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NAE Open 2022

11 Jun, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 3 Sep, 2022 at 9:00 pm


Back by popular demand, the NAE Open returns this summer presenting painting, drawing, video, live art, photography, textiles and sculpture. This dynamic exhibition was created through a competitive, open application process for Nottinghamshire based artists and Global Majority artists living anywhere in the UK.

Tasked to select innovative and high quality artworks which address important societal concerns, a noted judging panel chose from over 300 incredible submissions. The result is an eclectic and compelling collection of over 40 artworks which speak to the critical issues of the day. These range from racism, identity politics, misogyny, and the immigration crisis, to environmental concerns and the ongoing impact of the global pandemic. Read more about the judging panel.

The NAE Open intends to be a platform that supports the development of artists and raises their profile. Beyond the public exhibition itself, seven prizes have been awarded.

The Prizes and Winners are:

The NAE Exhibition Prize: Winner Enam Gbewonyo
Commissioning grant, mentoring support, future exhibition or performance at NAE in 2023/2024
Selected by the NAE team

The NAE Residency Prize: Winner Sayra Begum
3 months residency at NAE, provided with an artist studio, mentoring support from the team in 2023/2024
Selected by the NAE team

Judges Prize: Winner Jamal Sterrett
Cash award of £1,500
Selected by judging panel

Public Choice Prize: Winner Hannaa Hamdache
Cash award of £1,500
Selected by visitors to the exhibition

Primary Residency Prize: Winner Chiemi Shimada
2 week residency awarded to an artist from the Global Majority living anywhere in the UK. The recipient will receive a fee of £1000, access to a project space at Primary as part of the 2023 Summer Residencies Programme, 1-2-1 mentoring support, conversation with Primary’s artist community and the opportunity to present work to an audience, through a screening, performance, workshop, discussion or meal.

National Artist Prize: Winner Suman Gujral
Cash award of £200
To support an artist aged 60+ with a development bursary, an opportunity to deliver a masterclass to ArtSpeak members and an artist’s profile on ArtSpeak website
Sponsored and selected by: ArtSpeak

Nottinghamshire Artist Prize: Winner Shannon Scherer
Cash award of £100
To support young local artist with professional print services
Sponsored and selected by: John E Wright

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  • Mohamad Aaqib Anvarmia
  • Jessica Ashman
  • Tristram Aver
  • Sayra Begum
  • Adonia Bouchehri
  • Roisin Bourke
  • Jarvis Brookfield
  • Shaista Chishty
  • Clare Chun-yu Liu
  • Rosie Deegan
  • Neequaye Dreph Dsane
  • Grace Eden
  • Tim Fowler
  • Enam Gbewonyo
  • Gisou Golshani
  • Suman Gujral
  • Hannaa Hamdache
  • Arthur Hsu
  • Henrique J. Paris
  • Seungjo Jeong
  • Sabine Kaner
  • Sumuyya Khader
  • Day Eve Komet
  • Sahjan Kooner
  • Olana Light
  • Rudy Loewe
  • Jas Lucas
  • Jeneé Marie
  • Fungai Marima
  • Delores Oblitey
  • Andrew Pepper
  • Daniel Rapley
  • Benjamin Rostance
  • Shannon Scherer
  • Janhavi Sharma
  • Chiemi Shimada
  • Saintly Amok
  • Jamal Sterrett
  • Hope Strickland
  • Arushee Suri
  • Kim Thompson
  • Vernon Tong
  • Zheni Warner
  • Honey Williams
  • Kenizzi Yamalimb