Open call

Open Call - International Women’s Day 2023: Inspirational Women Artists

To cel­e­brate Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day 2023, a space’ arts are invit­ing con­tri­bu­tions of art­works by female iden­ti­fy­ing and non-bina­ry artists

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, ‘a space’ arts are inviting contributions to a silent auction of artworks by female identifying and non-binary artists, with a six week exhibition at our flagship venue, God’s House Tower (GHT).

Each contributor will create an A4 image, which could be a photograph, a drawing, a print, a collage or a printed digital artwork inspired by a female identifying artist who has influenced them. To accompany the artwork, participants will be asked to write 50 -100 words about their chosen artist.

These artworks will be exhibited at GHT from 8th March – 16th April, launching on International Women’s Day. During that time, visitors will be able to bid in a silent auction to buy any of the works. For each artwork sold 50% of the proceeds will go to the artist who made the work and 50% will be donated to Yellow Door, a Southampton-based charity that prevents and responds to domestic and sexual abuse.

On Friday 14th April, there will be an event at GHT during which any final bids can be made and exhibiting artists can meet and celebrate. There will be an announcement about how much money has been raised but individual sales and prices will be kept private. Any unsold works will be returned to the artist via post.

The Brief

- Nominate a female identifying or non-binary artist who inspires you
- Create an A4 drawing or image inspired by that artist
- Write between 50 – 100 words to accompany the work
You can download a large print version of the brief here:

Submission process

This year our submissions will be capped at 100 artworks and the selection process will be carried out by the ‘a space’ arts team.

We ask all participants to first send a digital copy of the work they would like to submit via the link provided below. The deadline for digital submissions is 9am on Monday 23rd January 2023. Successful applicants will then be notified the week of Monday 13th February 2023 and asked to send their physical artwork.

Before submitting any work please read the full guidance here:

Basic submission guidelines

- It is free to submit an artwork
- Only 1 submission per artist
- 2D artworks only
- Work must be A4 size (201mm x 297mm). We will not accept any work that is larger or smaller than A4
- UK bank account holders only*
*International participants are welcome but, due to the payment process, we can only accept submissions from participants with UK bank accounts. We are unable to pay into International bank accounts, nor PayPal.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like this brief in an alternative format please contact James Hunter at or 023 8033 8778

The deadline for submissions is on 9am on Monday 23rd January 2023.