EMERGENCY, Aspex’s international open exhibition aims to champion contemporary art by emerging artists, increasing exposure for their work, and encouraging further professional development opportunities. The exhibition reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary art practice, with artists working in a broad range of media. This show is not thematic, seeking to reflect the range of interests artists express in their work today.
Over three-hundred emerging artists applied for the biennial opportunity, of which just eight were selected. The panel were: Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex; Lindsay Friend, Director, IMT Gallery (Image Music Text); Cathy Lomax, Artist & Director, Transition Gallery and Adam Sutherland, Director, Grizedale Arts.
The 2017 exhibiting artists are: Eleanor Breeze, Matthew Gough, James Lewis, Lindsey Mendick, Flore Nové-Josserand, Beth Emily Richards, Maggie Roberts and Lotte Rose Kjær Skau.
At the launch of the exhibition on Thursday 7 December, (18.00 - 20.00hrs) a winner will be announced, receiving a prize of a solo exhibition in 2019, a fee and support to develop new work.
This exhibition is the eighth incarnation of EMERGENCY. Previous winners of the prize, 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).
This year the Gallery will be introducing the People’s Choice award, an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite work. The winner of the public vote will receive a £200 prize.
Aspex will also be hosting a symposium: Can you make it pay?, a seminar discussing paid-for opportunities and the value, or otherwise, for artists. The panel will be chaired by artist and Artist Advisor Jonathan Parsons, alongside Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex; Lindsay Friend, Director of IMT Gallery and Cathy Lomax, Artist & Director of Transition Gallery. Spaces are £5.00 per person or are free for those who applied for EMERGENCY 2017.
Join the conversation by using the hashtag #EMERGENCY2017
on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can discover more about the exhibiting artists by visiting the Gallery’s website: www.aspex.org.uk