2020 Open Exhibition Selectors


Graham Dean – Visual Artist

Graham Dean has been exhibiting internationally for over 45 years and his work is in many prominent museum and private collections throughout the World.

After an initial decade of painting acrylic on canvas, life size  ‘urban realist’ paintings that brought him to the attention of critics and galleries he decided to switch to making ambitious watercolour paintings in the mid-eighties. These were often on a very large scale completely turning the image and concept of watercolours on their head, with images that were ripped and torn and glued into position and often exhibited and hung unframed. 

Dean has also made several short films centred around his paintings and collaborated with musicians Peter Gabriel and David Rhodes, and choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller on numerous film and stage productions. His awards have included the Abbey Award in Painting at the British School in Rome, and the International Scholarship at the Vermont Studio centre. Graham Dean’s watercolour Rise II, 1999, from the Ferens permanent collection, will be exhibited in Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change, from 17 August 2019.http://grahamdean.com/








Angela Kingston - Freelance Curator

Angela Kingston is a freelance curator of thematic touring exhibitions, in which she likes to combine a variety of art forms, from painting and sculpture to video and performance. Ferens Art Gallery has presented four exhibitions curated by her: The Animators (2006), Underwater (2011), 3am (2014) and Is This Planet Earth? (2019). These exhibitions have featured artists right at the beginning of their careers and also international figures such as Francis Alÿs, Dorothy Cross, Ellen Gallagher and Bill Viola. Angela also writes essays for catalogues and articles for art magazines. www.angelakingston.co.uk

Kenn Taylor – Creative Director, Artlink, Hull

Kenn Taylor has worked on participatory and socially-engaged arts and heritage projects for nearly fifteen years. Originally from Merseyside, he has lived and worked in several cities and worked with organisations including FACT, National Museums Liverpool, The Tetley, Metal Culture and Sir John Soane’s Museum. His work as a producer and curator informs his writing on culture, community, participation and the urban environment which has appeared in outlets including: The Guardian, New Statesman, Museums Journal and Liverpool University Press.

Kenn is a recipient of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education and received a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant to research socially-engaged arts practice in Detroit and Chicago in 2016. Kenn has also delivered talks, lectures and workshops in his subject areas for organisations including Leeds University, Engage, the Museums Association, and the Arts Council of Wales. Kenn is currently Vice Chair of Creative Case North, exploring the creative case for diversity in the North of England and was Chair of Cultural Collisions Hull, the strategic group of Hull-based cultural organisations, from 2017 – 2019.www.kenn-taylor.com