Applications now open for East Sussex Open 2015

Posted on 5/12/2014
East Sussex Open 2014

East Sussex Open 2014. Photograph: Alison Bettles

Applications are now open for our popular open application exhibition. East Sussex Open brings together the best artists and makers from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove.

The  exhibition will run from 11 July to 20 September 2015.

Joining our Head of Contemporary Programmes, Sanna Moore, on the 2015 judging panel includes guest selectors Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and London-based video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers. Olde Wolbers has shown extensively around the world and her work Trailer (2005) was recently exhibited in Towner’s Twixt Two Worlds exhibition.

How to apply

East Sussex Open 2015 is open to artists and makers over the age of 18 working in any media who live or work in the East Sussex County Council area including Brighton and Hove.

Work entered must have been produced in the last 3 years (i.e. since January 2012).

Entry fee: £20
Deadline for entry: Sunday 1 March 4pm

Download the application pack for full information and to apply (right-click link)


For general enquiries, please email: or call 01323 434674.


The selection for East Sussex Open 2015 will consist of a collective choice made by the selectors based on the submitted material. All applicants will be contacted by email only by 10 April.

We will also publish the final list of artists on the exhibition page for East Sussex Open 2015.

About the Guest Selectors

JW 011 rotated levels adjustedJonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999; previously, he was Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).

Watkins has curated a number of large international exhibitions such as Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013, Guangzhou Triennial, Shanghai Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, and Tate Triennial.

Jonathan Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art, with recent essays on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Caro Niederer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.

saskiaSaskia Olde Wolbers is an artist based in London. Since the mid-1990s Olde Wolbers has been making videos that combine fictional and documentary elements in their scripts with fabricated otherworldly analogue imagery. The videos are shot in model sets that are dipped in paint and submerged in water. These documents of a real time process make for unstable imagery that intuitively guide the voice-over. Her work Trailer (2005) was recently exhibited in Towner’s Twixt Two Worlds exhibition.

Olde Wolbers has exhibited her work widely including Art Unlimited Art Basel, Museum M Leuven, Secession Vienna, The Goetz Collection, Mori museum Tokyo, MOCA San Diego, The Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Tate Britain London. In 2003 she won the Baloise Prize at Statements Basel and in 2004 the Beck’s Futures Prize. Recently she completed Yes These Eyes are the Windows 2014, an Artangel commission and short film.

Saskia Olde Wolbers is represented by Maureen Paley, London and Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam.