Aspex announces EMERGENCY 2020 artists

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Aspex is delighted to announce the eight extraordinary artists that have been selected for Emergency 2020.

This ever popular biennial exhibition is returning to the gallery for the ninth iteration of the show. The group show presents the work of emerging artists, selected from an international open call.

Over 300 artists applied for the opportunity, which for the first time did not include a charge for submission. This significant change was made possible by the support of Aspex Patrons and did not impact the popularity of the open call and the overwhelming number of applications.

The selection panel, with the unenviable task of choosing just eight from 300, were: Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex; Helen Cammock, Artist; Alessio Anotoniolli, Director Gasworks; Will Lunn, Director Copperfield Gallery.

The selected artists for EMERGENCY 2020 are: Helen Anna Flanagan, Vera Hadzhiyska, Eugene Macki, Adriane Morard, Rhys Morgan, Rossella Nisio, Jim Roseveare & Jessica Wetherly.

One of the artists will be chosen for a major solo show at Aspex in 2021, the announcement of which will be made during the exhibition preview on Thursday 23rd April. They will also receive a fee of £1000 to support the development of new work.
Artists previously chosen for solo exhibitions include: Susan Collis (2003), Tim Machin (2005), Cathy Ward & Eric Wright (2007), Kihlberg & Henry (2009), Charlie Tweed (2011), Jim Howieson (2013), Maya Ramsay (2015) and Maggie Roberts (2017).

Maggie Roberts, selected from Emergency 2017, presented her solo show, Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin at the gallery in Spring 2019. Roberts is based in London and Cape Town and also works collaboratively as 0rphan Drift. She has recently presented work in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Brussels and San Francisco.

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said “EMERGENCY is the highlight of Aspex’s 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”.
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