Summer Marathon 2020 / Calls & Submissions
Formerly the Contemporary Visions annual group exhibition, the annual open call (now in its 10th year) has merged to encompass the highly successful SUMMER MARATHON*, which debuted at the gallery in 2019 to outstanding reception. The inaugural summer marathon presented a revitalized approach to the traditional ‘group show’ format, presenting international artists in back-to-back solo exhibitions (in lieu of one group show) during the summer period. Through this unconventional approach, each of the exhibiting artists was able to fulfill their vision and stage a complete solo exhibition for a one-week period. Many works were sold to both private and public collections, Florence Hutchings had a sell-out exhibition and Jan Sebastian Koch whose first-ever solo show was a near sell-out.
The BEERS London Annual Open intends to explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary art across all artistic disciplines. Artists anywhere in the world are invited to submit an application for consideration, and applicants will be vetted by a jury of artistic professionals, and selected artists will exhibit in a one-week solo exhibition at Beers London gallery in the heart of East London’s vibrant art community during the 2020 SUMMER MARATHON. That’s right: at least 6 artists will be selected to present week-long solo exhibitions over the summer of 2020.
In the past, applicants and exhibitors have gone on to solo-exhibitions or inclusions in art-fairs with BEERS London; inclusion in gallery Director Kurt Beers’ various publications like 100 Painters of Tomorrow / 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow; placement in public or private collections; representation by Beers London or other galleries; and countless opportunities with other galleries. Last year alone, Milo Matthieu and Marion Fink were discovered through the open call and are now represented by Beers London.