The Whitechapel Gallery calls for all artists aged 26 or over living and working in London to enter The London Open, the Gallery’s triennial open submission exhibition. Providing a snapshot of art now, the exhibition aims to showcase the most dynamic and engaging work being made across the capital to an international audience in 2012.
A panel of leading art experts will select work by both new and more established artists. The panel includes writer and critic Patricia Bickers, artist Rodney Graham, collector Jack Kirkland, curator Marta Kuzma and Whitechapel Gallery curator Kirsty Ogg.
2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the Gallery’s open submission exhibition, which started in 1932 as the East End Academy ‘for all artists living or working East of the famous Aldgate Pump.’ It later became the Whitechapel Open, and showcased artists early in their careers such as Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Wentworth and Rachel Whiteread. For 2012 and beyond the Gallery is expanding the reach of the exhibition to artists London-wide to recognise the Gallery’s cultural role in the city.
The London Open is open for submissions from 3 October–25 November 2011 at thelondonopen.org. The exhibition will be held at the Whitechapel Gallery from 4 July–14 September 2012.