Sussex Open Commission Award FAQs

What is the Sussex Open Commission Award?

The Sussex Open Commission Award, sponsored by Eastbourne Arts Circle, is a new initiative alongside the annual Sussex Open exhibition with an aim to support the creation of new artwork. The award is open across a wide range of forms including (but not limited to) film, painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

The selected proposal will receive an award of up to £1000 to develop their project which will then be presented as part of the Sussex Open exhibition. 

What is the deadline to apply for the Sussex Open Commission Award?

All applications must be received by end of day on Monday, 30 April 2018.

How do I apply ?

Our application process is via an online form (available here). If you have any access issues that make this method difficult, please email Alison.Bettles@townereastbourne.org.uk or call 01323 434670 and we will make alternative arrangements for you.

What will I need to supply?

How should I prepare my image files for uploading?

Please save images in either jpg/jpeg or png format, no larger than 2mb. Please ensure that each image includes your first and last names and title of the work in the filename, and that it is correctly orientated.

Can I submit hard copies of my application or images?

Sorry, no, we are only able to accept digital entries.

Am I able to submit a supporting portfolio of works?

Yes, you can submit a supporting portfolio of up to 5 existing works via the online application form.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes you need to be over the age of 18 to enter.

I live outside Sussex. Can I still apply?

We welcome applications from any artists working or living within East and West Sussex.

Can I enter both Sussex Open 2018 and the Sussex Open Commission Award?

Yes, it is fine to make submissions for both opportunities

Is there a charge to apply?

We charge a non-refundable £5 fee to cover administration costs.

How do I pay for my submission?

You will find payment fields in the online application form that you can use to pay with any debit or credit card. The payment is processed securely using Stripe and Towner will not receive any of your card details at any stage.

I am not a professional artist, can I still apply?

We welcome entries from anyone – work will not be chosen on the basis of the artist’s professional status.

I create work as part of a team or collective, can we enter work under our collective name?

You are welcome to submit works on behalf of a team or collective, please ensure you include all names of artists in the space provided on the application form.

When will I know if I have been successful?

You will receive an email from us on or before Friday 1 June informing you whether your application has been successful.

Can I receive feedback if I’m not successful?

Sadly, due to the large number of entries it is not possible for us to provide personalised feedback for applicants.

Will late entries be accepted?

Sorry, no late submissions will be accepted.


Please note that the Selector’s decision is final. The organisers cannot enter into correspondence or discussion over their decisions.

For any enquiries please email Alison.bettles@townereastbourne.org.uk