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the open west was established in 2007 as a not-for-profit organisation to provide the opportunity for UK and international artists to exhibit their work to a new audience in the South West. In a short space of time it has achieved a highly visible reputation for excellence and innovation.


Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin have extensive curatorial and arts management experience. They organise complex exhibitions, find intriguing work, curate challenging shows, create educational programmes and present the visual arts in its many forms to encourage new ideas, change perceptions and generate dialogue.

Lyn, a practising artist, curated Stroud House Gallery for ten years, establishing a national reputation for the gallery’s demanding exhibition programme. She introduced emerging and established artists into an imaginative and flexible arena as well as curating works into public spaces.

Sarah worked closely with Lyn at Stroud House, and on other curatorial projects. She has had experience in the world of the contemporary maker, trained and practised as a modern bookbinder and conservator, and established a gallery and information network for contemporary furniture makers and designers.

They joined forces in 2007 and combined their skills and knowledge to form a curatorial practice and established the open west as an independent platform.


2014 guest selectors


Anita Taylor

Anita is Dean of Bath School of Art & Design (Bath Spa University) and founding director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Anita is a figurative painter and alongside her practice as an artist, she has worked in art education in numerous roles, including: Director of the National Art School in Sydney, Australia; Director of The Centre for Drawing at the University of the Arts, London; Dean of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London; and Deputy Head of School, School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Gloucestershire, where she was first awarded a Professorial title.


Virgile Ittah

Virgile is an artist recently graduated from the Royal College of Art who works with installation through sculpture and photography. Through her practice, she explores the notion of isolation, nostalgia and the impossibility of return.

Virgile exhibited in collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda at Newark Park and The Wilson in the open west 2013. Future exhibitions include New Order II, Saatchi Gallery, London, and Young Gods, Charlie Smith Gallery, and Griffin Gallery, London. Her work has been selected for the Catlin Guide 2014 and 100 London Artists book curated by Charlie Smith Gallery. She has exhibited in England and in France where she was awarded the Camera Clara Prize. Virgile Ittah was selected for the Saatchi New Sensations exhibition in 2013 for which she created a new work.





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