Your Invite to the Opening Event for “Facing Hard Times” International Open Art Exhibition

I am cordially inviting you to the very special opening event for the ‘Facing Hard Times’ International Open Exhibition on Saturday 1st October (2pm-7pm – pop in any time) at the Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, Kings Lynn, PE30 5BZ, UK (opposite the Greyfriars Tower).

Why not join myself (co-organiser), curator Joa Manninen and digital artist Andy Stringer this coming Saturday for one of the most important and strikingly relevant open art exhibitions West Norfolk has ever held.

Sample our wine, alcoholic punch or soft drinks, together with a selection of food, as you peruse outstanding works from some of the most powerful and cutting-edge international artists practising today. Paint, Print, photography, Video installations and mixed-media works combine to give a snapshot of the world in economic crisis, with pain, humour, pathos, and anger expressed in equal measures.

During this special opening event (with possibly an odd surprise happening throughout the day!) we will announce the winners of OOTB Artist of the Year and OOTB Best Emerging Talent of the Year cash prizes (announced around 2.30pm), and give you the chance to meet some of the artists themselves.

The gallery doors will be open from 2pm-7pm on Saturday, and we would love to see you any time during that day.

The exhibition will continue at Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn from Monday 3 – Sat 15 October 2011.

Further information here.


Phil Barrington

Extended Deadline! – Final day to receive your entry form is now Mon 12th Sept!

Extended Deadline – Final day to receive your entry forms is now Monday 12th September

This is it folks – The ONLY extension to our deadline, due to demand from many artists now returning from their holidays! – so this is your very FINAL chance to enter this great international exhibition.


The Facing Hard Times International Open Exhibition strives to promote the appreciation of cutting-edge contemporary art, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce artists from around the globe to the artistic community of East Anglia, England. Winning… 2D artworks (in any medium from paint to photography and beyond!) from this competition will be exhibited in a high-profile contemporary art ga…llery in East Anglia – for commission free sales! – and promoted internationally by the Out-of-the-Box (OOTB) Independent Curators.

The Concept for this year’s Competition; “Owing to the current economic climate, more and more people are struggling with tax increases, and the rising cost of fuel and food. Some have lost their jobs and many struggle to find work. The saying goes that ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ but, controversially, the lack of it affects every aspect of our lives.”

The absolute FINAL day to receive your entry forms is now; Monday 12th September.

Entry form here;

‘Facing Hard Times’ International Open Exhibition – Last Days to Enter!

Facing Hard Times – An International Open Exhibition

Only a few days left to enter so, if you haven’t already sent us your entry forms, its time to do so now!!

The deadline to receive your entry forms is close-of-play on Thursday 8th September 2011.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of an International Open Exhibition for contemporary art; ‘Facing Hard Times’. Entry Form downloadable here.

Curated by Out-of-the-Box Independent Curators, this exciting international open art exhibition is to be held at Greyfriars Art Space in Norfolk, England for two weeks in October 2011.

Led by curator Joa Manninen and artist Phil Barrington, OOTB Curators are looking for recent 2D works by artists in any medium, who particularly engage with social or economic issues; the broad concept of the exhibition is the impact of recent global economic crises on all our lives.

The resulting exhibition will also include the juried Best of Show Prize of £200.00 plus international publicity, a Best Emerging Artist Prize and all successful entrants have NO COMMISSION on any sales made of their work.

A very memorable Opening Event is also planned for the exhibition!

The exhibition will take place at Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn from Saturday 1 – Sat 15 October 2011.

OOTB Exhibition Fact #1;Did you know that all of your selected works can be sold for NO COMMISSION throughout the entire run of the exhibition?

OOTB Exhibition Fact #2;Did you know that we will accept ANY kind of 2D artwork for entry in our competition? Whether it be textiles, prints, paint, photography, even projected film! Whatever, as long as it can appear flat on our gallery walls, we’ll consider its entry.

OOTB Exhibition Fact #3;Did you know that you do NOT have to pay postage & packaging for us to send your works back to you, if your work is accepted? If you are happy for us to safely store your work for a possible future ‘best of OOTB’ show, just let us know when you submit your form, or personally collect the work from us if you are local to the gallery area.”

For more information, please see Page 2 of the entry form available here.




Phil x

Phil Barrington

[Observer & Note-Taker]





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