The Shape Open 2013

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The Shape Open 2013

181-183 Bow Road
London E3 2SJ
United Kingdom
October 4th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Opening: October 3rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

tower hamlets
020 8980 7774
Tue-Sun 10-5


The Shape Open is an annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme.

This year’s theme ‘Disability Re-assessed’ generated submissions from an exciting international range of artists.  The 2013 Open will showcase a multi-disciplinary selection of works which includes painting, sculpture, textile, digital art and photography. The work represents a rich diversity of opinions, reactions and responses to this highly political and often deeply personal theme, but is united by a clarity, energy and commitment to re-interpreting and re-assessing disability.   

The exhibition launch and prize giving will be held on 3rd Oct at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow between 6-10pm and will be opened by our patron Yinka Shonibare.

Yinka joined Shape CEO Tony Heaton and Nunnery Gallery Director Rosamond Murdoch on the shortlist panel and helped select works for this year’s exhibition.

'The Shape Open Exhibition provides a fantastic platform for disabled artists to show their work. Such exhibitions offer great opportunities for artists to be discovered by institutions and large audiences. Similar exhibitions have helped to contribute to the development of my own personal career'.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Open Patron

‘We received an overwhelming response to the 2013 Shape Open Exhibition call out, and are indebted to Yinka Shonibare MBE and Rosamond Murdoch, the Director of The Nunnery Gallery, who have selected 46 outstanding artists. The work chosen presents a real insight and deeper exploration of the theme ‘Disability Assessed’, particularly pertinent in today’s political climate.’

Tony Heaton OBE, Shape CEO