Aspex Gallery has been supporting emerging artists and engaging audiences for 36 years, through the delivery of a programme of exhibitions, off site projects and participatory opportunities.
Aspex has announced the artist selection for the eighth incarnation of EMERGENCY, the gallery’s international open submission exhibition.
Only eight artists were selected from over three hundred applicants, which were selected by the panel, which consisted of Jo Bushnell, Director of Aspex, Lindsay Friend, Director of IMT Gallery (Image Music Text); Cathy Lomax, Artist & Director Transition Gallery, and Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts.
The selected artists for EMERGENCY 2017 are: Eleanor Breeze, Matthew Gough, James Lewis, Lindsey Mendick, Flore Nové-Josserand, Beth Emily Richards, Maggie Roberts, and Lotte Rose Kjær Skau.
Their work will form a group exhibition opening at Aspex Gallery on the 8th of December 2017. During this show, a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition in 2019, as well as a fee of £1000 to support the development of new work.
Previous winners of the prize, which was established in 2003, include: Susan Collis (2003), Tim Machin (2005), Cathy Ward & Eric Wright (2007), Kihlberg & Henry (2009), Charlie Tweed (2011), Jim Howieson (2013), and Maya Ramsay (2015).
Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said:
“EMERGENCY is the highlight of Aspex’s programme. This exhibition showcases emerging artists, working in varied media across Europe. We are very excited to be showing the work of eight artists whose work reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary art practice”
As well as the EMERGENCY exhibition, Aspex Gallery will also be hosting an artist seminar, chaired by artist and Aspex’s Artist Advisor Jonathon Parsons, taking place prior to the exhibition preview on Thursday the 7th of December (3-5pm). The event will explore the selection process behind EMERGENCY, and the value paid-for artist opportunities.