Open @ The OFS

Last edited by OldFireStation on 7 May 2024
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Wednesday, 22 May, 2024

OPEN @ The Old Fire Station

Hello, and welcome to our first-ever OPEN exhibition at the Old Fire Station. Spanning across the Upper and Lower Galleries, this Salon-style exhibition will aim to showcase a diverse and varied collection of work across painting, drawing, animation, filmmaking, sculpture, textiles and printmaking (to name just a few mediums!). We want to encourage artists from all stages of their careers to submit their work; there is no selection criteria or judging panel for this exhibition. We aim to elevate everyone’s creativity and share it with Oxford!

There is an admission fee to enter, and all applications are accepted and exhibited (if they meet the terms and conditions). All artworks are for sale, and we endeavour to keep prices affordable. A small percentage of artwork sales and the admission fee goes towards the work of the Old Fire Station. We are a charity, and these funds will help keep our galleries free and open to the public while supporting emerging artists.

Key dates:

Exhibition dates: 5 June – 28 July

Opening event: 6 June

Before you make your submission, please ensure that you can commit to the delivery and collection dates below:

Delivery dates for 2D & 3D works:

Sunday 26 May: 10 am – 3 pm

Tuesday 28 May: 10 am – 4 pm

Wednesday 29 May:, 10 am – 4 pm

Collection dates for 2D & 3D works:

Tuesday 29 July: 10 am – 4 pm

Wednesday 31 July: 10 am – 4 pm

Upon collecting your work, ID must be provided to gallery staff; if you have arranged for someone else to collect your work, please email, letting them know that your nominated person has permission to collect work on your behalf.

No postal entries are accepted.

All works must be delivered and collected on the specified dates above.

Due to a lack of storage on-site, we cannot temporarily store your work; please do not request this. No exceptions can be made. Uncollected works will be disposed of or donated.

Deadline for submissions

Wednesday, 22 May, using the online submission form:

If you need assistance with the online form or any other aspect of submitting your work, please contact A member of staff will also be available to assist on delivery days.

Submission information

No works containing food or perishable items can be submitted. We will endeavour to exhibit all the work submitted. However, if we cannot be due to space constraints, then we will exhibit at least One work by each entrant. As a public gallery that shares our space with the charity Crisis, we often have vulnerable people in our spaces. For this reason, works that have graphic violence, explicit, or upsetting themes, or works promoting drug or alcohol use cannot be shown in our galleries. If you have questions about whether we can show your work in the gallery, please get in touch with us at Work which the gallery judges to be inconsistent with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and at the Exhibition Manager’s discretion will not be exhibited.

2D & 3D artworks

Participants using 2D or 3D can submit up to three works in total.

2D artworks can be no larger than 800mm in width, length or depth (including frame).

3D work must be no larger than 800mm in width, length or depth (including plinth, if supplied). Artists submitting 3D works may also submit 2D work (all rules about 2D works still apply).

All works must be ready to hang directly onto nails or with wire or mirror plates (we cannot accept clip frames).

Works from an individual artist will not be hung together, and diptychs will be split up and count as a single work each.

After submitting the form, please email one high-quality image of each of the works to from the same email address that you enter on the form.

The image must be titled ‘Surname_First Name_Artwork Title’ and be JPG or PNG. JPGs should be in RGB mode. The image must not exceed 1200px X 1200px and no bigger than 3 MB. Please attach the image to the email and not embed it into the body.

Moving image

Only one moving image work can be submitted per individual. Participants submitting moving image work can submit up to two 2D & 3D artworks in addition.

Maximum duration for moving image works: 5 minutes, including credits etc.

Moving images must be .mp4 and high quality. They will be displayed as one show reel in the Upper Gallery.

Please don’t add a title page; we will create one for you.

Please subtitle your work to assist accessibility in our gallery.

After submitting the form, please send your video via WeTransfer, with the title ‘Surname_First Name_Artwork Title’, to

Selling your artwork

The Old Fire Station will add a commission of 20% + VAT; please do not add this yourself. For example, if your artwork is priced at £100, the Old Fire Station markup would be £20 (20 % of 100) and we would then add VAT to that price. The public price would be £124, and you would receive £100 of this income. All work must be for sale.

Need help figuring out how to price your work? ArtQuest has a great article that should give you some pointers!


The Old Fire Station is a company registered in England no. 7371445 and registered Charity no. 1140525. The fees cover the technical installation of the exhibition, invigilation, administration, and keeping the show free for visitors.

Submission fees must be paid at the time of your submission by credit or debit card. Please follow this link (https://arts-at-the-old-fire-station.sum...) to purchase your entry, using the same name and email as you used on the application form.

The Old Fire Station offers sliding-scale pricing for this opportunity. Please choose the option that best fits your circumstance.

Prices below are per artwork:

Pay Less: £10 per artwork

Standard: £15 per artwork

Support the OFS: £20 per artwork.

Video works: £10 to be included in show-reel

There are supported places available for Crisis members and supported artists at the Old Fire Station.

Hanging & installation of the exhibition

The gallery team will hang the show, and all decisions made by the team about placement of works are final. By submitting your work to this open call, you agree to allow the team at OFS to curate it.

The price list and exhibition labels are created from your submission form; therefore, please ensure you enter the correct information about your work/s.

The Old Fire Station will take professional care handling all artworks, submitting artists should be aware that occasional damage may occur. The Old Fire Station shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, deterioration or wear, including damage to frames.

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