Submissions for our 7th ART MATTERS online competition are now open!

Once again we are looking for 15 international artists to feature in our upcoming online exhibition ART MATTERS 7 (from 8 to 23 April) with their submitted artworks on our website and Instagram account.

And also once again, we will select 2 of the 15 finalists as winners of the competition and invite one of them to participate in a group exhibition in our gallery in Cologne and present the other in a solo online exhibition (both projects planned for 2023/early 2024).

Another 45 artists will be selected to receive an “Honourable Mention” in our Instagram stories during the duration of the ART MATTERS 7 exhibition.

Please note: In order to be able to continue this project, we have once again made the considered decision to charge a registration/processing fee of 15€ (see below). This fee covers part of our administrative costs and is non-refundable.

To apply, please read the following FAQ carefully and then fill in the application form below. By applying for ART MATTERS 7 you agree to the conditions of participation.

FAQ / Conditions of Participation

Who can apply?

  • Our Open Call is international; all visual artists over 18 years of age and from all artistic disciplines are invited to apply.
  • All applicants will be considered in our selection/evaluation process. Please note that a submitted application does not automatically mean participation in ART MATTERS 7. Rejection does not mean that your art is inferior, but places are limited and demand is high.

What can you apply with?

  • 1 image of one of your artworks that is available for sale and can be offered by us in our online shop!
  • You must own the copyright.
  • Medium, technique or size: all art forms and art techniques and sizes are accepted. No theme is given, we don’t want to restrict creativity.
  • File size: max. 2MB
  • Curriculum vitae including list of exhibitions
  • Text (e.g. artist statement)
  • The artwork you upload must not contain pornographic, sexually explicit, violent or racist material.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is a non-refundable processing fee of €15 per artist for an application with one work. You can apply more than once.

What is the commission arrangement if an artwork is sold?

The artist and the gallery each receive 50% of the sale price. Other costs, such as shipping, are borne by the gallery or the collector.

Which dates are important?

  • The Open Call runs from 18 March noon CET to 1 April noon CET. The selection process will start immediately afterwards.
  • ALL participants will be informed about our decision from 5 April. We therefore ask you to check your email inbox and also your spam box.
  • We will notify both the 15 artists and the 45 “Honourable Mentions” we select to participate in ART MATTERS 7 individually.
  • From Saturday 8 to Saturday 22 April, we will present the 15 selected artists and their submitted works one by one and daily at 6pm CET online (website, online shop, Instagram and Facebook).
  • The “Honourable Mentions” will be posted on our Instagram Stories from 9 to 23 April, 3 per day and between noon and 6pm each day.
  • On the last day of the exhibition, Sunday 23 April, we will announce the two winners of our open call competition ART MATTERS 7: at 5pm and 6pm CET.

How can you submit an application?

  • Please use the following form only, fill in the application and complete the application by paying the entry fee via PayPal.
  • You will receive a receipt (= confirmation of registration) for the payment made by email within the following 24 hours.
  • With the completion of the payment, your application has been sent and received by us. The PayPal payment confirmation also serves as confirmation of registration. And if something is missing, we will contact you!

If you need help (sometimes there can be browser-related problems with the form), please don’t hesitate to contact us at – we will reply as soon as possible!

And now good luck to you all!

Speaking of which, here’s a little review:

We presented our first ART MATTERS winner Jussi Niva in our group exhibition Sculptural.Painting. in January 2021; we showed the second winner Patrizia Kränzlein in our group exhibition PoP – Painting on Paper in autumn 2021. And ART MATTERS 3 and 4 winners Stephen Burke and Alireza Elahi followed in summer 2022 in our group exhibition Where the Rubber Meets the Road. ART MATTERS 5 gave us 2 winners for the first time: Arran Rahimian’s online exhibition was on view from November 2022 to January 2023; and Vittorio Bianchi took part in the 3-person exhibition TRIALOGUE – Delicate Strength in our gallery in January/February 2023. With ART MATTERS 6, we chose 2 female artists as winners for the first time: the online exhibition Damian by Rosina Rosinski is currently still running; Molly Thomson will take part in a 3-person exhibition in our gallery from the beginning of June.

You can simply scroll down to get an impression of our last ART MATTERS exhibitions.

website: ART MATTERS – (EN)

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