The Observatory


University of Exeter Open Exhibition

The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit

The University of Exeter is a place of learning and also a place of research. Artists are invited to submit works that respond to the idea of ‘observatory’ as a channel for exploring a certain type of vision, investigation or view. The theme is open to interpretation. It is an invitation to explore and investigate a specific area of research at the University of Exeter and create an artwork inspired by this enquiry.

The University’s research takes place in teams combining a wide variety of topics from the distant reaches of the universe, to conditions in our own localities or our own minds, bodies and societies.
What observations do artists want to share or swap with the research community at the university?
A list of the university’s interdisciplinary research themes can be found at:
31 March 2017 midnight – Deadline for submissions

Submissions of 2D works in any medium (except moving image) based on the exhibition’s theme are sought from artists working in the south west region.

Shortlisted artworks will be showcased at the University’s Streatham Campus 11th -18th June 2017.

One of the shortlisted works will receive an award of £500 chosen by the selection panel. This will be announced at the exhibition launch.

A visitors’ choice award of £200 for an artwork selected by visitors to the exhibition will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.

Outline Information

  • Artists may be emerging or professional
  • They must be 18+
  • Entrants must be living in the South West
  • There is an entry fee (non-refundable) of £8 (£5 students)
  • Each entrant may submit one piece of 2D work in any medium (excluding moving image)
  • All work submitted must be original and by the artist
  • Artwork submitted must reflect the exhibition title and relate to one of the University’s Research Themes as listed above
  • All work must be appropriately presented and able to be fixed with mirror plates
  • The maximum size of work is 90cm x 90cm including frame
  • The deadline for submission of work and payment is midnight on Friday 31st March 2017
  • Work selected for exhibition may be for sale but this is not a condition for entry
  • No commission will be charged by the University for sales

How to Enter

Entry is by on-line submission only at allowing artists to upload an image of their artwork for consideration by an invited panel of selectors. The system will also take entry payments.  Please note that you will be asked to register with the online system before you can enter your artwork.
Please visit he website for further information, terms & conditions:
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