The shortlisted artists have just been announced for the South West’s foremost contemporary art competition. As the only Devon-based competition that is open to artists from across the country and indeed the world, this year’s Exeter Contemporary Open promises to bring together a vibrant mix of disciplines and styles.
Now in its eighth year and attracting thousands of visitors every time, this exhibition, highlighting some of the best new talent, has established itself as one of the most exciting events in the South West’s cultural calendar.
Hundreds of submissions including some from as far away as Spain, the USA and even Japan have been considered by this year’s panel; independent curator Day + Gluckman, artist and curator Kevin Hunt, and Matt Burrows, Exeter Phoenix’s Gallery Curator, who said:
‘There was a fantastic response to this year’s call out and the selection panel had a grueling task to reach our final selection. The overall standard of entries was very high and we were extremely impressed by the breadth and scope of engaged, contemporary practice submitted.’
The nine selected artists are: Rachel Busby, Malina Busch, Max Cahn, Anne Deeming, Hannah Mooney, Rebecca Ounstead, Julie Price, Oliver Tirre, Charlie Godet Thomas.
The Overall winner will be announced at a private launch reception on Thursday 12th September, hosted by Exeter Phoenix and the event’s main sponsors, Haines Watts Chartered Accountants. The winner will receive a prize of £1000 and an Additional Award of £500 will also be presented. Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to select their favourite work and the artist with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will be presented with the Audience Choice Award of £200, kindly sponsored by Exeter Natural Health Centre.