The biennial open submission exhibition, EMERGENCY5, is a key element of aspex’s programme, providing emerging artists with an opportunity to bring their work to wider attention through exhibition at aspex since 2003.




14 November – 24 January 2010

Charlotte C Mortensson, Chloe Brooks, Eunju Yoo, Femmy Otten, Glad Fryer, Jack Southern, Karin Kihlberg, Katie Davies, Katie Pratt, Reuben Henry

During the summer of 2009 aspex invited emerging artists working in all media to submit work for EMERGENCY4. Over five hundred submissions from around the world were received. The panel of selectors included David Blandy, artist; Deborah Smith, freelance curator; Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford; and Joanne Bushnell, Director,who met at the beginning of September to view over 2,500 submitted works. 

Ten artists from the UK, Europe and Asia were chosen for inclusion in the group show.

From these short-listed artists Karen Kihlberg & Reuben Henry were chosen to receive the prize of a solo exhibition at  in 2011,which was announced at the exhibition preview on Friday 13 November. 

Karen & Reuben’s show, entitled AfterImage consisted of a video installation, which traced the many cinemas in operation on Portsea Island between the turn of the 20th century and their post-war decline, and was on exhibition at aspex from 9 April until 26 June 2011.

Troxy Super Cinema, AfterImage, Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry







1 December 2007 – 27 January 2008

Benjamin Senior, Cathy Ward, Dolly Thompsett, Eric Wright, Jennifer Douglas, Jock Mooney, Magali Reus, Paul Becker, Pil & Galia Kollectiv

EMERGENCY3 was aspex’s third open submission biennial exhibition, organised to promote the work of emerging artists. From over six hundred entries from around the world, eight artists and artists’ collectives were selected for the show, one of which was awarded the prize of a solo show at aspex. 

While EMERGENCY3 was not a curated exhibition, work was selected not only on its own merits but also for the way it would fit together with the other chosen works. This process involved looking at the work submitted by each of the artists (some three-thousand pictures and videos), discussing it, and identifying connections and themes. The exhibition brought together painting, sculpture, installation, video, printing, drawing and model-making, to illustrate a wide range of concerns and interests being explored by some of the most innovative contemporary artists working today.

The selectors of EMERGENCY3 were Harold Offeh, artist; Paul Hedge, Co-director of Hales Gallery, London; Hannah Firth, Curator, Chapter and Wales at Venice Biennale 2007; Joanne Bushnell, Director. EMERGENCY3 was won by Cathy Ward & Eric Wright, who exhibited Tender Vessels at aspex between 18 April and 14 June 2009.

Tender Vessels, Cathy Ward & Eric Wright

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