About

OpenWalls Arles

OpenWalls Arles is an international award, in collaboration with Galerie Huit Arles, aimed at creating opportunities for emerging and established photographers. Through this collaboration, we are able to open up the walls of Galerie Huit Arles to offer the selected artists a wider platform to exhibit their work.

For the second edition of OpenWalls Arles, we are giving photographers the chance to exhibit their work in a month-long group show, located in the city’s cultural heart. By entering this award, your work could be shown alongside the leading names in international contemporary photography to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.

With OpenWalls Arles 2020, we are inviting photographers to respond to the theme Growth.

We want you to interpret this theme freely. Show us images that convey a sense of change or transition; whether this be your own personal growth, or the changes you witness around you.

Growth can be positive or negative. It can refer to nature and the environment. It can also mean the growth of an individual, of a community, of ideas and movements. How you choose to express it is up to you.

Galerie Huit Arles

Located in the centre of Arles, Galerie Huit Arles has gained international attention for its combination of classic architectural styling and the latest in contemporary art and photography. Its atmospheric, salon-style approach to exhibitions is the committed work of author, curator and heritage conservationistJulia de Bierre, who founded the gallery in 2007.

In the decade since its inception, Galerie Huit Arles has grown into a leading photographic force within Arles, attracting emerging and established names from across the globe to its unique 17th century setting.

1854 Media & British Journal of Photography

At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It has also created an internationally renowned photography awards programme, which includes OpenWalls Arles, BJP International Photography Award, Portrait of Britain™,  Portrait of Humanity™, Female in Focus™ all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.

Studio 1854 is the visual content agency of British Journal of Photography, the longest-running photography title in the world. Drawing on our global community of artists, we create stories for brands through photography, film and journalism. In tandem, Studio 1854 also offers paid opportunities for photographers to produce new and creatively challenging work.