How to Survive the Open

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Edward Sellman, Ascension, Winner of the Attenborough Prize 2011

East Midlands Visual Arts Network’s Open Season presents How to Survive the Open featuring art critic and journalist Jessica Lack and writer, curator and artist Gordon Dalton

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 6.00 – 8.00pm

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.

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!

Jessica Lack and Gordon Dalton have each carried out a written review of the Open Season exhibitions, which will be featured on shortly.

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