Open Call – Botanicals Exhibition


Botanicals will be a group exhibition featuring art work relating to a botanical theme. The theme can be interpreted however you wish, and does not need to be overtly botanical. Work can be in any medium, either 2D or sculptural. The exhibition will not include any video or audio works.

We are looking for high quality work to form a stylised exhibition with an exhibition catalogue to accompany it. The exhibition will take place in the newly refurbished North Gallery at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield for three weeks in July 2019.

Artists from all backgrounds are invited to submit one piece of work (or a set of pieces which amount to one work, e.g. a triptych). It is free to submit, with only those artists who are successful paying a £30 entry fee, and this includes a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

Work must be complete at the time of submission. Work can be offered for sale during the exhibition, and we will charge 10% commission.

The deadline for submissions is 10pm on Sunday 14th April and successful artists will be notified by email by Sunday 28th April.

If successful, you will be invited to send or deliver your work to Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, UK, where Fronteer is based. Your work must reach us by no later than Friday 14th June. If you wish to bring your work in person you can do so on 2nd or 3rd July, 11am-4pm.

The £30 entry fee for successful artists can be paid via Paypal or bank transfer by Friday 14th June (midnight). You can also pay in cash in person on 2nd or 3rd July 11am-4pm.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 6th* – Sat 27th July, 11-4 daily (except Sundays), with a related programme of events taking place throughout.

*Please note that this date has been changed from Monday 8th, which had previously been given as the first day open to the public.


How to Submit

Artists are invited to submit ONE piece of work.

Work can be 2D or 3D, though unfortunately we cannot accept video or audio works. Works which require hanging must be ready to hang with mirror plates or picture wire already attached.

If successful your work will be featured in an exhibition catalogue. As such, we are require the photographs which accompany your submission to sent as jpegs at 300 dpi, and images should be between 1mb and 3mb.

Please submit by email to along with the following:

  • Your name
  • Title of the piece
  • Medium
  • Dimensions of the piece
  • Up to 3 300dpi images of your piece
  • If your work will be offered for sale, and if so, what price.
  • Up to 50 words about the work, written in the third person (this text will be included in the catalogue if you are successful)
  • Up to 50 words about yourself, written in the third person (this text will be included in the catalogue if you are successful)

All work must be complete at the time of submission. Any work which varies from the original piece submitted will be rejected. It is important that images submitted should fit the specifications outlined. If you enter more than one submission, all of your entries will be rejected. If you wish to submit a print, it will be your responsibility to print it off before posting it to us.

Thank you and good luck!


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Many thanks,

Sharon & Michael



We are delighted to announce that the exhibition is sponsored by award winning floral designer Campbell’s Flowers, based at Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Campbell's Logo cropped


Looking at 2018

2018 has been a fantastic year for Fronteer! We devised and curated two open call group exhibitions; ‘Wonderer’ at Platforms Project in Athens in May, and ‘The Fronteer Open’ at 35 Chapel Walk in Sheffield in November.

We now feel firmly established as an arts initiative striving to provide creative opportunities both in and out of Sheffield, and are already looking forward to the open call opportunities we are set to deliver in 2019. (Watch this space!)

We would like to thank everyone we have worked with and met over the last 12 months, including artists, arts organisations, and indeed our audience. We couldn’t have done it with out you all.

Happy New Year and we looking forward to seeing you again in 2019!

Looking at The Fronteer Open 2018

Sadly The Fronteer Open 2018 has come to an end, but we hope to be back again next year with slightly amended plans and bigger prizes. Here’s a bit more information about the exhibition and how it all went.


We had around 550 visitors come through the exhibition, including around 100 visitors to the Private View. If you didn’t make it along to the Awards Evening, and you haven’t yet seen it on social media, our winning artists are:

Professional Winner: Caroline Greyling, One Second in Covent Garden

Amateur Winner: Susan Wright, Contours 2

Student Winner: Charlie Ottaway, Fish and Chips, By the Sea

People’s Choice Winner: Philip Lee, We Are All Wanderers

We were so impressed with the standard of work throughout the exhibition, and we hope that you all consider yourselves as winners for getting into the exhibition out of the more than 120 entries we received.

The feedback has been fantastic, with many visitors coming specially to see the exhibition. Everyone we have spoken to has said that the exhibition was excellent, the standard of work was really high, and the diversity of the work meant that there was something for everyone, so very well done to you all, and thank you for being involved.

We received more than 150 votes in the People’s Choice Award, and people really engaged with the exhibition when they decided to vote. The voting was spread pretty evenly across the exhibition, with every piece of work in the exhibition receiving at least one vote.

For a comprehensive collection of photos, take a look at our Facebook page:

We cannot wait to deliver more open call opportunities next year!

The Fronteer Open – Highlights and Upcoming Events

Last Tuesday saw the opening of The Fronteer Open 2018 – an exhibition and arts prize consisting of over 60 artists from around the world, here in the heart of Sheffield.


The evening was very well attended with around 100 visitors, and we’ve had a further few hundred visitors since the opening. The exhibition has so far been very well received, with the public chiefly praising the high standard of the work – and we have all all our successful artists to thanks for that!

We will continually add images and posts about the exhibition to our Fronteer Facebook page, along with our Twitter and Instagram pages. So be sure to follow us and look out for those.

The exhibition remains open from 11-4 daily up until 2nd December, and we also have an upcoming awards evening that we’d like to invite everyone to:

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Join us for the Fronteer Open Awards Evening on Friday 30th November. This event will offer the last chance to cast your vote in the People’s Choice award, and will see us hand out the awards for each category. We will also stage a talk and you will have another opportunity to see the exhibition and meet some of the artists involved. The event is fee and open to all.