East Midlands Visual Arts Network Open Season - How to Survive the Open


Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Thursday, 25 October 2012 from 6.00 –8.00pm

Featuring Leo Fitzmaurice, artist and winner of the Northern Art Prize 2011

The ‘Open’ exhibition is where many artists take their first steps into the art world, work with their first curator, present to their first public audience, win their first prize, make their first sale. Yet despite this, and a rich pedigree which includes the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, the John Moores Painting Prize and the London Open, the format divides opinion and has many detractors who question its quality and its relevance.  Whatever your viewpoint, it is clear that the ‘Open’ generates a great deal of debate!

In partnership with five regional venues, EMVAN presents Open Season, a collectively branded programme of open submission exhibitions and a series of associated events that will consider the 'Open' from the perspective of the artist, the project manager, the curator and the critic. Each event will feature contributions from a variety of individuals.

EMVAN Open Season eventswill also take place as follows:

  • The Collection, Lincoln - Thursday 8 November, 6 - 8pm – featuring: Angela Samata, Project Manager of the John Moores Painting Prize
  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Thursday 13 December, 6 - 8pm - featuring: Anders Pleass, curator (formerly of the Mostyn Open), academic and writer
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester - Thursday 7 February, 6 - 8pm - featuring: Jessica Lack, freelance and Guardian journalist and Gordon Dalton, artist, writer and curator

To book a place at any of these events, please or call QUAD on: 01332 290 606 or visit: https://uk.patronbase.com/_DerbyQuad/Productions/66J2/Performances

For directions to the venue, visit: http://www.mynottingham.gov.uk