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Open Call for Artists


The Gallery exhibits contemporary art in public space to stimulate debate about the important questions of our time.

Continuing this mission, we invite artists from around the world to respond to the theme:

No But Where Are You Really From? 

We live in a globalised world of international travel and mass migration. Over the centuries, peoples, animals, plants and pathogens have continuously crisscrossed the Earth’s oceans and continents. So, what part does place still play in identity?

The Gallery’s Season 3 theme encourages artists to ask timely questions about origin, inclusivity, belonging, transition and exchange. The theme also invites artists to consider what it feels like to be excluded or denied on the one hand, and accepted and embraced on the other.

“I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked where I’m really from, so I know first-hand how relevant this season’s theme still is today.
Bakul Pakti, Guest Curator, The Gallery

The 10 selected proposals will be reproduced at scale and displayed for millions to see in public sites traditionally reserved for advertising across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This is an opportunity for artistic exposure on a grand scale and to be part of the national debate.

Founded in 2022, The Gallery exhibits on street billboards, digital screens, bus shelters and cinemas. To date the artworks have been seen over 120 million times by people across the UK.

Produced by Artichoke and conceived in collaboration with Creative Director and public artist Martin Firrell, this major project is supported by the Out-of-Home* industry. 

*The term Out-of-Home refers to any visual advertising media found outside of the home, including on-street billboards, digital screens, bus-shelters and train stations.

Bus shelter with 'no but where are you really from? open call' written in capitals across the artwork sheet. People are seen in the distance.

23:59 BST, Sunday 23 April 2023

Please download and read the Open Call Information Pack below before you complete the online application form. This pack includes:

  • Guidance about preparing and uploading your submission
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Frequently asked questions

Open Call Information Pack (PDF)

Welsh Translation (Pecyn Gwybodaeth) PDF

Welsh Translation (Pecyn Gwybodaeth) Plain Text Document

Open Call Information Pack (Plain Text Document)

Open Call Information Pack (Large Print – Word Document)


Applications are now closed

If you are unable to apply online, the application form is also available to download below as a Word Document. If you do so, please send your form to us via email:

You can also print and post your form to the following address:
Artichoke Trust 28
Commercial Street
E1 6AB

Your postal application needs to reach us on or before the deadline date: 23:59 BST, Sunday 23 April 2023

Application Form (Word Document) – Please use only if you are not able to apply online via the button above

Ffurflen Gais (Word Document) – Defnyddiwch dim ond os na allwch wneud cais ar-lein drwy’r botwm uchod

Getting help to apply:

We are very happy to answer any questions. Please get in touch if you need:

  • Any help with completing your application
  • This information in a different format
  • To apply in a different format

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Mon – Fri, 10:00 -18:00

+44 20 7650 7611
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