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East Sussex Open 2015

East Sussex Open brings together the best artists and makers from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove. With a record number of entries, this year’s Open will display original art work by 44 artists and promises something for everyone, from the traditional to the interactive and experimental.

Climb inside an old Magnette and watch a film, buy a raffle ticket, make a zine or enter a darkened room papered with correspondence collected over 7 years. The show will also exhibit a range of genres including photography, painting, jewelry, animation, film, ceramics and sculpture as well as collaborative pieces.

All works are for sale.

The judging panel for this year’s show are guest selectors Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, and award-winning London-based video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers, along with Towner’s Executive Director Emma Morris.

This year’s selected artists for East Sussex Open 2015 are:

Victoria Albuquerque Eden Kötting
George Antoni Alexander Johnson
Ian Baker Mike Leale
Tom Banks Chris Liddiard
Ben Browton Alice Mara
Melissa Campbell Maslen & Mehra in collaboration with Shuby and Delete
Philip Cole Nicholas May
Alex Currie Terry McCormack
David Rees Davis David Muchmore
Brian Deighton Danny Pockets
Alexandra Drawbridge Guyan Porter
Gary Edwards George Robertson
Gabrielle Farah Scott Robertson
Ros Faram Brian Rybolt
Gary Goodman David Slack
Charlotte Lambert-Gorwyn Mike Stoakes
Scanlon&Grivell Wycliffe Stutchbury
Mick Hawksworth Michael Tierney
Christopher Hoggins Andrew Voyce
Chris Shaw Hughes Lynn Weddle
Andrew Kötting Susan Mackey
Ida Holbrook Glen Walker

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Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999; previously, he was Curator of the Serpentine Gallery and Director of Chisenhale Gallery.

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.

Saskia 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.

Exhibition images by Avant Commercial and Alison Bettles

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