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Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Sun 10 Nov 2019





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Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Exeter Contemporary Open presented 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.

2019 marked the return of the exhibition, which took a break in 2018 whilst Exeter Phoenix’s gallery spaces underwent a significant refurbishment.

2019’s exhibition included 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.

Selected Artists

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

Exhibition Photographs



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

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

Associated Events

Exhibition Preview
The exhibition preview was held on Thu 19 Sep.

Exhibition Tour
An informal gallery tour to find out more about the exhibition and to discuss the artworks on show was held on Sat 12 Oct, 2.30pm.

Exhibition Sponsors

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


Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Gallery

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