The concept behind the exhibition originated in Paris in 1884 when a group of artists known as the Societe des Artistes Independants put on a show with a simple motto: “No Jury, No Awards”. There would be no selection committee, no prizes, all artists’ works would be admitted, and all work hung equally. This was truly a revolutionary concept at the time.
The first No Jury, No Prize exhibition was developed by curator Rory Harron and held at the London Street Gallery in Derry during the City of Culture 2013, where it was one of the highlights of that year’s festivities.
10 % of proceeds from sales at the exhibition went to support the RNLI.