Artists invited to apply for Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Published April 1, 2019


Established in 2006, our Exeter Contemporary Open has come to be recognised as one of the UK’s most prominent regional contemporary arts competitions, culminating in an annual exhibition in our main gallery. Exeter Contemporary Open provides an important national platform for contemporary visual art, with an emphasis on supporting emerging talent alongside more established artists many of whom have gone on to receive significant national and international acclaim.

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Deadline: Mon 17 Jun

Applications are now open for 2019’s exhibition, which will run from 20 Sep – 10 Nov. This opportunity is open to all contemporary artists working in any medium who live in the UK. The deadline for applications is Mon 17 Jun and the shortlisted artists will be announced in July. This year’s panel will include critic and curator Sacha Craddock and artist and 2006 Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner as well as our own Phoenix Curator, Matt Burrows.

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.

Past winner Paul Merrick has said ‘For me, the best part of these things is when I arrive at a preview and am really able to connect with the other exhibitors, and the people behind making the show happen. It’s all about having conversations and making connections which go on to influence my work and might lead to future collaborations.

2019 will see the exhibition return to Exeter Phoenix having taken break in 2018 while the gallery spaces were significantly refurbished with the support of Arts Council England and the Foyle Foundation.

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