Sussex Open 2017

Our annual Open exhibition has been re-launched this year as Sussex Open with artists from both East and West Sussex invited to participate. Sussex Open 2017 will bring together emerging and established artists from across Sussex, offering artists and gallery visitors a unique opportunity to present and view works by artists at every level of their career.

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.

Applications now closed for this year’s Sussex Open exhibition


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 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 bringing it in 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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