Guidelines for Open Call

Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show 2023 – Art for a Great Cause 

NEW FOR 2023

  • New Venue – Live event at the Cornerstone Centre, St John’s Church (Corner of Princes St and Lothian Road)
  • New BACS payment option for artist payments
  • New art calendar to raise more funds for our great cause


The dates for the 2023 show will be Friday 24th November to Sunday 26th November (live), and Saturday 25th November to Sunday 3rd December (online). Here are some other dates you may wish to save in your diary. 

Date Activity 
18th September Deadline for artwork submission
31st October Confirmation of artwork selected for the show
Live and Online Show
23rd November Artwork Drop-off
24th November Preview Evening
25th & 26th November Live & Online Art Show 
27th November Unsold Artwork Collection
3rd December Online Show Closes


We invite you to submit up to three works to the Art Show. You may choose whether this is in the live show or the online show, or both! We will confirm by the end of October at the latest which piece(s) we would like to include.

To submit for the art show you must be able to deliver your work to the venue on Thursday 23rd November and collect from the venue on Monday 27th November if your work has not sold. For online sales, we will handle all sales on our website as in the previous two years at and will notify artists when their artwork is sold. Artists are responsible for the postage and packaging of work and sending to the buyer within seven days of the purchase.

To submit work, please complete the submission form at

Please let us know on the form if you would also be happy for your work to be considered for our 2024 Art Calendar which will be available to buy at the show and will help us raise more money for this fantastic cause.


Please submit the form above by midnight on 18th September 2023. We will be unable to consider any submissions received after this date due to the number of exhibiting artists and to ensure smooth administration. 

We will send reminders to invited artists in the run-up to the deadline, so if you are unable to participate this year, please just let us know. If you do not wish to be invited to future Shows, please tell us.


For the live show, we will only consider:

  • 2D artworks (due to limited space)
  • Artwork that is ready to hang

Based on previous art show sales experience, we are especially interested in the following:

  • Artworks up to 100 cm x 100 cm in size
  • Values of between £50 and £800

As in previous years, we will also have a Print Rack for unframed prints. You may submit both ready-to-hang works and prints for both the live and the online shows.


Each artist is asked to make a minimum donation of 50% of the sale price when the work sells. Some artists choose to donate up to 100% of the value, which we greatly appreciate. Even though our fundraising has reduced, Macmillan Cancer Support has continued to support people living with cancer throughout the pandemic. ALL the proceeds from the online sale help Macmillan Cancer Support, so we would take this opportunity to ask you to please consider whether you can donate more than 50%. Based on artist feedback Macmillan Cancer Support will be able to make BACS payments this year for the first time to improve the payment turnaround time. Payment by cheque will still be an option if you prefer.


We would appreciate any help you can give to promote the Show via your own websites and social media. Our website is currently being updated for this year’s Show, but links to our social media are below.

Twitter: @MacArtShow
Facebook: @macartshow
Instagram: @edinmacmillanartshow

For more than one hundred years, Macmillan Cancer Support has helped countless people living with cancer. The Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show Committee is very grateful for the support from you, the artists – quite simply without you we cannot have a successful Art Show. 

If you have any questions please contact us at