Our Gallery Wall is a dedicated space for Chelmsford artists to exhibit their work in a public gallery, located in a venue that receives over 80,000 visitors a year. 

This space has showcased a range of local artists in recent years. The 2D works previously exhibited have ranged greatly from Oleksii Semenenko’s stunning photographic landscapes of Ukraine (currently on display) and Carole Wellby’s chalk and paint portraits of animals, to George Morl’s ‘Electrum Spektrum’ installation tracing the evolution of social and technological networks.  

In collaboration with Ignite Chelmsford, each year the artists will be selected by a panel made up of Ignite partners, artists, and museum staff, following an open call.   

We welcome applications from all artists over the age of 16, living, working, or studying in Chelmsford and particularly encourage applications from those who are from groups underrepresented within the art sector, including non-graduates; disabled; D/deaf; neurodiverse people; LGBTQ+ individuals, and people from Black, Asian and minority backgrounds. We welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and there is no minimum formal qualification for this programme.


Chelmsford Museum’s Gallery Wall Exhibitions return for 2024 

This year, we are relaunching this programme, and will start taking applications from Wednesday 1 May with a closing date for all applications by Friday 31 May 2024.  

In this call, two artists/groups will be selected for exhibition slots from Saturday 6 July to Sunday 6 October 2024 and Saturday 12 October 2024 to Sunday 19 January 2025.  

Eligibility criteria:  

  • We welcome applications from a variety of art genres.  
  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age.  
  • All artworks must be 2D.  
  • Artists must be living, working, or studying in Chelmsford district.  
  • Applications can be submitted by an individual artist or a group.  

To apply: 

Apply online

Please contact us via our online enquiry form, and include a selection of examples from your portfolio.   

You will need to be available to install your work in the week before the stated exhibition slots (1 to 5 July 2024 or 7 to 11 October). Pieces must be prepared in advance to be hung, and there will be assistance from a member of the team to install and deinstall.  

Our Gallery Wall is on the ground floor of Chelmsford Museum consisting of two facing display spaces measuring: width 700cm x height 140cm; width 300cm x height 100cm.

All work will be wall mounted and must be fitted with mirror plates.

You will need to submit text for a small panel to introduce and explain the exhibition (no more than 125 words) and text for a small label for each exhibit – title, artist name, price. The Curatorial Team will support the writing of labels on a case-by-case basis and in discussion with individual artists.   

We will work with artists/groups to help promote their display.  

Any of the exhibiting works can be for sale with the artists agreement. Chelmsford Museum reserves the right to receive a commission of 30% for all sold works. A full price list must be provided. Any commission generated will support the running costs of Chelmsford Museum.  

Please see our Terms and Conditions  for more detailed information.   

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the Gallery Wall with a member of staff, or if you require any accessibility provision, please do get in touch.