This September Devon’s leading contemporary arts centre, the Exeter Phoenix, will present a significant showcase exhibition of emerging and established contemporary visual artists from across the UK and beyond.
The Exeter Contemporary Open is an annual, open submission exhibition, which over the last 11 years has built national and international reputation as a prime opportunity for artists to showcase their work, drawing audiences and attention from across the country.
This year’s exhibition includes a shortlist of eight artists, selected from several hundred submissions by Cheryl Jones (director of Grand Union, Birmingham), George Vasey (art writer and curator at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland) and Phoenix Gallery curator Matt Burrows.
The exhibition will launch with a VIP preview hosted by main sponsors Haines Watts Chartered Accountants, at which several awards including the £1000 Overall Award, £500 Additional Award and a Moving Image Award will be made. This will be followed by a further £200 Audience Choice Award – voted for by the public throughout the run of the exhibition and announced in the final week.
This year, there will be an accompanying programme of Artists Moving Image artworks, screened in Exeter Phoenix’s independent cinema space Studio 74 during the run of the show. Joining works from artists featuring in the main exhibition will be further works from artists Anne-Marie Creamer, Nick Jordan, Thomas Yeomans.
More information about the exhibition can be found at exetercontemporaryopen.co.uk.
(from a press release)