Artists from across Uttlesford are invited to submit their artwork to Saffron Walden Museum's first open call art exhibition.

The Uttlesford Open 2023 exhibition aims to showcase artistic talent from across the district, and is open to anyone - from complete beginners to seasoned professionals.

Artists will have their work displayed in the historic museum building, with the exhibition open to the public from Saturday, July 22.

Entrants must be over 18 and living, working or studying in Uttlesford or within 20 miles of Saffron Walden.

They are invited to submit artworks on the theme of 'A Sense of Place: People, Places and Landscapes of Uttlesford'.

Entries will open on Monday, April 3 and close on Saturday, May 20. To enter, artists need to submit good digital images of their artworks.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will select the paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, prints and photographs that will go on display in the museum in July.

The artworks will be judged both on their artistic merit and their response to the theme, and unsuccessful submissions will still be displayed digitally.


Charlotte Pratt, learning and outreach officer at Saffron Walden Museum, said: "We are incredibly excited to hold our first open call exhibition.

"We hope it will give both emerging and established artists an opportunity to showcase their work in the historic surroundings of the museum whilst celebrating the artistic diversity in the area."

Saffron Walden Museum is reputed to be the oldest purpose-built local museum in the country. It features collections displaying ceramics and glass, costume and textiles, geology, and furniture and wordwork - covering ancient cultures, local history, world cultures and natural history.

Entry fees for the Uttlesford Open 2023 are £10 for a single piece of work and £25 for two. Concessionary rates are available.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, July 22 and runs until Sunday, October 29.

Artworks will be on sale - if artists wish to sell their work - and purchases can be collected after the exhibition closes in October.

For more information, the full application form and terms and conditions visit