Exeter Contemporary Open 2009

Thu 17 Sep 2009 - Wed 04 Nov 2009 | Free

Angela Lizon | Mat Chiversv | Alison Sharkey | Hayley Lock | Dara McGragh | Lloyd Durling | Susannah Douglas | Ben Rowe | Suzanne Mooney | Jane Maxwell-Hyslop | Charlie Tweed | Nicola Pomery | Martyn Cross | Pat Flynn | Mike Iveson | Erica Scourti

Over the four years since its inception, Exeter Contemporary Open has developed into an important national platform for emerging contemporary artists and aims to reflect themes and concerns in current contemporary practice.

This year’s selection panel were Richard Ducker (artist & independent curator), Alex Hartley, (artist), Marie-Anne McQuay (Curator, Spike Island) and Matt Burrows (Gallery Manager, Exeter Phoenix) – who struggled to whittle down an exceptionally strong shortlist to the final sixteen exhibiting artists.

Spanning a broad range of disciplines, many of this year’s selected artists can be seen to utilise a certain subversion of their particular materials or mediums in the realisation of their ideas. Strong themes also emerge reflecting exploration of essential, timeless and currently acute human imperatives – control & power, culture & taste, communication & environment.

The 2009 awards were

Overall Winner Charlie Tweed

Best South West Based Artist Suzanne Mooney

Best New Media Artwork Hayley Lock

Audience Choice Award Angela Lizon

See exhibition images Here

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