Cass Art Bristol: Open Walls

Cass Art Bristol: Open Walls

Posted by Cass Art on 6th Sep 2020

UPDATE: Due to recent Government restrictions OPENWALLS: SERIES 3 will be delayed. We will continue to accept applications until midnight on 13th December, and hope to reschedule the exhibition for a date to be confirmed in 2021. Please note, whilst the Bristol store is closed, we will not be able to respond to applications, but will respond as soon as possible once the store reopens. 
Cass Art Bristol is thrilled to announce the third edition of our OPENWALLS annual open exhibition, 'OPENWALLS: SERIES 3'. Following the success of our previous OPENWALLS exhibitions, Cass Art Bristol is once again calling for artists to submit their artwork to exhibit in our third public open exhibition, 'OPENWALLS: SERIES 3' in our very own Art Space. Here at Cass Art Bristol we have the pleasure of meeting artists and art enthusiasts of all ages and abilities on a daily basis and we would like to open our walls and display work from some of our patrons and the local artists from Bristol and the surrounding areas in a truly unique art exhibition. We are inviting artists of all abilities who work in any form of two-dimensional media and style, as we aim to display a wide variety of approaches to visual art, whether that be oil painting, charcoal drawing, or collage.
Selected artists will be invited to display their work in the exhibition taking place at The Art Space, Cass Art Bristol, 43-45 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NL, dates to be confirmed pending updates to Government restrictions. 
Cass Art has made some changes in-store in line with government guidelines, to allow everyone to visit as safely as possible. Capacity in-store is now more limited so there will be no physical private view this year, but the exhibition will be open to the public during usual store opening hours. 
As the Openwalls exhibition is free to enter and is open to all abilities and approaches to 2D art, we may not be able to accommodate all entries in our physical gallery, however we will create an online gallery to display a wider selection of the entries on our Facebook page for all to see!
We look forward to receiving your submission!


There is no submission fee and any sales of work are commission free. The deadline for entries closes at midnight on Sunday 13th December 2020. We will not be able to accept entries made after this date. To submit work, please email with "OPENWALLS S3 APPLICATION" in the subject line and include the details below*;
  • Your Full Name (some artists choose to use a different name for their work so please include this also if this applicable to you)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your email address
  • Your UK address
  • The title of your artwork
  • The medium of your artwork
  • Price of your work should you wish to sell it.
  • The dimensions of your work in centimetres (cm) width x height x depth (both framed and unframed where relevant)
  • Links to any websites or social media pages that you may have.
  • One jpeg image of the artwork you would like to submit at a preferred 300dpi. (Image file must be no larger than 1MB and the image must show the entire work. Image files must be labelled as follows: artistname_title_media_sizeincm_year.jpeg
  • The image file must be saved so it opens in the correct orientation. To avoid any confusion, please also indicate which way up the piece should be viewed in your email.)
  • Any specific instructions for hanging the work you would like to include.
*Applications with information missing will not be valid. No postal applications will be considered. (Please refrain from emailing Cass Art asking how to convert your images).


The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 13th December 2020. Any submissions received after this date will not be considered.

Successful applicants will receive an acceptance notification with further information via email by 3rd January 2021.

Unsuccessful applicants may not necessarily be notified due to the high volume of applicants. If you do not receive any further correspondence from us, unfortunately your work has not been chosen for this show, however please feel free to apply to any further open calls in the future. We kindly ask that you do not email Cass Art Bristol for updates as all artists will be contacted via the contact details they provide within the timeframe previously stated.
Successful applicant's artworks must be delivered clearly marked ‘OPENWALLS S3" along with the artist’s name to: The Art Space, Cass Art Bristol 43-45 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NL, a deadline for delivery will be communicated with the successful applicants.
Please note that all dates and times are subject to slight change, successful artists will be notified of any changes to the schedule.


This exhibition is open to UK resident artists age 18+ at any stage of their career.

Artists may submit 1 piece of work each only.

