Castlefield Gallery Director Helen Wewiora Returns to Judging Panel for 2nd Manchester Open Exhibition

Posted on 4 August 2021

The judging panel has been announced for the Manchester Open Exhibition 2022.

Returning to the judging panel for 2022 are HOME Curator Bren O’Callaghan and Community and Outreach Programme Producer Anne-Louise Kershaw, Oglesby Charitable Trust chair Kate Vokes and Castlefield Gallery Director Helen Wewiora.

There are four new judges on the panel this year, all of whom are artists in their own right; Mollie Balshaw and Rebekah Beasley, co-directors of Short Supply; Venessa Scott, public artist and specialist in Creative Education; and Jessica El Mal, curator, artist and writer based in Manchester.

Submissions for the exhibition are currently open, with artists able to submit in all mediums, including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, digital and mixed media, video and audio, spoken word, and performance, until Friday 17 September.

As well as Helen sitting on the judging panel, Castlefield Gallery supported with winners of the Manchester Open Awards by providing a programme of professional and creative development commissioned by HOME.

Helen Wewiora said: “Following what was an overwhelming response to the Manchester Open 2020, if we think about how much creativity has become so important to so many people over the course of the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns, it is hard to even imagine how many entries might be received for 2022! I am looking forward to what I expect will be another demanding yet equally rewarding judging process, and all at Castlefield Gallery are excited.”

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