Beers Call for Art Summer Marathon 2020

When : July 2020
Where : London, UK
Application Deadline : 4 November 2019
Application Fee : 10bp
Stipend : none

Formerly the Contemporary Visions annual group exhibition, the annual open call (now in its 10th year) has merged to encompass the highly successful SUMMER MARATHON*, which debuted at the gallery in 2019 to outstanding reception. The inaugural summer marathon presented a revitalized approach to the traditional ‘group show’ format, presenting international artists in back-to-back solo exhibitions (in lieu of one group show) during the summer period. Through this unconventional approach, each of the exhibiting artists was able to fulfill their vision and stage a complete solo exhibition for a one-week period. Many works were sold to both private and public collections, Florence Hutchings had a sell-out exhibition and Jan Sebastian Koch whose first-ever solo show was a near sell-out.

The BEERS London Annual Open intends to explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary art across all artistic disciplines. Artists anywhere in the world are invited to submit an application for consideration, and applicants will be vetted by a jury of artistic professionals, and selected artists will exhibit in a one-week solo exhibition at Beers London gallery in the heart of East London’s vibrant art community during the 2020 SUMMER MARATHON. That’s right: at least 6 artists will be selected to present week-long solo exhibitions over the summer of 2020.

In the past, applicants and exhibitors have gone on to solo-exhibitions or inclusions in art-fairs with BEERS London; inclusion in gallery Director Kurt Beers’ various publications like 100 Painters of Tomorrow / 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow; placement in public or private collections; representation by Beers London or other galleries; and countless opportunities with other galleries. Last year alone, Milo Matthieu and Marion Fink were discovered through the open call and are now represented by Beers London.


Artists working anywhere in the world, at any stage of their career are invited to apply.


8 July to 23 August 2020 and the Summer Marathon will include an opening preview on Wednesday 8 July and a closing preview on Wednesday 19 August 2020. For each of the other weeks we will have a casual reception each Saturday from 2-4pm with the exception of the first exhibition and the last.

*Dates are subject to slight change.

Wednesday 8 July to Sunday
Wednesday 15 July to Sunday
Wednesday 22 July to Sunday
Wednesday 5 August to Sunday
Wednesday 12 August to Sunday
Wednesday 19 August to Sunday to August 23


· All media is accepted. Including painting, photography, sculpture, video (see below), and all two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, new-media and any non-traditional media. We recommend that you do not apply with work that is dated prior to 2018.

· Submit up to 4 JPEGS of different works. Please label as: title_media_sizeincm_year.jpg

· Filenames must be no longer than 140 characters

· Maximum file size is 3MB per image


Artists working in video or time-based media can submit up to 4 video links, accompanied by video stills.

· Upload videos to a password-free hosting site such as Vimeo or Youtube. Due to the amount of submissions, videos protected by passwords cannot be viewed.

· Videos should be no longer than 1 minute in length. Artists of interest may be contacted to submit videos of a longer runtime.


There are no restrictions to the dimension of exhibited works apart from a gallery ceiling height of 2.75m.

Work should be available for sale during the exhibition dates.


The deadline is on Monday 4 November, 2019 until midnight (GMT+1)


There is a processing fee of £10 to submit – payable directly from the site by credit/debit card or Paypal.


Results will be posted online and sent to the emails provided by each applicant. However, in many instances pertinent information is overlooked or redirected to applicants’ spam filters, so we recommend checking the BEERS site for updates. We kindly ask that you refrain from emailing the gallery as updates will be posted to our website as decisions progress.


Submit all information directly to the online application system, using a laptop or desktop computer (the system does not currently work on mobile).

Applications sent via post or email will not be considered.


Kurt Beers
Director of BEERS London & Author of ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ & ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’
London (UK)

Hector Campbell
Art Historian, Writer & Curator
London, UK

Florence Hutchings
London, UK

Edwin Oostmeijer
Real Estate Developer & Art Collector
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dylan Turk
Founder & Curator, KIN and Special Projects Editor, Architecture & Design, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas

Marina Vranopoulou
Gallery Director and Curator
Athens, Greece


If you encounter any issues with the application process, please contact:

For general enquiries contact:

Thank you in advance for your application and we wish you the best of luck!