exhibition submission guidelines

Art can offer respite and a way of sharing your feelings with the world at large. If you are interested in producing an artwork as part of an exciting new exhibition on mental health, then we would love to hear from you. We are particularly keen to showcase work from amateur and emerging artists.

Framewerk Gallery and Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics are running an open call exhibition on the theme of ‘Art as Therapy’ from 23-28 March 2020 in the exciting new Take Up Space Gallery in the Connswater Shopping Centre, East Belfast.

We hope to showcase an eclectic mix of artworks from both professional and amateur artists on this theme at our pop-up gallery in this busy shopping centre – a new space dedicated to ending the social stigma towards those living with mental health issues. The media launch of the exhibition will take place on the 23rd of March at 7.00pm in the gallery. Register here for this free event.

The exhibition aims to erode the stigma attached to poor mental health and promote a better understanding of mental illness. The chosen participants will have their work framed for the exhibition by Framewerk Gallery.

THEME: Art as Therapy

how to enter

It’s free to enter. Please submit digitally (scanned entry or video link with password where necessary) by email to director.takeupspace@gmail.com by 11 March 2020 using the subject title of ‘Art as Therapy’. Also please include your name, address, title of work and phone details. By entering you agree to give us permission to use the work for marketing purposes.

who can enter?

Anyone in Northern Ireland aged over 16 can submit one item. Submissions from both amateur and professional artists will be accepted. No liability can be accepted by the organisers for the artworks submitted and exhibited.

Selected artworks will be exhibited in the Connswater Shopping Centre, Belfast. Images and videos may also be published on the Imagine Belfast and Framewerk websites and social media platforms. Judging will be based on originality, creativity and how well the entry expresses the theme of the exhibition and competition. The decision of the judging panel is final.


painting/illustration/graphic art/poster art/sculpture/ video/photography that address the theme of mental health

For Painting/ Illustration/Graphic Art/and Poster Art This must be no larger than A3 and can incorporate any range of styles, techniques and mixed media including but not limited to drawing, painting, photography, collage and computer generated imagery.

Video Video works no longer than 180 seconds that address the theme of mental health may be submitted. Individual or group entries are eligible but participants depicted must sign release forms. The video must be appropriate for children and wider public consumption.

Photography Photos should bot depict a person’s face unless it involves the artist(s). Individuals photographed must sign release forms before works can be exhibited.

Sculpture Pieces of sculpture are welcome to be submitted, regardless of materials used, but will be subject to size limitations. Please check with the organiser for details before submitting.

further Information

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