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East Sussex Open 2016

Towner’s Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove. The East Sussex Open offers a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level of their career, from new talent to established figures. Entries in all mediums are welcome, with an aim to encourage the widest diversity of work. For the first time the exhibition will be presented in our beautiful second floor gallery, home to recent exhibitions of the work of Julian Germain, William Gear and John Virtue.

Applications for this year’s exhibition are now closed. We are very grateful for all who have entered and encouraged others to apply. This year’s judges have now reached a decision on the selected artists and notification has been sent to all applicants. This year’s judging panel consisted of Head of Exhibitions, Brian Cass, Melanie Manchot and Jenni Lomax.

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film, video and installation as part of a performative and participatory practice. Her projects often explore specific sites and public spaces in order to locate notions of individual and collective identities, investigating particular gestures and forms of movement or activities that become the marker of a group or community. A major solo exhibition of Manchot’s new work is at Towner 16 April – 10 July 2016.

Manchot’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and film festivals internationally including at Whitechapel Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery, London; MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; GOMA, Glasgow; and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon.

Jenni LomaxJenni Lomax has been Director of Camden Arts Centre since 1990 where she has established an international programme of exhibitions, residencies, education projects and public events.  She led the organisation through a major building refurbishment scheme which was completed in early 2004. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettresin 2007, and received an OBE for her services to the Visual Arts in 2009.

Before Camden Arts Centre, Lomax developed and headed up the Community Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Art Gallery throughout the 1980’s.Throughout her career she has been involved in an advisory capacity with many arts, education and charitable organisations and has been a member of selection and judging panels for numerous awards and exhibitions including The Turner Prize, Arts Foundation Award and the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Brian Cass

Brian Cass is Head of Exhibitions at Towner. Before joining Towner he was Curator for Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin.

He was previously responsible for managing the Turner Prize and delivering it in Derry in 2013, and has held curator and project manager roles with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, leading on projects such as  Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art and the Francis Bacon Studio (2013); Time out of Mind: Works from the IMMA Collection (2012); The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s (2010); Anne Tallentire: this and other things 1999-2010 (2010); Philippe Parreno: November (2009) and James Coleman (2008).

He has written for exhibition catalogues and artist books, and directed and produced programmes for film and television.

East Sussex Open 2016 runs 23 July–25 September 2016.

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