On Saturday 3rd March 2012 Gloucester Cathedral is opening its doors as the setting for the open west’s annual exhibition. This event is an international competition open to artists practising across a range of contemporary disciplines. Around 90 pieces of work from 55 artists have been selected by the curators and organisers Sarah Goodwin and Lyn Cluer Coleman who were joined on the 2012 selection panel by artists Iain Andrews and Dan Chadwick. Work includes sculpture, painting, site-specific installation, drawing, textile, photography, ceramics, print and video. Award winners will be announced on the night of the private view.

Many of the selected artists have responded directly to this ancient building and have created new work, while others are seeing a fresh dialogue emerge between their work and the ever-present voice of the Cathedral. A number of the artists are recently emerged from fine art MA programmes, many others are already highly established and internationally exhibited; all come from very different backgrounds and each has a distinct story to tell. This is a significant opportunity for an audience to see a collection of independent visions held together in a powerful and evocative setting.

The exhibition runs from 3rd to 31st March at Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LR

Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00 | Sunday 12.00 – 5.00

free entry | please note there may be days when access to some areas of the Cathedral is restricted | see closures diary on gloucestercathedral.org.uk

theopenwest.org.uk | [email protected] | 07594 354 791

Please come to a day of artist talks on 3rd March 10.30 am to 5.20 pm Tickets available on door or in advance | see theopenwest.org.uk

Ten exhibiting artists talk about their work in the exhibition, their current and future projects, and open the floor for questions and debate

the open west runs an education programme to encourage participation at a hands on level by Gloucestershire schoolchildren, publishes a limited edition catalogue of artists’ prints and organises an artist’s residency at the Meantime Project Space in Cheltenham.
the open west 2012 is supported by Gloucester Cathedral, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, University of Gloucestershire, Marketing Gloucester, Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Ecotricity, Severnprint and Griffith Clarke


[email protected]
07594 354 791 | 0771 424 2522
follow us on twitter

Source: the open west