NAE Open

From: 13th July 2019 8:00 am

To: 8th September 2019 8:00 am

New Art Exchange


Enjoy a huge variety of art at NAE this summer, with works in painting, drawing, video, live art, sculpture, installation and mixed media by over 50 artists.




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Enjoy a huge variety of art at NAE this summer, with works in painting, drawing, video, live art, sculpture, installation and mixed media by over 50 artists.

The NAE Open was created through an open application process which received nearly 700 submissions. A panel of judges viewed each to select what they felt to be the most innovative and accomplished works, creating a snapshot of contemporary fine art practice today.

Given NAE’s key priorities in supporting both culturally diverse and local talent, the exhibition was open to all artists living in Nottinghamshire and also to artists of culturally diverse heritage and those exploring diversity within their
practice living anywhere in the UK.

A key aim of the NAE Open is to create a platform which supports the development of artists and raises their profile. Beyond the public exhibition itself, a number of prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony on Friday 23 August. These include the £1,500 Public Choice Prize, which every visitor to the exhibition can contribute to. Be sure to cast your vote when you visit the galleries – voting closes Thursday 22 August 2019. The NAE Open also creates the opportunity to buy original art with a number of works available for sale.


Ayo Akingbade | Haseebah Ali | Ankita Anand | Farhad Berahman | Adonia Bouchehri | Pamela Breda | Faiza Butt | Gerard Carson | Emily Catherine | Shaista Chishty | Richard Chung | Faye Claridge | Chiara Dellerba | Mariano Doronzo | Billy Dosanjh | Arit Etukudo | Vivian Chinasa Ezugha | Adam Farah/free.yard | Craig Fisher | Katharina Fitz | Tracy Gnoan | Aya Haidar | Umama Hamido | Christopher Hanson | Effy Harle | Sayed Hasan | Faisal Hussain | Seungjo Jeong | Sofia Karim | Jagjit Kaur | Permindar Kaur | Nisa Khan | Wanja Kimani | Fanni Kopacsi | Dinu Li | Lin Li | Renie Masters | Bill Ming | Nick Mobbs | Natasha Monfared | Dipesh Pandya | Irvin Pascal | Hetain Patel | Becca Pyne | Joshua Roland | Benjamin Rostance | Sarah Sayeed | Vanessa Scully | Grzegorz Stefanski | Emily Stollery | Soraya Syed | Ghafar Tajmohammad | Bobby Tiwana | Rebekah Ubuntu | Leah Wareham | Honey Williams


• Main Prize (selected by the judging panel): £3,000
• Public Choice Prize (selected by visitors to the exhibition): £1,500
• The NAE Open Exhibition Prize (selected by NAE): Future exhibition opportunity with NAE
• The Ian Robinson Prize (selected by Ian Robinson): £150
• The John E Wright Prize (selected by Adrian Nicholls): £100 towards print services


• Matthew Chesney – Artist Curator and Founding Director of BACKLIT Gallery & Studio
• Christine Eyene – Artistic Director, 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca 2020
• Louise Fedotov-Clements – Artistic Director of QUAD & Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival
• Jagdish Patel – Nottingham based Writer, Photographer & Activist
• Sarah Perks – International Curator, Writer & Producer
• Beverley Sterling – Visual Artist
• Salma Tuqan – Curator of Contemporary Art & Design, and Deputy Director of Delfina


Exhibition launch: Friday 12th July, 6 – 9pm

Join us as we launch NAE’s very first Open exhibition, presenting the work of over 50 local and national artists selected by a panel of judges. Artwork ranges across media from painting to sculpture, and photography to installation. Be the first to view the work, cast your vote for the Public Choice Prize, receive a free drink on arrival, plus a DJ set by Omar Sultani. And why not try something tasty to eat in our CaféBar? We’ll have a special Samosa Chaat available to purchase from 6pm. There will also be a unique opportunity to experience two Live Art pieces selected by the NAE Open judging panel:

Ghungaroo Vadan by Ankita Anand

Ghungaroo Vadan is an experimental performance using ghungaroos and OSC messages sent from mobile phone to MAX/MSP. It explores the overlapping spaces between spirituality and technology through combining Indian classical dance elements and technological embodiment.

Uro by Vivian Chinasa Ezugha

Uro is about the idea of dying and rebirth, depression and awaking. In this durational performance, the artist interacts with clay and water on her body. The weight of the clay becomes a force that she works with and against over the hours of the performance. Sitting on the skin as a weighty, damp material, it becomes a solid foundation and morphs the body.

6pm – 9pm Galleries and NAE CaféBar open throughout
6pm – 9pm Live DJ in the NAE CaféBar
6pm – 8pm Live Art Performance: Uro by Vivian Chinasa Ezugha
6.45pm & 8pm Live Art Performance: Ghungaroo Vadan by Ankita Anand


All welcome



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