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Cotton On Mcr open call


Cotton On MCR have announced they will be launching an open call exhibition for all Manchester based artists. (How to apply as well as full terms and conditions are at the footer of this post) Deadline to enter is midnight, Friday 26th March.

As part of the open call there is a ‘best piece’ competition which will be judged by the owner of one of Manchester’s most progressive and independent art gallery- Ian from Saul Hay Gallery alongside Ian Rayner- Smith, a contemporary expressionist painter, and Domino Panton-Oakley- the founder of Cotton On MCR and not forgetting our very own Liam Hopkins from Lazerian.


Cotton On MCR is a organisation who’s mission is to provide Manchester with a huge variety of new, engaging and exciting art events. They also bring a great mix of art workshops, talks, exhibitions, art fairs and more.

The aim of the open call is to not only promote Manchester’s amazing art scene, but to also contribute to it.  That is partly why Cotton On MCR are hosting their first, stand-alone art exhibition. This exhibition will feature a great mix of Manchester based artists, showcasing local talent from students, hobbyists and established artists alike. There will be over 30 different artists all showing a mix of 2D and 3D work, featuring a mixture of styles and something to suit everyone’s taste.

There is no theme for this open call, just that all artists submitting work must be living and/or working in Greater Manchester – so there really will be an eclectic mix of art work on show.

This exhibition will take place in the established Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester’s city centre from Friday 23rd April – Monday 3rd May 2021. Collaboratively the purpose of the exhibition is that Cotton on MCR want to show that art can be for everyone, and that galleries are open to all. Obviously some galleries and exhibitions can come across as elitist,  but with the purpose of this open call  this isn’t the case, and by showing work of local and mixed media artists, this exhibition will be a huge success. There will also be  a ‘best piece’ competition with a great panel of professional artists and curators on board that will be viewing and judging the work and giving their expert advice and opinion.

Domino Panton-Oakley (founder of Cotton On Mcr)

Portrait photo of a serious looking breaded man wearing a blue and white checked shirt. It is Liam Hopkins of Manchester design studio Lazerian

Liam Hopkins (Founder and director of Lazerian, and one of the judges for the Open Call)

Ian Rayner-Smith (Contemporary and Expressionist Artist and judge of the Open Call)

Catherine & Ian Hay (Directors and Curators of Saul Hay Gallery, hosts of the exhibition as well as judging the ‘best piece’ entries)


Fill in the application form that you can find the Cotton on Mcr website. The application will allow a maximum of 5 pieces of artwork to be submitted.

Upload images of work via the application form, no more than 5 photographs per artwork.


£15 for one piece of work, any additional work you wish to submit will be an added £5. Maximum amount being £35 (for 5 pieces of work).

30% commission will be taken from any sales made at the exhibition and from any online sales.


Midnight Friday 26th March.


  • Must be 18 and over.
  • All artists must be living and/or working in Manchester – please add your Manchester address to the form.
  • Must be available to drop off artwork on Wednesday 21st April between the hours of 10am – 1pm.
  • Unsuccessful applications must be available to collect their work on Thursday 22nd April between 3pm – 5pm.
  • Must have work available for full duration between Wednesday 21st April – Tuesday 4th May.
  • Please read full Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page.


Please send high quality images in JPEG format, you can send up to 5 images per artwork.


Only accepting 2D and 3D work. No video or sound media is accepted. Wall height and uploading restrictions apply.


23rd April – 3rd May.


  1. All work submitted must be solely produced by the artist in question.
  2. All work must be available for sale.
  3. Artwork containing nudity, generally violent and gruesome depictions may be classed as inappropriate and may and will be blurred or classed a ‘sensitive content’ on our social media.
  4. Applicants are responsible for providing their correct personal information for the organisers to contact them appropriately.
  5. Cotton On MCR does and will not have any copy right over submitted work.
  6. Cotton On MCR is not responsible for any fees relating to travel of person or work.
  7. All applicants agree to allow external communication of their artwork; not limited to publicity, press, website, social media, and any printed or digital material.
  8. The panels decision is final, and if we’re unable to contact any short-listed artist or winner via the contact information supplied by the entrant, Cotton On MCR and/or the panel are liable to choose alternative winners.
  9. Shortlisted artists and winners will be contacted directly. The names of the winner and shortlisted artists will be published on our social media publicity.
  10. All responsibility for delivery and collection of artworks and also for any art insurance, is the artists’ responsibility.
  11. Cotton On MCR has no liability in any art work damaged in transit or in the gallery premises.
  12. There will be no alternative prizes other than those already stated. If for any reasons the exhibition be partly or wholly cancelled outside of the organiser’s control, Cotton On MCR will offer an alternative date for the event.
  13. All entry submissions are final and entry fees are non-refundable. No compensation can be requested in any of the above cases.
  14. Cotton On MCR reserves the right to cancel this open call or alter these rules if it considers that it has good reason to do so.
  15. Applicants are responsible for accurately pricing, sizing, and describing their artwork.
  16. Any changes to the original details provided upon application must be notified in writing to Cotton On MCR.
  17. If the work delivered does not match he information and images provided Cotton On MCR has the right to withdraw the work from the exhibition, this can either be replaced by another piece of work by the artist or a new artist will take the place.