Matthew Gough, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Matthew Gough, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

EMERGENCY, Aspex’s international open exhibition opens this Thursday (6-8pm). The exhibition aims to champion contemporary art by emerging artists, increasing exposure for their work, and encouraging further professional development opportunities.

The exhibition reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary art practice, with artists working in a broad range of media. This show is not thematic, seeking to reflect the range of interests artists express in their work today.

The selected artists are: Eleanor Breeze, Matthew Gough, James Lewis, Lindsey Mendick, Flore Nové-Josserand, Beth Emily Richards, Maggie Roberts and Lotte Rose Kjær Skau. At Thursday's exhibition opening a winner will be announced, receiving a prize of a solo exhibition in 2019, a fee and support to develop new work.

This year the Gallery is also introducing the People’s Choice award, an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite work. The winner of the public vote will receive a £200 prize.