The criteria for submissions is as follows:

  • be aged 26 or under

  • make work using emerging and digital media

  • be a maximum of two years from graduating a UK University located outside of London (BA, MA or equivalent)

  • be living in the UK but outside of London (at the time of application)

Applications are open from the 1st of March until the 14th of April 2019, 11:59pm


hotel generation is a UK wide, young artist development programme mentoring four shortlisted participants from outside of London through an open call, culminating in a solo exhibition for one of the artists selected by a panel of judges.


The selection of the participants

To apply to hotel generation 2019, each applicant must submit an initial proposal conceived around home, arebyte’s theme for its 2019 programme of exhibitions. 

In spring each year, the arebyte curatorial team will shortlist four participants from the open call to being the artist development programme. These artists will each receive a stipend to further develop their initial proposals.

The development programme

The judging panel

This year the judging panel is comprised of Alan Warburton (multi-disciplinary artist based in London), new media specialist David Gryn (Director and Founder of daata editions), digital art curator Kelani Nichole (Director and founder of TRANSFER Gallery, NY), Beryl Graham (Course Leader / Prof. of New Media Art, University of Sunderland) and Irini Papadimitriou (Creative Director of Future Everything)

Working closely with the arebyte team, the four shortlisted artists will receive studio visits, professional guidance, critical feedback and assistance to develop their initial proposals. They will be given help with all aspects of exhibiting including proposal writing, making and progressing work and ideas, as well as budgeting, fundraising and running a marketing campaign. All four candidates will also be asked to think about including a series of related events within their exhibition timeframe

The winning participant will then be selected by a judging panel, with each of the four judges having one vote. Each year we invite various leading figures in the art sector with varying expertise in fields such as technology and curation.

The artist selected for a solo exhibition will then receive further funds as well as continued support from the gallery team.The exhibition will run for four weeks at the end of the year and will be accompanied by a publication documenting the exhibition and the proposal from the three other participants. This year, the programme will strengthen links between the four candidates by including a 2-day curatorial intensive taking place in London with the four artists.