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Collect Open 2020


Applications for Collect Open 2020 are now open, deadline Friday 28 June 2019

In 2020 Collect will be moving to its new London home Somerset House. With growth in the fair and the opportunity to host Collect in stunning surroundings, Somerset House offers a particularly exciting new venue for the fair. 

Collect Open offers a unique opportunity to individual artists or collaborations to exhibit alongside world-class galleries at Collect.

Collect Open (previously the Project Space) was conceived by the Crafts Council in 2011 for makers to showcase exciting bodies of work. Since then, Collect Open has built a reputation as the home of some of the biggest and boldest installations exhibited at Collect.

The Collect Open platform was created for artists to represent themselves through an original body of work made specifically for the fair. It shines a light on individual makers and collaborations, providing them with a platform to break free from the usual constraints of their practice and creatively experiment.

The programme provides artists the opportunity to present exceptional works to high-profile collectors, curators, journalists and other UK and international sector professionals in the premium environment of the Collect fair.

Now in it’s eight year Collect Open has established itself as a valuable thought-provoking element of Collect. Offering visitors a welcoming space where they can meet with the selected artists, discover ambitious ideas and hear the evolution of the works on show.

Many makers attribute being selected for Collect Open as a turning point in their careers. Previous makers have found gallery representation, earned commissions, connected with curators and buyers, and generated collaboration opportunities.

Click here to download the Collect Open application guidance pack

The Crafts Council is running a Collect Open application advice session on 24 May 2019. Click here to book your place

If you have any questions about applying to Collect Open please email

Testimonials from Collect Open 2019

‘Exhibiting at Collect Open has lifted my professional practice into a new level. I feel my work is now being taken a little more seriously and has gained more legitimacy by being exhibited in the context of Collect and at the Saatchi Gallery.’ - Mary O’Malley

‘Fantastic footfall from a clearly interested audience’ - Stefano Santilli

‘The opportunity to show my work in an elevated context and the knowledge that the exact audience I am hoping to connect with will see it. Talking with curators from public collections and seeing that my work can hold it’s own against such a high standard.’ - George Winks, Temper Studio

‘Exhibiting and having conversations make possible by our new work in that context’ - David Clarke and Tracey Rowledge

Find out more:


Friday 7 June, 2019
Friday 28 June, 2019
Somerset House
Venue Address
Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK

London, , London

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