Birmingham Creates: The Open

Colmore Business District in partnership with Central Business District are holding their inaugural open art competition, searching for the most exciting, undiscovered artwork of 2024 from emerging artists across the Birmingham area. If selected artists could have their work included in our outdoor print exhibition in Birmingham.

Not only that, but the first prize winner will win £2000 cash plus a portfolio review.

The Birmingham Creates Open call has now closed.


The Birmingham Creates Open is a competition for all printable forms of artwork. It aims to give a platform to talented emerging artists who are producing exceptional work. Artworks do not need to be produced specifically for this exhibition; it is entirely optional for the artists to draw from their existing portfolio or create new work. The artwork must be:

  • Two dimensional, suitable for reproduction in print for the outdoor exhibition
  • In any two dimensional medium, including photography
  • Not created using generative AI
  • Created within the last two years
  • Original work
  • Submitted in a high res digital format (JPG or PNG at least 1Mb in size)


Submissions for the Birmingham Creates: The Open call were open until midnight 5 May 2024. The opportunity to submit work has now passed.

The Birmingham Creates: The Open will culminate with a physical outdoor group exhibition in Birmingham city centre in 2024.


The Birmingham Creates: The Open is open to artists working in a printable format. This includes painting, photography, collage, illustration, and many others. The call was open to artists who are:

  • Working and/or resident in the Birmingham area
  • In the emerging stage of their career as a practicing artist
  • Over 18 years of age


The deadline to submit work has now passed.


Overall Winner:  £2000 cash plus a portfolio review

Highly Commended:  £1000 cash plus a portfolio review

People’s Award:  £1000 cash plus a portfolio review

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