The annual Contemporary Visions open exhibition has become something of an institution in the East London art calendar - opening each year with a presentation of artists, selected by a changing jury of industry professionals, which intends to identify new trends, names, and talents in art. This year, the ethos changed ever slightly, and put a focus on work that truly challenged and questioned the definition of 'contemporary art' in the current artistic and social climate. This year, the jury has prioritized artists from different cultural, and geographical perspectives, and allowed (the ever prevalent discipline of) 'painting' to comfortably assume something of a lesser role, and included textile, sculpture, video, mixed-media, and other art forms and practices that challenge our expectation of what art - and this exhibition in particular - is willing to present.
Anthony Keith Giannini
**This year, the jury consisted of:
Kurt Beers, gallery Director and author of 100 Painters of Tomorrow (UK);
Claus Busch Risvig, Collector, Sikeborg (Denmark);
Katy Hessel, Curator & Founder of @thegreatwomenartists London (UK);
Kate Mothes, Curator and Art Blogger of Young Space, Wisconsin (USA);
Nicolas Sassoon, 2018 Contemporary Visions exhibitor, Vancouver (Canada);
John Wolf, Art Advisor and Curator, Los Angeles (USA).