DATE: 25 – 27 May 2019 (Spring bank holiday weekend)
TIME:  11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
VENUE:  The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU
EVENT:  Contemporary art exhibition
TICKETS:  Entry to the museum is £3 Adults; £2 for Seniors and kids; Under 5s are free.
ARTIST SUBMISSIONS: Artists’ entry fee £5 (up to 2 artworks)

There is a pay and display carpark beside the museum. 
There is no toilet in the museum but public toilets (including a disabled toilet) are immediately adjacent.
As an earth-covered Battery, the museum can be cool. Warm clothing is advisable. 
There is a small flight of 6 steps down into the museum. If you need assistance on the stairs, our volunteers will be happy to help.



UNDERWATER 2019, a contemporary art exhibition with an underwater theme.

Underwater 2019 is an exhibition of underwater-inspired multi-media contemporary art featuring local artists. It is ‘open’ to anyone to apply. The work featured in the final exhibition will be chosen by a panel including professional artists. 

A prize will be awarded for one piece of work as judged to be ‘best in show’ by the panel. This will be announced at the private view on Friday 24th May.

A ‘People’s Choice’ prize will be awarded to the artist whose work attracts the greatest number of votes from the visiting public. It will be presented at 4pm on Monday 27th  May.

Where the artist has indicated that their work is for sale, it can be purchased by museum visitors and collected from the Diving Museum at 4pm on Monday 27th  May 2019 (between 4pm and 6pm).


Work can be in any medium, including sculpture/3D Assemblage/ Audio /Projection / Film.
We would particularly welcome work in response either to a particular museum artefact or the the issue of plastics in the oceans.
This is an unusual and limited exhibition space and artwork will be positioned among the diving exhibits. It is suggested that if possible artists visit the museum beforehand to look at the space. As it’s a Listed Building in most instances work cannot be fixed to the walls.

Private viewing: All entrants will be invited to the private view on the evening of Friday 24th May from 7pm to 8.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Submission Information: To submit up to two pieces of work for consideration for the Underwater 2019 exhibition please provide the application information* shown below and email to: [email protected]     Application forms can also be collected from The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay Road, PO12 2QU

Submissions can also be made via post to 24 Swanage Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants, PO13 9JW with images on a CD, or can be handed in at the Diving Museum, clearly labelled ‘Underwater 2019’. We cannot return CDs but they can be collected at the Museum during the Private view and exhibition. Please do not submit actual pieces of work.

Terms and Conditions: Any work submitted for Underwater 2019 can be for sale. No commission will be taken by the Diving Museum. Each artist should have their own insurance cover for their work.
The Diving Museum will curate all the work.

Submission Cost: Entry costs £5 per person (for up to 2 artworks). Entry payment can be made online through our parent organisation The Historical Diving Society

Closing Date for submissions: The closing date for submissions is Sunday 12th May 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted within 1 week of this date with further exhibition information.

Collection and Delivery: Selected artists will be required to deliver their clearly labelled work to the Museum on Wednesday 22nd May between 4pm and 6pm and collected on Monday 27th May 2019 between 4pm and 6pm.

Queries? Email [email protected] or telephone 023 9255 0698. (Please do not text.)


Please email the following information to [email protected]

Email address
Telephone number
Website address (if applicable)

Image 1: Title, media, dimensions/duration and price (if for sale)
Image 2: Title, media, dimensions/duration and price (if for sale)(please include jpegs of the work or samples of film and sound of each piece submitted for consideration)

Please acknowledge that you accept the terms and conditions:
1. Any work submitted for Underwater 2019 can be for sale. No commission will be taken.
2. Each artist needs to have their own insurance cover for their work.
3.  The Diving Museum will curate all work.

Underwater 2019 Application Form