Emergency 2020 | Artist Announcement

We are delighted to announce the names of the eight extraordinary artists that have been selected for Emergency 2020.

This ever popular biennial exhibition is returning to the gallery on 24 April for the ninth reiteration of the show. The group show presents the work of emerging artists, selected from an international open call.  

Over three-hundred emerging artists applied for the opportunity, which for the first time did not include a charge for submission, thanks to the generous contribution of Aspex Patrons. The panel, with the unenviable task of choosing just 8 from 300, were: Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex; Helen Cammock, Artist & joint winner of Turner Prize 2019; Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks; Will Lunn, Director of Copperfield Gallery.

The selected artists for EMERGENCY 2020 are: Helen Anna Flanagan, Vera Hadzhiyska, Eugene Macki, Adriane Morard, Rhys Morgan, Rossella Nisio, Jim Roseveare & Jessica Wetherly.  One of these artists will be chosen for a major solo show in Aspex Main Space in 2021, the announcement of which will be made during the show preview on Thursday 23rd April.

Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks, said:

“We were impressed by the wonderful variety of practices, styles and topics shown in the submissions of the candidates. This made the selection particularly difficult but also extremely inspiring. We are hoping that the shortlist provides a snapshot of the eclecticism and fantastic creativity of some of the many artists who have applied this year.”

Artists previously chosen for solo exhibitions include: Susan Collis (2003), Tim Machin (2005), Cathy Ward & Eric Wright (2007), Kihlberg & Henry (2009), Charlie Tweed (2011), Jim Howieson (2013), Maya Ramsay (2015) and Maggie Roberts (2017).

Maggie Roberts, selected from Emergency 2017, presented her solo show, Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin at the gallery in Spring 2019. Roberts is based in London and Cape Town and also works collaboratively as 0rphan Drift. She has recently presented work in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Brussels and San Francisco.

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said:

“EMERGENCY is the highlight of Aspex’s programme. This exhibition showcases emerging artists, working in varied media from across Europe. We are very excited to be showing the work of eight artists whose work reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary art practice”. 


Image: Still from Daddygogue - Rhys Morgan