Artist Erin Ledsom, pictured with her artwork at last year's Open Exhibition, is one of the artists encouraging others to get involved in this year's competition.

Video: Artists encourage others to enter Ferens Open Exhibition

With applications now being accepted for the 2022 Ferens Open Exhibition, two artists have explained why the event is so special and encouraged others to take part.

The annual Ferens Open Exhibition is one of the highlights of the Ferens calendar, offering a platform to both seasoned exhibitors and artists looking to show their work for the very first time.

Erin Ledsom and Hannah Billingham have both exhibited at the open.

Hannah, who first exhibited in 2019, is an internationally recognised and award-winning ceramic artist.

Erin is a hand embroidery artist from Hull who had her work showcased in the open for the first time last year.

Works for this year’s open will be selected by a panel of specialist judges from the arts sector in November. This year the selectors will be Sabine Bieli, Visual Artist, Dr Rosy Gray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norfolk and Andy Train, Pride in Hull Co Vice-Chair / Creative Director.

The chosen artworks will be on display from Saturday 19 February until Monday 2 May 2022 at the Ferens Art Gallery. Successful artists will be eligible to win cash prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens, and BSB Architecture.

This year the Gallery has organised free 30 minute workshops for artists to book onto if they are unsure how to submit their work online, photograph their artwork, or even set up an email address. Full details of these can be found here.

For full terms and conditions and more information on submitting artwork visit

Hull Central Library