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Chameleon: Contemporary Colour Exhibition

Call for Submissions

At Surface Gallery this Autumn, artists are invited to explore colour in art today.

A broad subject matter, there is much more to colour than hue, saturation and luminosity. Colour can become a form of language, helping people throughout history express their joys, feelings and pleasures. Inspiration taken by artists from the surrounding world has allowed us to redefine our use of colour in a constantly changing culture. Edvard Munch remarked of The Scream: "I sense a scream passing through nature. I painted... the clouds as actual blood. The colour shrieked."

Chameleon will examine the sheer diversity of the way colour is used in contemporary art practice. All artwork that explores colour will be considered; any theme and any genre, including portraiture, landscapes and abstraction is welcome. Artworks that examine different methods of presentation are encouraged. We are looking for innovative and critically informed work, as well as technical skill. The show will be held in Surface Gallery's main exhibition space.

This exhibition marks twenty years of Surface Gallery. Over the years the gallery has displayed hundreds of exhibitions and supported thousands of artists, helping to develop creative careers for artists and it’s dedicated team of volunteers alike.


One exhibitor will be awarded a solo show in Surface Gallery’s main exhibition space. This will be an opportunity for the selected artist to showcase new work in a contemporary art gallery. The winner of the prize will be chosen by a selection panel.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight Friday 6th September 2019

Application packs can be downloaded here:

Chameleon 2019 Application Form
Chameleon Terms & Conditions

Each artist can submit one artwork for £10, three for £15 and six for £25. Submission fees can be sent using the button below:


Successful artists for this juried open will be notified by Monday 9th September 2019

Exhibition Dates: 5th - 19th October 2019


Street Art Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

Graffiti / Alternative/ Illustration / Paste‐Up / Graphics / Yarn Bombing / Sticker Tagging / Print / Lightbombing / Etc.

The Street Art Festival at Surface Gallery celebrates and supports Nottingham’s thriving alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local, national, and international street art.

Up to six pieces can be submitted per person and all work will be hung salon style, packed from floor to ceiling. All submissions will be displayed as long as you can get them through the door. But please keep it on theme: keep it street; keep it urban.

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday 15th June 17:00

Submissions can be delivered to the gallery on the delivery dates with a completed application form and small entry fee. Application packs can be downloaded by clicking on the following link Street Art Festival Application Pack or paper copies can be picked up from the gallery during opening hours.


  • £25 Montana voucher

  • £25 Bonington voucher

  • £25 London Camera Exchange voucher

  • £25 Knit Nottingham voucher

  • £25 Mimm voucher

  • Solo exhibition in Surface Gallery’s alternative artspace: Le Loovre

  • Hung Up Prize

Prizes will be awarded at the launch party. The judges will be Dilk, internationally acclaimed street artist, Claire Dunn (aka Nob Cheddar on Toast), two-times Street Art Festival prizewinner, and Rob Jackson, winner of last year’s Hung Up prize. The prizes will be announced by MC Jason Loftus.

LAUNCH PARTY: Friday 28th June 18.00 to 22:00

With DJ set from Stiff Kittens and some authentic Caribbean street food from the awesome Dumplin Shack


East Midlands Graduate Project: EM19: Call for Submissions

Surface Gallery is now accepting submissions for our eleventh East Midlands Graduate Project: EM19: Nottingham’s only graduate residency. This opportunity supports Fine Art graduates from across the region by offering a free residency and exhibition in an independent contemporary art space to kick-start the transition from university to professional art world.

Eight artists will be selected to produce a new body of work for the subsequent exhibition. The residency will take place in our open-plan Project Space, enabling the artists to interact and develop their practice in a stimulating and mutually supportive environment. There will be in-house critical feedback, and several opportunities for formal critique sessions with established artists and curators, including internationally acclaimed artist Wolfgang Buttress.  

The residency will culminate in a two-week exhibition in the Main Gallery. The artists will work with our Project Team, and will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of event management, such as flyer design and copywriting. The final stage in this collective project will see the artists bring together their diverse creative practices in the curation of their exhibition. Successful candidates will also plan and lead their own workshops on each Saturday of the residency when there will be an open studios event.

Following the shortlisting process, candidates will be invited for interview. We will be looking for artists whose work is already strong and ambitious, and demonstrates the potential for continued development. EM19 is open to practitioners of all disciplines, and applications are welcome from all recent BA and MA Fine Art graduates from East Midlands universities, and graduates now resident in the region who studied elsewhere.   

Resident artists will have twenty-four hour access during the four-week residency, wifi access, and use of the kitchen area.

Application packs can be downloaded here

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 5th August, midnight

No Application Fee

Residency: 30th September - 27th October
Exhibition: 1st - 16th November