Fifteen Artists Announced For Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

Published July 3, 2019

Works by Amanda Benson, Harriet Bowman, Iain Andrews, (left to right)

Fifteen Artists Announced For Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

This September Exeter Contemporary Open returns as we present 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 years 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.

This year’s selected artists are 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 and Molly Thomson.

Regular visitors to our galleries will recognise Sara Berman’s practice from the latest Phoenix Gallery exhibition, Hospital Rooms. Michael Calver is a previous Café Gallery exhibitor, whilst John Lawrence, Mahali O’Hare and Molly Thomson have all had work featured in previous Exeter Contemporary Open exhibitions.

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.

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

Entry to Exeter Phoenix’s gallery spaces is free. Find our more about the exhibition by visiting


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