Underwater 2020 – Artist’s submission



DATE: 29 – 31 August 2020 (Summer 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 £4 Adults; £3 for Seniors and kids; Under 5s are free.
ARTIST SUBMISSIONS: Artists’ entry fee £5 (for 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 2020, a contemporary art exhibition with an underwater theme.

Underwater 2020 is an exhibition of underwater-inspired multi-media contemporary art featuring local artists. It is ‘open’ to anyone to apply. The work selected will be chosen by a panel of 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 28th August 2020.

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 31st August 2020.

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 31st August 2020 (between 4pm and 6pm).

Selected works will be further exhibited throughout September and October at the Gosport Discovery Centre Café Gallery


Work can be in any medium, including sculpture/3D Assemblage/ Audio /Projection / Film, and must have an underwater theme.
We would particularly welcome work in response either to a particular museum artefact, climate change or recycling.
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.

New Submission Information: To submit up to two pieces of work for consideration for the Underwater 2020 exhibition please deliver them to the Diving Museum on Wednesday 26th August 2020 between 3pm and 6pm. At the same time, you can complete an application form, available at the Museum and pay the fee of £5, by cash or card. Please ensure each piece submitted is clearly labelled with its title, your name, medium and price (or NFS) and your contact telephone/email. Artists are invited to sell cards based on their artwork. Each card to cost no more than £2 each. There will be a small charge for this. All unsold cards to be collected at the end of the exhibition.

Terms and Conditions: Any work submitted for Underwater 2020 can be for sale. 10% 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.

Selected works will be taken to the Gosport Discovery Centre Café Gallery where they will be displayed throughout September and October. If you wish your work to be considered for exhibition at the Discovery Centre, you will need to comply with their Terms and Conditions. Please note that work will need to be framed – unless on canvas – and fixed with mirror plates. Gosport Discovery Centre will take 25% commission on all sales.

Private viewing: All entrants will be invited to the private view at The Diving Museum on the evening of Friday 28th August from 7pm to 8.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Collection: Artists will be required to collect their work on Monday 31st August 2020 between 4pm and 6pm (unless selected for exhibition at the Discovery Centre). Work not collected at this time, unless an agreement has been made, The Diving Museum reserves the right to dispose of any uncollected work.        

New Gosport Discovery Centre Café Gallery exhibition: Following on from the exhibition at the Museum, selected wall-based works will be exhibited at the Gosport Discovery Centre Café Gallery during the months of September and October 2020. The Diving Museum will deliver the selected works to the Gallery, but artists will be responsible for the collection at the end of October.

Queries? Email art@divingmuseum.co.uk or telephone 023 9255 0698. (Please do not text.)