Open Art Exhibition

Be part of the festival

The Open Art Exhibition is a display of your artwork, from paintings to pottery. The theme for 2022 is... no theme! We wanted to give all artists the chance to let their creativity go wild.

Work will be judged on artistic quality and appeal. Let your imagination soar without restriction and submit your best work. We’re excited to see what will be created this year.

The exhibition will take place in the Bridlington Spa Gallery from Tuesday 1 November to Sunday 6 November. Visitors will be able to view the exhibition for free during the festival.

How to enter

The Open Art Exhibition is open for entries! All art abilities are welcome. Send us your best work. You can enter online in four easy steps. Make sure to submit your entry by Friday 30 September 2022 by 11:59pm.

  1. Pay your entry fee of £5.50 per artwork (you can submit up to three) online via the Brid Spa website.
  2. Complete the online purchase and wait for your payment confirmation email which will give you a booking reference number. You will need this to submit your entry details.
  3. Email all the details below to
  4. A confirmation email will then be sent to you within seven working days, letting you know we have received your entry. If you have not received a confirmation email after seven working days please contact the Spa team on 01262 678258.

Please make sure you have all of these details for your entry:

  • Full name
  • Contact number
  • Address
  • Title of Your Artwork
  • Size of your artwork
  • Medium used to create the piece
  • Price of the artwork (if it is to be sold)
  • One, high resolution, photograph of your artwork – this will also be used for the online gallery even if you are not selected for the live exhibition
  • A short description of your artwork for the judges to look at, such as: What does the piece represents? What inspired you to create it?
  • Your booking reference number from the entry payment (if you bought more than one entry on the same booking reference, include the same number on each email)

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If successful you will be contacted by Friday, October 7 and discuss the delivery of your artwork to the exhibition venue. The panel’s decision is final.

Can I enter in person? No, sadly we are only accepting entries online. If you need assistance in submitting your entry please contact the Spa team on 01262 678258 who will liaise with the ArtWaves team.

Frequently-asked Questions

If you have a question and it has not been answered below, please get in touch.

Who are the judges for this year's competition?

Our 2022 judging line up will be released in due course.

What are the judging criteria?

Artworks will be judged on their artistic quality and appeal. Our panel of judges will be looking for:

  • how well does it link to what it represents
  • how well has the idea been executed
  • how well did the piece evoke interest/excitement/emotion/intrigue/reaction.

Will members of the public be able to vote for their favourite artwork?

Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite piece in two ways, by visiting the exhibition and voting in person or by voting in our online gallery (to be launched in October 2022). The results will be announced at the end of the festival.

Are there Prizes?

There will be cash prizes for the four main categories. There will also be a number of smaller categories with prizes from our sponsors.

  • Judges Overall Choice: £250
  • Judges Runner Up: £50
  • Audience Choice: £150
  • Online Vote: £50

What types of artwork is accepted?

All types of visual art can be entered. This includes 2D such as canvas-based art, photographs (which must be framed) and 3D work such as ceramics. You must include all dimensions in your entry. Artwork can be any size, however, be aware there is limited space in the Spa Gallery, so please consider this when submitting larger pieces of work.

Can I sell my work in the exhibition, if selected?

If your work is selected and exhibited and sold, it will be subject to a 22% Plus VAT commission fee to The Spa Gallery. Please factor this in when pricing your artwork for sale.

Will I be given any feedback?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer feedback to artists due to the volume of entries we receive.

If my work is not chosen, can I appeal?

No, the decision of the panel is final.

Do I need to be a resident in East Yorkshire to enter?

No, we encourage artists from anywhere to enter into the exhibition.

Does the photograph of my work for the submission have to include a frame?

This is your decision, the images will be uploaded onto our online gallery for the digital vote so we want you to send the very best image you can.

Is there a minimum/maximum file size for my submission photo?

Please ensure that your photograph opens and is high resolution so we can view it properly.

What pieces are included in the online exhibition?

Unless stated by yourself we will include all of our submissions on the online exhibition for public vote.

If my piece is selected what happens next?

We will send you further information on what you need to do from here, including procedures for dropping your artwork off and collecting.

Details I sent with my submission have changed (such as cost, contact number), what can I do?

Just email or call us and we will change the details on your application. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

There were a lot of votes for certain pieces and not others on the online voting, are you going to do anything about this?

Online voting (especially on Facebook) is very hard to control however, we are looking into measures to ensure voting is fair online. The purpose of the online galleries is really to raise awareness of the exhibition and the overall festival. We have had pieces sold online before they have even made it to the exhibition, so there are many benefits to posting the gallery online.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries to the Open Art Exhibition can be made online or in person following the directions above.
  • Entry is £5 per artwork, with a maximum of three entries per artist.
  • The Open Art Exhibition is open for entries from Monday, 8 August 2022 to Friday, 30 September 2022. Artists whose entries have been chosen for display will be notified by Friday, 7 October 2022.
  • There will be four cash prizes for the main categories chosen by judges and public vote. There will be further prizes available for categories run by sponsors. The requirements for these categories are chosen by the sponsor. Details of all prizes can be found above.
  • The Open Art Exhibition 2022 is open to all. There are no restrictions. However, the artwork must be delivered and picked up from the Spa Gallery by the artist (or a nominated person).
  • Any works selected for the Open Exhibition and subsequently sold during the exhibition, will attract a commission fee of 22% plus VAT plus any credit or debit card payment tax at 3% of applicable (meaning if the customer pays by card the artist must pay the 3%) All sales must be made through The Spa Box Office.
  • All work must be framed and strung by the artist ready for hanging by staff at The Spa Gallery.
  • The work is displayed at the artist’s own risk and whilst every care will be taken, Bridlington Spa cannot be liable for any loss or damage to your work. Please ensure you have any necessary insurance in place.
  • By entering your work you agree for it to be put forward for selection by a panel and if selected, exhibited for the ArtWaves 2022 Festival. Artwork will also be uploaded onto our online gallery for a digital vote, any objections should be submitted with the application. You also agree to ensure that all work submitted is original and owned by you. Copies of other artists’ work will not be accepted.
  • Copyright of artwork and images of artwork remains with the artist, but the organisers of ArtWaves reserve the right to publish the images online or in print for the purpose of marketing of the festival and future associated events.
  • Artists selected for the exhibition and artists who are presented with a prize will be asked to be involved with press and marketing for promotion of the festival and future associated events. This may include photographs and quotes. Artists will be asked to give consent before these are used.
  • If selected you will be responsible for delivering your work to The Spa between 24th October to 30 October and collecting straight after the event unless agreed with the festival manager in advance.
  • Accepted works cannot be removed before the end of the exhibition and if sold, buyers will need to collect after the festival or arrange collection with the artist. Should you have any questions or any problems with any of the above, please feel free to contact us at: or call The Spa team on 01262 678258.