Antifreeze is

a unique celebration of visual art: inclusive, non-hierarchical and challenging the conventions of the prevailing culture.

*  Important Message *

After  much discussion, we have taken the decision to postpone Antifreeze for 12 months.  The Festival will now take place from 8 October – 4 November 2019, and we will be accepting entries through this website from 7 January – 31 March 2019.

Given the generosity that has been shown towards Antifreeze from across the UK both in terms of practical support as well as in sponsorship, we do not want to run the risk of making Antifreeze anything other than the successful, transformative and inclusive event we know it will be.

We look forward to receiving your entries next year, but if you have any questions in the meantime let us know at

Antifreeze is for artists whose work explores ideas of intellectual, spiritual or political change

Antifreeze is coming to Northampton in autumn 2019 and invites applications from like-minded artists to take part in exhibitions throughout the town from 8th October – 4th November.

Antifreeze is a direct response to the fact that much of the art we see in galleries and reproduced in journals and books is not representative of the cultural and philosophical values or aspirations, nor the creative impulses and needs, of the broader populous.

It is the aim of Antifreeze to recalibrate the visual art tradition into one which is relevant and inclusive and one which offers a platform to the thousands of people across the UK and Europe, both trained and untrained, who make important, compelling and persuasive work but who feel excluded, disengaged, disinclined or simply unable to conform to prevailing conventions.

Antifreeze will be antithetical to the current established art community, and encouraging of art which is essential, profound, heartfelt, challenging, possibly unfashionable and perhaps transgressive or impolite.

Antifreeze invites applications from artists to take part in the festival.  Apply on-line between 7th January – 31st March 2019; there is no entry fee, and all work selected for exhibition will be collected free of charge from designated collection points across the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like a reminder nearer the time, contact us at

How do I apply?

Entries should be submitted electronically between 7 January and 31 March 2019.  The final deadline for entries is 23:59 on Sunday 10 June 2018.

Everybody can apply

Selected artists will be notified by email or phone by 13 July 2018 at the latest and invited to deliver their work to a series of regional drop-off centres [dates and venues to be confirmed].

When is it?

Antifreeze will take place October-November 2019 at various venues across Northampton.  Details will be added to the website as they are confirmed.

Applications open on 7th January 2019

In the meantime you can prepare your work.

Contact us at and we’ll send you a reminder when the application process opens.

What are you waiting for?

Fill the application form and join us in this adventure

Apply now!

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