2022 Open Exhibition Selectors


Sabine Bieli, Visual Artist

Sabine is an artist from Switzerland based in Hull since 2001. The overarching theme of her work is
the interplay of light and matter. Many of her sculptures and installations take the form of spatial
drawings or of three-dimensional projections.

Over the past 20 years, she has exhibited in numerous venues and settings in the UK and abroad.
The first opportunity to develop and show new work in the UK was in Hull, at the 54° North
Festival (2003), an international art event organised by local artists and held in an abandoned
warehouse. It opened doors to fruitful exchanges and further opportunities.

Sabine’s ‘Blue Moon’ was awarded a prize at the Ferens Open exhibition 2019. More recently, you
may have seen her working in an empty shop unit in Hull city centre. Taking part in the ‘Vacant
Space’ programme run by Axisweb provided an opportunity to expand her practice and culminated
in a solo exhibition on those premises in early 2020.


see also: www.axisweb.org/artist-of-the-month/2019/sabine-jeanne-bieli/







Dr Rosy Gray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norfolk

Rosy is a curator who has developed exhibitions, projects and commissions across a range of public institutions, including Ferens Art Gallery as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. Rosy is currently based in the East of England at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Recent commissioning projects include Laura Wilson’s Deepening for New Geographies, a major partnership project led by Wysing Arts Centre. Rosy has written widely on representations of dress and the body, with current research interests focusing on contemporary landscape.








Andy Train, Pride in Hull Co Vice-Chair / Creative Director

Andy Train is a local self-confessed collector of characters and costumes. Influenced by the extraordinary adventures of an ordinary man, the Mr Benn of Hull, has been a registered nurse, a stand-up comedian, is a voice over artist, living statue, licensed Fat Controller for Thomas & Friends, a trainer of first aid, resuscitation, conflict resolution and LGBTQIA+ awareness.

Since coming out in 2002 Andy’s known for his voluntary work as the Hull & East Riding LGBTQIA+ Forum Chair, and Pride in Hull Co Vice-Chair / Creative Director. Often seen in gold, red, rainbow or just turning the handle of his music box, he’s keen to see art play its part both in the community and in how it brings people together for a quality shared experience.  Andy recently worked with museum colleagues on the development of Pride in Our City digital and on site exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery (on display 14 August – 5 December 2021).