Founded in 2017, OPEN DOORS GALLERY is a global platform for contemporary photographic artists. The gallery aims to give the world’s best emerging talent an opportunity to reach new audiences, and works with a very broad range of artists. From unique collage and sculptural artworks to dark room creations, landscapes, portrait and street artists.
As well as representing the developing careers of several award winning photographic artists, OPEN DOORS believes in making art accessible, affordable and obtainable. We aim to surprise people by challenging what they believe photographic art to be whilst also respecting the more traditional photographic methods.
Art is for all and our aim is to show art lovers that photography is the perfect medium to explore and to collect.
Set up originally as a mixed media gallery, Open Doors looked to encourage community cohesion and a sense of local pride through a programme of open submission exhibitions. Popping up in venues across London, OD asked local artists to reflect the local area in their unique style. The success of these events led to the discovery of a huge pool of talented emerging artists that were dismally under represented. Particularly photographic.
Inspired by this observation and coming from a photographic background ourselves, OD decided to focus its efforts on highlighting and developing the best we could find. We want to lead and empower a growing group of first time art buyers with with highly collectable photographic prints and unique work, rich in stories and aesthetic quality.
Open Doors has a strong presence online (@odtakeovers) choosing to showcase a wide variety of styles from beyond our family of represented artists. Hoping to broaden people’s understanding of the medium. Whilst the digital side is important, we also believe wholeheartedly in the value of seeing and experiencing these artworks up close through our programme of exhibitions and art fairs that we host and participate in throughout the year.
Affordable Art Fair • Battersea, London • 2020
Hoxton Pop-up, 2019
Hoxton Pop-up, 2019 • with bar (Benedict Butterworth)
With aspirations to be a photographer himself at one stage, Tom understands the difficulties of making it as a pro and of the sacrifices often required. Eventually Tom exchanged a life of hunting for the perfect shot to one of searching for the perfect photographer. Tom set up Open Doors three years ago with a view to promoting, supporting the best emerging photographic talent from around the world. Looking to sell their work on and offline. Having worked at some of Londons leading photographic institutions Tom is perfectly placed to help guide the next generation of photographer.
If you are looking for that perfect piece for your home or looking to start a collection of your own, we have a huge network beyond the artists listed and represented here. So get in touch and let us help you find the perfect artwork for you.