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Open Exhibition 2018

13/01/2018 – 17/03/2018

The Open is our biennial exhibition of work selected from a global open call. We never know who will apply or what the show will look like and we always invite a guest panel of judges to select the work for the final exhibition. Our judging panel this edition are co-directors of originalprojects Kaavous Clayton and Jules Devonshire and artist and Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice) Roxy Walsh.

Every two years NN Contemporary Art hosts its Open Exhibition of work by artists from across the world in a wide range of media. The show is selected by a changing panel of judges; this year’s panel were co-directors of originalprojects Kaavous Clayton and Jules Devonshire and artist and Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice) Roxy Walsh 166 artists responded to the open call submitting 347 individual works. From this selection, the judges chose 73 artists to feature in the exhibition.

The Open Exhibition launches at NN on 12 January 2018 at 6 pm and visitors will be able to see a wide range of artworks: from a video about slugs to utopian philosophy, from washing machine parts and wool to photographs of doves and much more from across the globe including Ukraine, Iran, France and the UK.

The Open is a selling show and gives visitors the opportunity to buy the artworks in the exhibition by emerging and leading artists. Visitors will be able to ask the gallery front desk for a price list and NN can arrange delivery of the artwork to homes, offices or as gifts after the close of the exhibition.

Selected by: Kaavous Clayton, Jules Devonshire, Roxy Walsh.


Opening night: Friday 12 January 2018, 6–8 pm

From Art to Commerce 

Saturday 20 January 2018, 11 am

Saturday 17 February 2018, 11 am

These bi-monthly sessions, led by Tracey Clarke, are for anyone running a creative business or looking to start one. The first hour is a general workshop and the second hour consists of one-to-one short sessions. To book a one-to-one with Tracey please email Tracey@NNContemporaryArt.org.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Write Club 

Thursday 1 February 2018, 6 pm

Join Catherine Hemelryk for a session focusing on CVs. Bring examples of your CV and a pen, paper, laptop or tablet. Catherine will take you through different approaches to CV writing.

Work in Progress 

Saturday 10 February 2018, 2-4pm

For artists by artists, bring your work in progress for friendly peer critique. WIP is led by Sayed Sattar Hasan and starts with a featured artist presentation before opening the conversation out to the regular peer critique.

If you would like to be a future featured artist at WIP, email us at info@NNContemporaryArt.org

Half Term Family Workshop 

Friday 16 February 2018, 1-2pm

For the spring half-term holiday bring your school-agers (5+) to NN for a creative workshop. The artworks in the Open Exhibition will form the inspiration for the multimedia workshop! Adults must accompany all children, booking required by emailing info@nncontemporaryart.org, admission free, suggested donation.

Bumps & Babes 

Thursday 1 March 2018, 2-3 pm

Get messy with your baby or pre-schooler in these crayon-fueled, finger painting sessions. Make sure you wear clothes that can handle paint!

How To: Fund Art Projects  

Saturday 17 March 2018, 1-2 pm

If you are an artist or curator with a project that is looking for funding, come along for an informal conversation with Catherine Hemelryk. Catherine will talk about a range of options from public funding to commercial approaches, various Kickstarters, and other ways you might approach funding a project.

How To: Art Handling   

Saturday 17 March 2018, 5-6 pm

NN’s Artistic Director Catherine Hemelryk is leading a session demonstrating different techniques for packaging artwork for transit and storage. This will cover a range of media from delicate drawing to sculpture.

Jonathan Alibone, Zahra Amirkamali, Emily Arnold, Tristram Aver, Catherine Baker, Sharon Baker, Sophie Bament, Emma Barford, Ben Bird, Giulia Cacciuttolo, Lorsen Camps, Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, George Chinnery, Fran Copeman, Benjamin Duax, Daniel Earey, Robert Fitzmaurice, Louise Freeman, James Fuller, Alison Goodyear, John Griff, Colette Griffin, Keren Goresh-Freedman, Luke Harby, Jade Hanley, Matt James Healy, Charlie Hurcombe, Sarah Jenkins, Sarah Louise Keber, Jonathan Kelham, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Marine Lefebvre, Silvia Lerin, Maria Lewis, William Lindley, Eugene Macki, Zara Makhdoom, Tahira Mandarino, Ryoko Minamitani, Anna Gonzalez Noguchi, Sylvia Owens, Alistair Payne, Karen Piddington, Maksim Podorozkin, Duncan Poulton, Richard Powell, Lisa Price, Srecko Radivojcevic, Alison Ranson, Attia Rashid, Chernaya Rechka, Scott Robertson, Luís Filipe Salgado Pereira Rodrigues, Marjan Samie, Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Veronica Slater, Emily Sparkes, Stephanie Spindler, Alcaeus Spyrou, Natalka Liber Stephenson, Pamina Stewart, James Tebbutt, Clare Thatcher, David Theobald, Ross Tomkins, Mererid Velios, Satu Viljanen, Jane Walker, Mark Wilsher, Claire Yspol, Jasmin Yusuf.
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