21st National Open Art Exhibition

Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London | 17 – 26 November 2017

FREE ADMISSION Open daily 11am - 6pm (Closes 3pm 17 & 23 Nov)


National Open Art presents a free exhibition of this year's most exciting contemporary art, photography and short film from British and Irish artists, alongside a programme of unmissable events and collaborations with celebrated artists.


This is a one of a kind exhibition experience for art lovers, artists and children alike.


All events held by our charity, including the National Open Art Prize and exhibitions, are primarily to raise funds for the charity to enable it to fulfil its aims and objectives.


Entry is free, so drop in and enjoy one of the highlights of this year's exhibition calendar. Click here for details of how to get to the exhibition or read on for more information about the wonderful array of exhibits and creative experiences on offer. (2 min read)



Highlights of this free ten-day exhibition event include:


# Groundbreaking new artwork from the winners and shortlisted entrants of NOA's 21st National Open Art Competition - a true reflection of the UK and Ireland's top artistic talent - exhibited across nine main gallery spaces at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf.


# Works by Damien Hirst, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake and 14 other internationally acclaimed artists, in the Turkish Tulips Exhibition Portfolio. Housed in the Tulip Gallery and curated by Young British Artist and NOA Vice-President Gavin Turk, this is a spectacle not to be missed.


# The House of Fairytales - a one-of-a-kind immersive experience for children and adults. They'll be screening their award-winning documentary feature film, Most Likely to Succeed, about the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods on Saturday 25th November. And throughout Sunday 26th, children will be able to make their own film for the House of Fairytales cinema - just book a ticket on Eventbrite and drop in to enjoy this unique creative experience.


# Also collaborating with NOA is Hyphen, an architecture practice that has delivered projects for many of the best recognised brands in over 50 countries worldwide. Hyphen has designed an installation for the reception space of the exhibition, in Gallery 1 on the ground floor.


# A series of professional development workshops for creatives and collectors hosted by Susan Mumford founder of Be Smart About Art and the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD).


# Explore Learning's drop-in and drop-off creative writing workshops, where children will be invited to design what they think the world will be like in the year 3017. Taking place throughout the day on Saturday 25th and Saturday 25th November, the workshops will offer invaluable creative educational experiences for children. No need to book - just come along and join in the time travel extravaganza!


# For the adult art lovers among you, our free Bloody Mary closing party on Sunday 26th could be the perfect hangover cure, as well as your last chance to view and buy artwork at the exhibition.


With all this plus five artists in residence in the Open Art Studio and more attractions to be announced, this is sure to be one of the highlights of the year's art events calendar.


Entry to the exhibition is free, so come and enjoy a wonderful array of creative and artistic inspiration from the 17 to 26 November at the Bargehouse in London's Oxo Tower.


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About OXO Tower Wharf & its History




Raw, atmospheric exhibition space at the heart of London’s South Bank.


Bargehouse is an exciting atmospheric space in London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. A vast, untouched four-storey building, in its raw state Bargehouse is a blank canvas with tremendous scope, often transformed by creatives for atmospheric exhibitions, immersive performance, and interactive events. Bargehouse also provides an unusual setting for press launches, fashion shows, staff motivation events, filming and photo shoots. Bargehouse has a range of different spaces each offering unique features and quirks; rooms can be used on their own or in combinations depending on event requirements. The venue is part of the Oxo Tower Wharf development owned and managed by social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders and surrounded by restaurants, cafés, bars and 30 innovative contemporary design shops.


Oxo Tower Wharf


Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the riverside walkway part of London’s South Bank and Bankside areas. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues [email protected] and Bargehouse.


The Oxo Tower has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s. During its industrial heyday, it was owned by the makers of the OXO brand and has had numerous and varied uses since. By the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and was largely derelict.

In the 1990s Oxo Tower Wharf entered a new lease of life when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) began a major refurbishment project to transform the building into an award-winning mixed-use development of co-operative homes, retail design studios, specialist shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and bars.


The £20 million refurbishment was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and funded by a mixture of bank loans and CSCB equity, Housing Corporation grant, and English Partnerships. Oxo Tower Wharf received The Royal Find Art Commission/BSkyB Building of the Year for Urban Regeneration Award in 1997.


Since opening to the public in 1996 Oxo Tower Wharf has attracted a wide range of visitors. The ground, first and second floors are home to over 30 retail design studios as well as specialist shops, restaurant spaces to let with breathtaking river views, and [email protected] and Bargehouse with its changing programme of exhibitions.


Click here for directions and a map.