Bassetlaw Museum invites artists to create their own exhibition

by | 11 July 2020 | Art, Retford, Worksop

Painters, sculptors, photographers and artists of all types are being asked to submit their work as part of two forthcoming exhibitions at Bassetlaw Museum.This exciting opportunity is open for individuals and groups to submit paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media work, textiles, poetry and 3D artworks inspired by Pilgrim Roots or the Mayflower 400 Anniversary.

This year, 2020, is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims setting sail for America and as part of these celebrations the museum’s Percy Laws Gallery will be displaying work on the themes of ‘Journeys’ and ‘Where it began’.

The open art exhibitions present a fantastic opportunity to participating artists to showcase their work in the museum’s incredibly popular gallery, which is fully booked until the beginning of 2024!

Sam Glasswell, curator at Bassetlaw Museum, said: “The story of the Mayflower Pilgrims has captured imagination for centuries. We know that many local artists have been inspired to reflect it in their works. Bassetlaw Museum would like to showcase as many as these as possible, whether people have exhibited before or if this is the first time. We are excited to discover what the story means today.”

The first exhibition will take place between Saturday 1st August and Saturday 10th October. Entries are requested on the theme ‘Journeys’, real, imagined, emotional or spiritual. Life is often described as a journey and the journeys made by the Mayflower Pilgrims were much more than just travelling from England to America. Submissions for this exhibition should be made before 18th July.

‘Where it Began’ acts as the theme for the second exhibition which will take place between Saturday 17th October 2020 and Saturday 9th January 2021. This exhibition will be an interpretation of the Mayflower tale in the local area, allowing artists to present work which is inspired by or illustrates the origins of the Pilgrim’s unique story and explore the place and time that they lived through.

Individuals and groups are invited to submit up to two pieces of work for each exhibition, at no cost. The entries must be originals and belong to the person / group submitting them. The art should also have been produced within the last year and must not have been displayed in the Percy Laws Gallery before.

The exhibition is by selection and there is no guarantee that all submitted work will be presented.

Entries should be sent as soon as possible to If alternative arrangements are required, please contact the museum. More information can be found at: