24 Oct - 1 Dec

We are seeking artists working in all media for our open submission exhibition Emergency. This is an international opportunity, seeking applications from anyone who considers themselves to be an emerging artist.

A maximum of eight artists will be selected for a group exhibition, which will open in April 2020. During this show one artist will be chosen for a solo exhibition at Aspex in 2021, including a fee of £1,000.

The selectors for Emergency 2020 are:

Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks & Triangle Network;
Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex;
Helen Cammock, Artist;
William Lunn, Director of Copperfield Gallery.

Emergency was established in 2003, and each edition has provided an opportunity for the winner to realise a solo exhibition at the gallery. Previous winners 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 (2017/18).

Through the support of our Patrons, we are delighted to announce that it will be free of charge to make an application to this year’s competition.


We welcome applications from all members of the community, irrespective of gender, race, disability and other protected characteristics.

  • Submissions can be made by artists from anywhere in the UK or abroad. 

  • Artist collaborations are eligible to apply.  

  • Applicants must be over 16 years old and not in full time education unless studying at postgraduate level.

Submission process

To download an application form as a word document CLICK HERE

To download an application form as a pdf CLICK HERE

Please submit your application by email to by Midday, Sunday 1 December 2019.

Please read the Submissions Specifications carefully and ensure that you complete the application form in full, attaching the following material to your submission email:

  • A completed application form (submitted as a word doc or pdf),

  • An up-to-date CV (max. two pages, submitted as a word doc or pdf),

  • Maximum 5 Images (max. 1200px wide).

To speak to someone about submitting an application in an alternative format please contact Vickie Fear, Curator/Programme Manager on 02392 778080, Wednesday-Friday.

Further information:

T: 023 9277 8080