NAE Open 2022 Panel

We are delighted to announce the selection panel for the NAE Open 2022


The NAE Open selection panel comprises of respected peer artists, curators and producers. They will view each application, selecting what they feel to be the most accomplished and important artworks for the exhibition. They also select the judges prize. There will be an opportunity for selected artists and the panel to network together through a closed development day, and also through the NAE Open public events.

Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a multi-award-winning poet, patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and PhD Researcher at Nottingham Trent University studying a practice-led PhD rooted in Nottingham Black Archive, the archive she co-founded in 2009. Her debut collection, Some Things, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018) and her second poetry collection (Re)Framing the Archive is slated for June 2022. Her poems also feature in numerous anthologies including award-winning Clever Girls, winner of the Working-Class Studies Association’s ‘Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award for a Book about the Working-Class Academic Experience’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and her poem, ‘They and Them’, featured in Mic Drop, an exhibition by artist Keith Piper at Beaconsfield Gallery, London, the London Film Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Panya has also worked as artist in residence at the International School, Stuttgart, Germany, Jaipur Literature Festival, India, the Achimota Preparatory School, Ghana, and for the National Trust’s 100 verses at Charlecote Park, in Warwickshire.

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.

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?’.

Sofia Niazi

Sofia Niazi is an artist and lecturer based between London and the West Midlands. Her work spans painting, textiles and video with a current focus on exploring the material production of wool and the practice of craft in the digital age. Her practice is continually engaged in artist publishing, working on many publications both independently and collaboratively along with co-organising publishing fairs across the UK. She is a founding member of artist collective OOMK, who publish works exploring art, politics and faith. Along with Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara (OOMK), she currently runs Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press in Newham, London.

Saziso Phiri

Saziso Phiri is a curator, cultural producer and writer working mainly in contemporary visual arts. In 2016, Phiri launched The Anti Gallery, a pop-up art gallery that has produced and co-produced almost 30 events with regional, national and international partners including exhibitions, film screenings, artists talks, performances, creative workshops and residencies. Phiri is passionate about supporting early career and emerging artists, and occasionally designs and delivers development programmes. A keen and passionate public speaker, she participates in talks and panel discussions on social practice, artist wellbeing, creative processes, career development in the arts and alternative ways of curating.

Plus New Art Exchange’s Creative Team and Artistic Director & CEO.

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