Due to the nature of our gallery space, only physical two-dimensional works can be considered as our gallery does not have the facilities to display three dimensional artworks, video installations or sound installations. Artworks that may be considered include drawings, paintings, photography, collage, printed digital artwork any other form of 2D media. You may contact Cass Art Bristol should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your submission piece.

The work must have been completed in the last two years. Works made prior to 2018 will not be accepted.

Artists submitting works must hold the intellectual property rights of the work and must have obtained any third party consents required for the use of third party owned material contained in the works.

Works can be framed or unframed however unframed works must be delivered ready to hang.

Works must be no longer than 1m wide and 1.5m high (excluding the frame).

Artworks must be completely dry at the time of delivery and all costs of delivery and collection must be covered by the artist.

Artists may wish to consider insuring their artwork should they feel it necessary. Any artworks without insurance will be exhibited at the artist's own risk. Although every care is taken to ensure the safety of the artworks at every step of the exhibition, Cass Art cannot accept responsibility for any damages to works during the delivery, installation, display or take down of the show.

The Art Space is a public space open to the general public of all ages and all works should not contain scenes of a graphic nature such as full nudity, extreme violence, political preference or any other subject that may be seen as offensive to others. We encourage a welcoming and inclusive art show and Cass Art reserves the right to withdraw any artwork from the show at any time, including after the selection process or during the show.


Artists may sell their work if they wish and Cass Art takes no commission on the sale of works at all. The sale of artworks must be negotiated and arranged directly with the artist and buyer, and any disputes regarding the sale of artworks shall be resolved between the artist and the purchaser. Cass Art does not act as an agent or partner regarding the sale of artworks, and has no authority to negotiate or conclude the sale of artworks. Sales cannot be made through Cass Art and the artist is responsible for arranging payment of VAT for any sales if necessary.

Contact details for the artist will be made available alongside their artwork.

No work that has been accepted and displayed at the exhibition may be removed prior to the close of the exhibition. Any artworks sold must be collected after the show on the dates outlined above. Delivery costs and collection of the work must be negotiated between the artist and purchaser if any work is sold.


In addition to the terms above, by submitting an application you also agree to the following:

You consent that Cass Art have the right to use images of your work on digital platforms including but not limited to Social Media, digital newsletters, and their websites, and on printed collateral including but not limited to press releases, educational, archival, publicity and marketing material. You consent that press have the right to include images of your work both digitally and in print. You consent that Cass Art have the right to include the work in any film and/or broadcast by any broadcaster. This consent is irrevocable and given without payment of any fee or royalty.

You agree that members of the public will be allowed to take photographs of the work (alone or in combination with other works) for personal and non-commercial use during the exhibition period. Cass Art will not be responsible if any images of the works taken by persons are exploited commercially in violation of the permission given and in such circumstances, it is up to the artist to defend their intellectual property rights in the work.

Cass Art reserve the right to deny admission or withdraw works from the exhibition at any time if for any reason the works, or any circumstances surrounding the display of the works, appears to Cass Art to expose it to potential or actual risk of legal proceedings or enforcement including, without limitation, the alleged breach of third party intellectual property rights.

Artists submitting works must ensure that the submitted works conform to all applicable health and safety standards and regulations. By submitting work you agree to indemnify Cass Art, their staff and visitors to the exhibition for any loss, damage, cost or expense which results or arises from a breach of such standards and regulations.

By submitting your work you confirm that the work is in a condition to withstand normal rigours of handling and display.

Although due care will be taken, Cass Art shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, deterioration or wear, including damage to frames.

If any unsold work has not been removed within one month of the final collection date for exhibited works, the work will be deemed to have been abandoned by the artist and Cass Art shall be entitled, without notifying the artist, to dispose of such work.

Cass Art shall have no liability to the artist whatsoever for any loss of business or profits, loss or damage to reputation, or for any indirect or consequential loss or damage of whatever nature, howsoever caused, whether occurring in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise.


For further queries, please contact

Thank you in advance for your application and we wish you the best of luck!