NAE Open 2020 Judges

14 February 2020


We are delighted to announce the selection panel for the NAE Open 2020! The NAE Open selection panel comprises of respected artists, curators and producers. They view each application, selecting what they feel to be the most accomplished and important artworks for the exhibition, as well as selecting the Judges Prize. There is the opportunity for selected artists and the panel to network together through a closed development day, and also through the NAE Open public events.

Abbas Zahedi

Abbas Zahedi is a London based artist, known for his interdisciplinary blend of social practice, performance, installation, moving-image, institution-building and writing. His practice emerged out of working with migrant and marginalised communities in the UK to explore the concept of neo-diaspora, and the ways in which personal and collective histories interweave.

Adelaide Bannerman

Adelaide Bannerman is a curator and works for Tiwani Contemporary and International Curators Forum, London. She has helped to deliver numerous exhibitions, projects and events since 1998. Her independent research interests valorise performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art.

Deborah Joyce Holman

Deborah Joyce Holman is an artist and curator. Her practice spans various mediums, such as text, sculpture and imagery. Recurring themes in her work are the notion of authorship and the destabilising of boundaries between fiction and facts. Strategies of refusal and shapeshifting, especially regarding the terms on which identity is being fixed, have become focal points in her practice and her navigation of the arts.

She is the co-founder of the artist-run platform 1.1, Basel, where she has commissioned and curated exhibitions and other formats such as concerts, text and talks since 2015 until present.

Joey Holder

Joey Holder's work raises philosophical questions of our universe and things yet unknown, regarding the future of science, medicine, biology and human-machine interactions. Working with scientific and technical experts she makes immersive, multimedia installations that explore the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms.

Solo exhibitions include: Adcredo - The Deep Belief Network, QUAD, Derby, Matt's Gallery, London, and Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2018). Her work has been covered in A-N; AQNB; Art Monthly; BOMB magazine; DAZED DIGITAL; Elephant; Frieze; The Guardian; It's Nice That; Rhizome; thisistomorrow; and VICE.

Mahtab Hussain

Mahtab Hussain explores the important relationship between identity, heritage and displacement. His themes develop through long-term research articulating a visual language that challenges the prevailing concepts of multiculturalism. Hussain has been recipient of numerous awards and commissions from, Ikon Gallery, New Art Exchange, Autograph ABP, all supported by Arts Council England, British Council and the Arts Humanities Research Council.

Hussain's work has been published in articles from The Guardian, The Economist, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Dazed and Confused, Elephant Magazine and Aperture. Recently Hussain was featured on the prestigious BBC 4 documentary 'What Do Artists Do All Day?'.

Saziso Phiri

Saziso Phiri (Nottingham, UK) is the founder of The Anti Gallery, a creative platform for creating, exhibiting and engaging art outside of traditional art gallery environments. Since launching the platform in 2016, The Anti Gallery has partnered with public, corporate and grassroots organisations to produce exhibitions, artist residencies, talks, film screenings and art making workshops. Alongside her work with The Anti Gallery, Saziso works with cultural organisations on PR and audience engagement strategy.

Suzannah Bedford

Suzannah Bedford is Director of City Arts, Nottingham. An experienced Creative Producer and General Manager, she has worked with organisations ranging from Talawa Theatre Company, Out of Joint Theatre Company, and Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre. Returning to Nottingham she worked at Arts Council England within the Dance Team, and Participation and Engagement.

Most recently Suzannah set up Place, home of The Renewal Trust's creative programme. Place brokered relationships between communities and artists and flagship arts organisations in Nottingham and beyond, including community-led commissioning. Suzannah is passionate about access and representation in the sector.

Plus from New Art Exchange: Melanie Kidd, Senior Curator & Director of Programmes, Jade Foster, Curator & Programme Assistant, and Skinder Hundal, Director & CEO.

Want to apply? Visit our application portal now!


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