News: Waterside Open – call for entries

Waterside Open – National Exhibiting Opportunity

Exhibition runs Friday 15 March to Saturday 19 May 2018

The Waterside Open returns for the sixth time. This national exhibiting opportunity will showcase a wide range of high quality and contemporary art, craft and design from established and emerging artists, designers and makers from the North West and across the UK.

Call for entries

Work can be submitted in any medium except live art. Accepted submissions include 2D and 3D visual arts, design, textiles, crafts, furniture, photography, print making, installation, sculpture and digital media.

Entry forms will be available from 1st December 2017 at and

Prizes and awards

Prizes will be awarded at the special preview event on Thursday 08 March 18.30 to 20.30. There will be £1850 worth of prizes, plus visitors can vote for Visitors Choice Award. There will also be a group exhibition for the 2018 winners at the Waterside in 2019.


  • Best in Trafford £500
  • Judges 1st prize £600
  • Judges 2nd prize £300
  • Judges 3rd prize £150
  • Visitors Choice Award £300

Submission dates: Friday 23 February 16.30 to 19.00, Saturday 24 February 10.00 to 16.00

Entry fee £10 per work (maximum 3 entries)

Selection and award panel:

  • Jason Lock, photographer
  • Kelda Savage, curator and cultural programme manager