A recent MA Photography graduate from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth has just been selected as one of the 8 artists in Aspex Gallery’s 2020 Emergency Programme and for an exhibition at Festival Circulations in Paris. For both of the exhibitions, alumna Vera Hadzhiyska from the School of Art, Design and Performance will be showcasing her project “With the Name of a Flower” which she created during her Masters degree.

The ever-popular biennial exhibition EMERGENCY is returning to the gallery for the ninth iteration of the show. The group show presents the work of emerging artists, selected from an international open call. The selection panel was tasked with the unenviable duty of choosing from over 300 artists who applied for the opportunity. For the first time, the process did not include a charge for submission. This significant change was made possible by the support of Aspex Patrons and did not impact the popularity of the open call and the overwhelming number of applications.

Our photography alumna is one of the 8 artists selected out of 300 applicants, which Aspex is delighted to announce for Emergency 2020. Between her and the 7 others (Helen Anna Flanagan, Eugene Macki, Adriane Morard, Rhys Morgan, Rossella Nisio, Jim Roseveare & Jessica Wetherly), the gallery will chose one for a major solo show at Aspex in 2021, the announcement of which will be made during the exhibition preview on Thursday 23rd April. They will also receive a fee of £1000 to support the development of new work.

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.

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex

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