Open Open 2017

29 July – 8 September, 2017

“I entered the Open Open to meet wonderful and amazing artists from all walks of life, be they hobbyists, professionals or just those who want to express and demonstrate emotions and ideas as well as imagination.” - Participant, 2016

The 2017 Open Open calls all artists, professional and amateur, from anywhere and any age, to bring along a piece of their artwork for exhibition. Recurring each year at Swiss Cottage Gallery, the Open Open provides a great opportunity for artists, professional and other, to show their work in a “salon style” exhibition.

Get the stories behind the artworks
Quiet Down There has been working throughout the exhibition to collect and share the stories of the artists and the artwork in this year's Open Open. The films shine a light on the journey and inspiration behind key works in the exhibition. Each week for the duration of the exhibition Love Camden will be posting videos sharing a different artist's story.

Week 1: Samora Mohamed

Week 2: Bill Aldrige 

Week 3: Judith Gayle

Week 4: Marina Portero

Week 5: Edward Wallace III

Full video. Directed and filmed by Esther Springett, Quiet Down There

2 September 2017, 2 – 4pm
Join Quiet Down There for a Speakers' Corner event, inviting all exhibiting artists to join in and give a three-minute presentation about their work in a fun and friendly event with a public audience. This is a drop-in event open to all ages. For more information please contact

Camden resident and fresh Media & Communications graduate Hattie Upton-Dance wrote a review about this show. Click here to read it! 

Click here for an overview of our gallery programme and archive!

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