The evening reception for the 2011 Open Show was held on 15th July. I was only able to be there for the first 30-40 minutes but it was getting pretty lively even then. The Open Show contains a really diverse range of work and this was the first time I'd had a chance to look at it. I sat in on the first of the selection meetings so knew that it'd be high quality since much of what we had to turn down even at that stage was pretty good. I missed the rest of the selection meetings and don't envy those who had to narrow the shortlist down to what we could actually fit in the gallery. I can certainly recommend anyone get to the show: it demonstrates the range of contemporary art in the UK.
I managed to take a few pictures before I left. Unfortunately, I obviously messed up the settings getting the camera out of my bag and didn't think to check (something I remind myself to do each time I screw up) them so the early pictures are dark and fuzzy. I just hope Matt got going with his camera after I left. Anyway, here's a selection. The rest are in a special Flickr set. The Flickr pics are reduced in size to max 1024 px so if anyone wants the original photo (unlikely, given the quality), let me know.
Again, apologies about the quality.