")

Your answer*

What is your age?

(Please give an answer, or write "prefer not to say")*

Your answer

The Disability Discrimination Act as incorporated in Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has substantial and long-term (i.e. has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Adverse effects may arise from external barriers experienced by people with impairments. 

When you answer the question, you should not take into account the effect of any medication or treatments used or adjustments made (for example at work or at home) which reduce the effects of impairments.  Instead, you should think about the effect the impairment would have if these were not being used or made.  

Taking this into account, do you consider yourself to be a disabled person?

(Please give an answer, or write "prefer not to say")*

Your answer

What is your ethnic origin?

(Please give an answer, or write "prefer not to say")*

Your answer*

What is your religion?

(Please give an answer, or write "prefer not to say")*

Your answer


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