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NAE Open

13 Jul, 2019 at 12:00 am - 8 Sep, 2019 at 12:00 am

Friday 12 July 2019, 6pm – 9pm

Friday 23 August 2019, 6pm – 9pm

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 £3,000 – awarded by the NAE Open 2019 selection and judging panel
Public Choice Prize £1,500 – awarded by visitors to the exhibition via public vote
NAE Future Exhibition Prize – awarded by NAE, this is a mentoring, developmental and platforming opportunity that awards the winner commissioning funds and support to develop new work, presented as either a live performance within NAE’s Public Programme, or as an exhibition in the Central or Mezzanine Gallery.
One Thoresby Street Production Award – awarded by One Thoresby Street, this prize gives the winner three weeks use of the Attic Project Space for an exhibition in 2020, along with a public event, use of project space to make work if needed, technical support, mentoring, and a £300 production budget.
Ian Robinson Prize £150 – awarded by Ian Robinson
John E Wright Prize £100 towards print services – awarded by Adrian Nicholls


• 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




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