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 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.
2015 guest selectors
Working in a range of media from sculpture to film and photography, Neville Gabie has established a national and international reputation for his work. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London, he has developed a practice which is responsive to place and community, from the remoteness of an Antarctic Research Station, to an Olympic building site as a single artist amongst 10,000 site workers
Recent projects include: British Antarctic Survey, Artist in residence Halley Research Station, Antarctica 2008-09; Tatton Park Biennial, commissioned by Danielle Arnaud, Jordan Kaplan 2010; Olympic Delivery Authority Artist in residence on the Olympic Park during construction 2010-2012; Cabot Institute, Leverhulme funded climate change research project Bristol University, 2012–2013; Jerwood Drawing, prize winner 2013; Afloat commissioned film, Achiltibuie, Scotland, IOTA 2012-2014; MAP, Richmond, South Africa, Artist in residence 2012 and 2014; Cambridge Community Collection Public Art commission, 2013–2018; WOMAD visual artist for 2014.
Neville's work is included in the Tate Gallery and Arts Council Collections
Alastair is artist-in-residence for HUSK in East London where he launched HUSK Gallery, an artists' led space in 2013. He is co-founder and director of Morphé Arts and was recently appointed course leader for Critical and Professional Development at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. Alastair’s practice references forms of trompe l’oeil painting as a means to approach questions about illusion, replication and the way in which artists utilise source materials.
After his selection for the open west 2014 Alastair went on to receive first prize in the Shoosmiths Art Prize. This year he was also selected for the Threadneedle Painting Prize, Zeitgeist Open, Oriel Davies Open and Beep 2014. Solo exhibitions in 2014 include the Nunnery Gallery, Bearspace, and ArtLacuna, London.
Alastair’s work features in several international collections including the Landmark Trust plc (London), Ahmanson Collection (Los Angeles), Royal Bank of Scotland Collection, Glasgow School of Art Alumni Collection and the Bow Arts Trust (London). Alastair is represented by Bearspace in Deptford, London.
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