12 May – 4 June 2017
Preview: Thursday 11 May 2017, 6-9pm
The OVADA Seven Counties Open provides exhibition opportunities, support and development for contemporary artists based in Oxfordshire and the surrounding Counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. Artists at any stage of their career were invited to submit work in any medium. Artwork was chosen by independent selectors Paul Hobson and Isabel de Vasconcellos for inclusion in the Open exhibition at OVADA’s Warehouse during Oxfordshire Artweeks.
The selected artists are:
John Blythe | Lydia Brockless | Eric Butcher | Kieran Cox | Aileen Creegan
Giorgio Garippa & Oliver Palmer | Tom Milnes | Jezella Pigott
Duncan McAfee | Catalina Renjifo | Cally Shadbolt
Brigitte Stepputtis | Kim Thornton | Tess Tallula
OVADA would like to thank all of the artists who submitted work to the 2017 Open.
OPEN: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm.
The following Professional Development Prizes will be awarded during the exhibition:
OVADA Professional Development Award:
Two of the selected Open artists will be chosen to exhibit in a new show hosted by Gallery at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, in Spring 2018. The prize-winners will be selected by both OVADA and OFS representatives and will provide artists with an opportunity to make new work either collaboratively or independently. The artists will receive tailored critical and professional mentoring, a materials fee and a voucher from Broad Canvas to prepare for this funded show.
The Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize:
A voucher from Broad Canvas and a professional practice mentoring session will be presented to one of the exhibiting artists aged 18 – 25. The prize for outstanding work will support the practice of an emerging young artist in memory of talented photographer, Rishi Mullett-Sadones. Rishi represented OVADA as a Youth Panelist from 2010 – 2011 and was founder of art group Creative Collective, which was set up as a platform for other young artists to get their work shown in galleries across Oxford and in London.
With special thanks to:
[Image: Alexandra Charlotte Pullen – Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize Winner, 2015]