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D Contemporary is delighted to announce an open call for our renowned annual summer exhibition, tailored to provide early to mid-career artists of any age and nationality with an opportunity to exhibit within our Mayfair gallery

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Celebrating another open call, we continue our effort to discover, showcase, and support the creative practices of artists around the world. Looking to investigate the notion of progress and personal growth, this year’s theme is ‘In the emancipation of self...’ 

Taking inspiration from a Challenging year and from an ever-changing, fast-moving world we want to hear from artists to demonstrate their vision of Empowerment Self-awareness, and self-acceptance. Emancipation of self-entails recognizing one's agency and capacity to shape one's life according to personal choices and aspirations. It involves taking ownership of one's decisions and actions introspection and understanding of one's own identity, values, and desires. It involves accepting oneself fully, including both strengths and weaknesses and embracing authenticity.

We want to shine a spotlight on new ways of thinking and feeling in terms of exploring a spatial, physical, and emotional timeline. We aim to explore new frontiers in contemporary art by examining how current histories and our journeys intersect. It is through rituals, events, and experiences that we create our paths, as well as through social change that our myths are shaped. Through a fresh perspective, the artworks for this year should reflect and comment on the zeitgeist. 

We are interested in artworks of any form/media and the judging panel will curate the exhibition best suited to our unique space in the heart of Mayfair. We invite artists to submit up to 5 images of their work for consideration. The judging panel will review all submissions once entry has closed and select works for the exhibition. If selected there will be a fee of £150+VAT per artist to participate, this goes towards the costs of the exhibition and provides you with all the benefits listed below. The exhibition will run in May 2024 at our gallery at 23 Grafton Street, Mayfair.

Judging Panel to be announced soon


-Open to artists in the UK and internationally. 
-D Contemporary is seeking applications from artists of all media. 
-There is no age limit, applicants will be judged on the overall quality of their work.

-Students in current education are eligible to apply. This applies to BA and MA students or equivalent as well as those undertaking postgraduate research work leading to a PhD/Mphil/MLitt/ MRes or equivalent are able to apply.

-We are unable to accept joint, group, or collective applications.

-There is no specific size limit but if an intended artwork submission is larger than 200cm on the largest side please contact us and request specific guidance before submitting.

Benefits we offer:

-Exposure to Mayfair’s audience and gallery street in the heart of London’s fine art district

-Artist name and social media links on all promotional materials (digital and print) 

-Printed invitations and/or exhibition leaflets and price lists

-Professionally designed digital catalogue 

-Photography and coverage of the exhibition and Private View, artists’ promo  in the exhibition space 

-Promotion of the artist/exhibition on D Contemporary’s website and social media accounts

-Full curatorial and installation support with opportunities for further collaboration woth the gallery and selection committee

-Handling of sales, including invoicing and shipping arrangements – with a 20% handling commission on sales

-Professional documentation of the work for future use by the artists. 

-Final presentation within the gallery at the end of the residency, running three weeks with an opening event.

-Outreach to press - promotion on website and social media platforms.

Making a Submission: 

  • Submission is FREE however If selected there will be a fee of £150+VAT per artist to participate, this goes towards the costs of the exhibition and provides you with all the benefits listed above.

  • We advise that you look at the gallery space on our website to familiarise yourself with the space before submitting.


The selected artists will be contacted by the W/C 7th of April.

The exhibition will take place: May 2024

Submissions should be sent to and submitted by 11 pm on 15th March 2024

Please include the following in your application:
•    Up to 5 images of works with details of medium, dimensions, and price. The file should be in JPEG format not exceeding 5 MB

•    Name your image file with your name e.g  JohnSmith1

(If you do not name your images correctly they could be lost or misplaced and delay the exhibition. Please only use your name, do not include image titles or any other information)

•    Artist Statement
•    Bio, or CV.
•    Any relevant website or social media links. (required)
•    Please include ‘OPEN CALL SUBMISSION’ in the subject line followed by your name.


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