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20 May, 2023 at 10:00 am - 23 Sep, 2023 at 4:00 pm

The NAE Open returns for its third iteration, with a presentation of work that includes paintings, video, live art, photography, textiles and sculpture. This dynamic exhibition was created through a competitive, open application process for Nottinghamshire -based artists and Global Ethnic Majority* artists living anywhere in the UK. Tasked to seek out the most innovative and high-quality artworks that address key societal concerns and interests, a panel of advocates included neighbours, artists and curators who chose from almost 350 submissions. The result is an eclectic and compelling selection of 44 artists at different stages in their careers. The artworks speak to contemporary conversations that align with NAE’s mission. They range from personal accounts of migration, retracing personal histories, questioning what it means to belong within a society, and responses to political and cultural viewpoints on race and gender identity, to name a few. The exhibition also features work that celebrates Nottingham through its people and landscape.

The NAE Open intends to be a platform that supports the development of artists and raises their profile. Beyond the public exhibition itself, six prizes will be awarded, which include exhibition and residency opportunities at NAE, and opportunities with this year’s NAE Open partners – QUAD/Format Festival, Nottingham Contemporary and Primary.

*NAE defines Global Ethnic Majority as a collective term that refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ethnic minorities.



Anthony Akpovi

Lesley Asare

Chanelle Brown

Faiza Butt

Maya Campbell

Christie Chan

Justin Carey

Madi Acharya-Baskerville

WooSun Choi

Richard Chung

Taraneh Dana

Susana de Dios

KV Duong

Nisha Duggal

Grace Eden

Katayoon Forouhesh

Wesley George

Suzanne Golden

Manish Harijan

Dita Hashi

Yuxi Hou

Steph Huang