Exhibition  |  open for entry

In the Undergrowth: Exploring the Darkness

Entries Close Friday the 13th of October

Get ready to be spooked as we delve into the eerie and sinister side of Halloween with In the Undergrowth: Exploring the Darkness. This online exhibition showcases art, sculpture, and mixed media installations that explore the hidden depths of this frighteningly fascinating holiday.

Join us on a journey through the creepy undergrowth, where ghosts, goblins and other peculiar creatures lurk in the shadows, and dark secrets are waiting to be unearthed.

The exhibition features works from both established and emerging artists, each of whom brings their unique voice to the theme. From stunning paintings that evoke muted autumn scenes to sculptures that capture the essence of spooky folklore, this exhibition offers a range of perspectives on Halloween that you won't want to miss.

Whether you're a seasoned horror fan or simply looking for an unforgettable cultural experience this Halloween season, In the Undergrowth: Exploring the Darkness is sure to leave you spellbound. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the macabre world of Halloween - you never know what you may discover.

Media:  All media except video will be considered including 2D & 3D work, painting, sculpture, works on paper, printmaking, photography and mixed media.

Deadline:  Entries close Friday the 13th of October, 2023

Awards & Prizes:

Finalists & award winners will be included in our online exhibition.

Award 1: Best in Show US$175 cash, promotion on website & Instagram Award 2: Directors Choice US$75 cash, published on Artist of the Month, promotion on website & Instagram Award 3: Curator's Choice Interview (value US$75) published on Curator's Choice, promotion on website & Instagram Finalists : receive promotion on our website & Instagram

Fees: US$40 for 6 images US$30 for 3 images US$20 for 1 image



1. Guidelines

Each contest has a theme as part of the judging criteria please consider the theme when making your entry submissions. 

Read the rules carefully.

Artists retain ownership & copyright of their works. Any enquires to purchase work will be directed to each artist.

2. Rules

By submitting your entry you (the artist) consent to the Gallery Omata Terms & Conditions Agreement.

Lets keep it positive. The gallery focuses on positive subjects for consideration by the jury and inclusion in exhibitions. Artists are requested to keep this in mind when submitting their entries.

Those seeking to use images from the Gallery Omata website will require permission from the artist & the gallery before proceeding.

Competition is open to artists worldwide over the age of 18 years.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

There is no limit to the number of entries per artist.

Images taken front on with only the artwork clearly visible and in focus will be accepted.

Maximum image size 5MB in .jpeg format file titled with Artist Name-Title of Artwork.

Artwork submitted is to be original work by the artist related to the theme of the exhibition.

Open to all fine art mediums (oil, acrylic, water colour, gouache, pastel, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fiber, wood, digital art) except video.

3. Awards

Award winners will be notified by email within 5 days following the selection of the winners.

Gallery Omata will make every effort to contact Winners but accepts no liability for Winners failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email or other security settings or for Winners provision of incorrect contact information.

If the Winner can not be contacted within 90 days from the time notification award was sent or fails to comply with the contest eligibility the prize may be forfeited.

Winners are accountable for costs associated with award acceptance, such as applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes.

4. Contest Fees

You may submit more than once.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Contest fees can be paid using Paypal or credit card.

5. Image Submission Sequence

Image format : jpegs at least 1500px on longest dimension of the image

File size maximum 5mb per image

Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions H x W mm, Photo Credit, Links to socials (optional)

Include an artist statement (written in 1st person).

Complete all required information

First name, Last Name

Email, Instagram (Format: instagram.com/yourusername) (optional), Website (optional)

Submit entry

You will be redirected to PayPal for payment.

Confirmation email will be sent after your payment is complete.

6. Selection Process

Directors Choice. Each show is curated & juried by Gallery Director Sarah Gordon and an anonymous committee of jurors. Note no comments are given by the jurors.

Criteria - 

  • Creative expression
  • Composition
  • Demonstration of artistic intent based on the theme
  • Mastery of the medium
  • Aesthetic appreciation

7. Terms & Conditions

  • By submitting images of your artwork you, the artist, agree to the terms & conditions as listed below. This constitutes an agreement between galleryomata.com & you, the artist.
  • You agree to your images being used by Gallery Omata for promotional, marketing and display purposes for any exhibition organised by Gallery Omata
  • You agree to Gallery Omata archiving your artwork images as part of the website exhibition archive. This will be available for public viewing on artgalleryomata.com
  • All copyrights of artwork images submitted to Gallery Omata remains with the artist.
  • Entry Fees are non-refundable
  • Those seeking to use images from the Gallery Omata website will require permission from the artist & the gallery before proceeding.
  • By entering your work you are agreeing to be added to Gallery Omata email list for forthcoming artist opportunities.