Sussex Open 2017

Towner’s Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across the Sussex Region. Featuring painting, photography, drawing, film, ceramics and sculpture, Sussex Open 2017 offers a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level of their career, from new talent to established figures.

Artists who have previously exhibited work in our Open exhibition have gone on to be selected for John Moore’s Painting Prize, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the BFI Film Festival in the experimental film category and have been shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize.

Artists in Sussex Open 2017:

  • Victoria Albuquerque
  • Emily Allchurch
  • Hermione Allsopp
  • Tom Banks
  • Richard Boll
  • Terrence Brett
  • Nevile Brewin
  • Richard Burniston
  • Tracie Callaghan
  • Alice Carter
  • Zoe Childerley
  • Jo Coles
  • Sheila Craft
  • Lisa Creagh
  • David Cundy
  • Alex Currie
  • Davies, Monaghan, and Klein
  • Elizabeth Doak
  • James Dobson
  • Cynthia Duncan
  • Mary Anne Francis
  • Andy Gathercole
  • Rachel Glittenberg
  • Chris Hagan
  • Pauline Howley
  • Christopher James
  • Neville Jermyn
  • Amanda Jobson
  • Emily Johns
  • Helen Kirwan
  • Andrew Kötting
  • Eden Kötting
  • Ian Land
  • Victoria Lockley
  • Joseph Long
  • Caroline Macey
  • Rachel Maloney
  • Maslen & Mehra
  • Silvio Meier
  • James Murray
  • Patrick O’Donnell
  • Pippa Oliphant
  • Sarah Pager
  • Eugene Palmer
  • Dan Pearce
  • Sharif Persaud
  • Danny Pockets
  • Katherine Reekie
  • Janine Shute
  • Rohan Van Twest
  • Benjamin Wade

Image: Ian Land, Land of Cockaigne – Camber, 2016, silver gelatin photographic print


Sussex Open 2017 Selectors

Richard Billingham is a British photographer and film maker. In 2001, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his solo show at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. In 2015 he had a solo exhibition at Towner featuring his panoramic photographs and video work that explored the British countryside, from the South Downs to the Norfolk Fen and Constable’s Country in the East of England. Billingham holds professorships at the University of Gloucestershire and Middlesex University

Rosie Cooper is Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion. Before that, she was Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial, presenting new commissions by 44 international artists across 21 sites in 2016. She was commissioning editor of the exhibition’s accompanying book, The Two-Sided Lake (Liverpool University Press, 2016), and for the 2014 edition, she curated the exhibition on James McNeil Whistler with Mai Abu ElDahab. From 2009-11 she curated Barbican Art Gallery’s public programme. With William Cobbing, she organised Bob Jubile, a series of events, displays and publications exploring the legacy of poet, pedagogue and organiser Bob Cobbing, culminating in Boooook (Occasional Papers, 2015). With Ariella Yedgar, she curates www.outoffocus.biz

Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions at Towner Art Gallery

Photo: Sin Bozkurt

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 for bringing it to Derry in 2013. He held curator and projects 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 and edited for exhibition catalogues and artist books, and directed and produced for film and television.

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