A Celebration Of Art & Diversity
As part of the London Festival of Architecture ("LFA") 2023, Populo Living -
Newham’s housing developer -  has teamed up with the artists from Fire Station Arts to launch Newham Kaleidoscope, a free open exhibition celebrating the burgeoning Newham art scene.

The exhibition will feature in the official LFA programme of events and will be promoted London-wide. It will be held in East Ham, in the striking former Victorian library now home to the creative hub Applecart Arts. 

This year’s theme, set by the LFA is : 
In Common.

Newham Kaleidoscope’s call to artists is open to all talented Newham artists, established or emerging, to submit work in response to the In Common  theme. To support artists further, submissions are fee-free and, if selected, there is no commission on works for sale.

The 10-day exhibition aims to promote creativity and excellence in our borough, reflecting the spirit and cultural richness of our community. We will be exhibiting a wide range of artworks, giving the public access to quality and exciting works.

For all our artists, our hope is that Newham Kaleidoscope provides you with an excellent opportunity not only to showcase your artwork and meet buyers but also to get to know other Newham artists.

 Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 nominated artworks at the end of the exhibition based on a public vote. Prize details to be announced.


Call Status:                                              Closed

Exhibition Location:                         Applecart Arts,
                                                                          The Passmore Edwards Library, 
                                                                          207 Plashet Grove, 
                                                                           London E6 1BX

Exhibition Type:                                   Gallery-based art exhibition

Theme:                                                         In Common

Maximum Artwork Entries:       3 

Cost of Submissions:                        Free



Open For Entry:                                    Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Entry Deadline:                                    Thursday, 18 May 2023, 12 noon

Selection Notification:                   Tuesday, 23 May 2023 

Artwork Delivery:                             Saturday, 10 June 2023

Exhibition Open To Public:         17 - 25 June 2023 

Collection of Work:                          Sunday, 25 June 2023



Artists must live, work or have a past connection to the London borough of Newham.

There is no minimum age limit.

We welcome all submission for hung
 work. This includes paintings, drawings, photography, original prints (including digital/iPad prints), needlework & small wall plinthed sculptures. We also accept digital & video art.

We welcome submissions for sculptures and installation art, however please be aware that there is very limited space for unhung work.


All entries must be less than 100cm in any one direction including frame. Only one larger work will be considered per artist - we suggest that the others should be smaller to be considered for hanging. 

2D work must be framed (no clip frames) or on a support that allows for hanging fixtures, such as a deep canvas stretcher. Exceptions can be made if your artwork is lightweight but sturdy and can be fixed using picture hanging strips.

 2D work must have D-Rings and picture cord/wire attached to the back of the picture, one third from the top. If needed, we can assist you with this on the delivery day, however the organisers accept no liability for damage to artwork occurring as a result of fixtures being attached. 

Sculpture must be stable or securely fixed to a base with nothing that can harm a viewer or administrator. 

Badly presented work will not be accepted (this includes cleanliness and damaged/loose frames) regardless of the quality of the work.

Image Uploads

Only one image of each work must be submitted.

Image files should be JPG or PNG and no more than 5MB large. Image should be high-resolution, clear, with no background, shadows or glare.

Image file name should contain artist’s name, should not be too long and not contain any invalid characters such as ' " & % * ( ) < > / ~ # + =

Work for Sale

Although the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to sell work, works may also be listed as not for sale (‘NFS’).

For artists who wish to sell their work, we do not charge any commission on sales. However, the entirety of the sale process is the artist’s own responsibility.

If you are under 18 and wish to sell your artwork you will need to do so with the appropriate permission and supervision of your parent or legal guardian.

Please allow for these points when pricing your work;

The sale price must include VAT & the cost of any frame if applicable.

VAT and its administration are the artist's own responsibility. If a VAT receipt is required by the purchaser this is the responsibility of the artist and not the Organisers. 

We recommend that all work be sent by recorded delivery.

You may also wish to include packaging & shipping costs in your pricing, and you should indicate if you do so. 


All communication will be by email. 

Successful applicants will be notified by email. However, it is your responsibility to check the Fire Station Arts (
www.firestationarts.art) website on Wednesday 24th May 2023 when successful applicants’ biographies will appear alongside the exhibition’s details.


This is a community-led exhibition open to all local artists and all attempts to exhibit all submitted artwork will be made. Selection will be based on the artwork quality and its relation to the London Festival of Architecture’s 2023 theme In Common.
The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of Fire Station Arts & Populo staff.

The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


We strongly recommend that artists are insured. Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. All works, both displayed and unhung are submitted entirely at the artists' risk. 

The organisers and the gallery will not accept liability for loss or damage occurring during the exhibition period, this period extends from delivery of artwork until collection.

Delivery and Collection

Artists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their work.

Delivery and collection times & locations will be confirmed in the email to all successful applicants. Locations will be in close proximity to East Ham station.

Delivery - Saturday, 10 June 2023.

Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes to deliver work, fill labels and documents.

 A label will need to be attached to the reverse or base of all 2D and 3D work.

Collection of hung work - Sunday, 25 June 2023.

Work not collected on the specific collection date will be subject to a charge of £15 per week and will be disposed of after four weeks at artist's own cost.


By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:

The decision of the Organisers regarding the selection of works is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The Organisers reserve the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as the Organisers may deem necessary.

The Organisers may process, store, and utilise the data in any submission and, if selected for exhibition, images of work submitted can be freely used by The Organisers for promotional and publicity purposes. Images will be used strictly in connection to the event and will not be used for any other marketing purposes other than to promote the event. Artists will be credited if images of their work are used for these purposes. 

All information provided by you is true and accurate and the work submitted is wholly of your own creation.

By submitting this application you confirm that you have read and understood these terms and conditions and you accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions herein.