Emergency 2017

 Imag (lef  ight): Lindsey Mendick, Eleanor Breeze, Lotte Rose Kjær Ska, Flore Nové-Josserand, Maggie Roberts, JamesLewis, Beth Emily Richards, Matthew Gough.

Imag (lef ight): Lindsey Mendick, Eleanor Breeze, Lotte Rose Kjær Ska, Flore Nové-Josserand, Maggie Roberts, JamesLewis, Beth Emily Richards, Matthew Gough.

Aspex has announced the artist selection for the eighth incarnation of EMERGENCY, the Portsmouth-based gallery’s international open submission exhibition.

Over three hundred emerging artists applied for the biennial opportunity, of which just eight were selected.

The panel were: Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspe; Lindsay Friend, Director IMT Gallery (Image Music Text); Cathy Lomax, Artist & Director Transition Gallery and Adam Sutherland, Director Grizedale Arts.

The selected artists for EMERGENCY 2017 are:

Their work will form a group exhibition opening at Aspe on 8 December 2017. During this show a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition in 2019, as well as a fee of £1,000 to support the development of new work.

Previous winners of the prize, established in 2003, include: Susan Collis (2003), Tim Machin (2005), Cathy Ward & Eric Wright (2007), Kihlberg & Henry (2009), Charlie Tweed (2011), Jim Howieson (2013) and Maya Ramsay (2015).

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspe, said:

“EMERGENCY is the highlight of Aspex’ programme. This exhibition showcases emerging artists, working in varied media from across Europe. We are very excited to be showing the work of eight artists whose work reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary art practice”.

The gallery will also be hosting an artist seminar, chaired by artist and Aspex’ Artist Advisor Jonathan Parsons, taking place prior to the exhibition preview on Thursday 7 December (3 - 5pm). The event will explore the selection process behind EMERGENCY, and the value of paid-for artist opportunities.

To learn more about the selected artists and their practice, visit: www.aspex.org.uk