Ten "really exciting" artists compete in Contemporary Open 2012 at Exeter Phoenix

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 September 2012
A black and white photo of a young woman with long blonde hair sitting in profile
Siobhan Raw, Bonnie© Siobhan Raw
Exhibition Preview: Exeter Contemporary Open 2012, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, until November 1 2012

Ten artists have been chosen from hundreds of competitors for one of the South-West’s most important contemporary art prizes, offering a £1,000 reward for the winner, two runner-up awards of £500 and a £200 Audience Choice Award for the artist receiving the most votes from visitors.

An image of an art work showing a spiral of different coloured lengths against a blue sky
Aly Helyer, Potato© Aly Helyer
“This year’s entries have been particularly impressive,” says Matt Burrows, the Gallery Curator at the Phoenix.

They range from site-specific sculpture (Chloe Brooks) and moving images (Irish artist Anita Delaney) to paintings of monsters and Gods (Aly Helyer) and portraits from a fictional US college yearbook, imagined by University of the West of England photographer and prop maker Siobhan Raw.

“It has been hard to select the shortlist, but we are very pleased with the range of work, across a variety of media, by some really exciting emerging artists.”

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An image of an abstract oil painting showing two white spheres surrounded by grey
© Brendan Lancaster
An image of a collaged piece of artwork showing various coloured shapes against yellow
© Ruth Piper
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