Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Sun 10 Nov 2019 | Free

Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Exeter Contemporary Open returns, presenting a significant showcase of emerging and established contemporary visual artists from across the UK. Established in 2006, Exeter Contemporary Open has come to be recognised as one of the UK’s most prominent contemporary arts competitions.

This year marks the return of the exhibition, which took a break in 2018 whilst our gallery spaces underwent a significant refurbishment.

This year’s exhibition includes a shortlist of fifteen artists, selected from hundreds of submissions by a panel of industry specialists – critic and curator Sacha Craddock, artist and 2006 Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner and Phoenix Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.


Iain Andrews | Amanda Benson | Sara Berman | Jack Bodimeade | Harriet Bowman | Patrick Brandon | Michael Calver | Grant Foster | Alia Hamaoui | Jeb Haward | Harley Kuyck-Cohen | Dinu Li | John Lawrence | Mahali O’Hare | Molly Thomson


A special awards ceremony will be held at the exhibition preview on Thu 19 Sep where two prizes will be announced: the Overall Award winner (£1000) and an Additional Award winner (£500). Over the course of the exhibition, visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite work, and the Audience Choice Award winner will receive £200, announced in its final week. 

Exeter Contemporary Open is kindly sponsored by Haines Watts Chartered Accountants.


  • Overall Award Winner – Dinu Li
  • Additional Award Winner – Mahali O’ Hare
  • Audience Choice Award Winner – Alia Hamaoui


The exhibition preview (Thu 19 Sep) will be by RSVP. If you would like to attend, please log in or create an account here and tick the ‘Art Exhibitions and Events’ preference. 


Sat 12 Oct – 2.30pm

An informal gallery tour to find out more about the exhibition and to discuss the artworks on show.

The exhibition will run from Fri 20 Sep – Sun 10 Nov 2019.



Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Gallery

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