A Breath of Fresh AIR


The appointment of Artists In Residence (AIR) for the 18th, 19th and 20th National Open Art Exhibitions at Somerset House, the Royal College of Art and Mercers' Hall respectively, brings a unique, third dimension to the NOA Exhibitions and provides artists with another opportunity to progress their creative journeys and gain more experience and exposure.


Following this success, we will be opening our doors once again and will be inviting four talented artists to the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in the heart of London. Here, our artists will be in residence from 17 - 26 November, sharing their most intimate creative processes with us.





Applications for NOA17 are now open. Please download the application form here and submit to [email protected] with all the requirements listed within the form by 6pm on 4 October 2017.


Please be sure to read and consider the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page before making your application.


Many thanks,


The NOA Team


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NOA AIR 2016 | Mercers' Hall | 27 - 30 October / 1 - 4 November 2016


Artist Statement


I am an interdisciplinary artist who draws upon my background, working as a doctor, scientist (MBBS Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. Sri Lanka 1983, MSc & MPhil 1994 & 1996) & artist (MA 2004) in the east (Sri Lanka my native country) and the west (UK, my adoptive country of 34 years). I use many different techniques of printmaking, from traditional methods (etching, aquatint, drypoint, silk screen, lithography, mezzotint) to contemporary techniques such as Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) methods: laser cutting, sandblasting etc. I apply these skills mostly to paper, harness textile & stitch techniques to them; and sometimes incorporate metal work, glass & enameling methods too.


My art examines how the body occupies and navigates through architectural structures. I challenge the notion of boundaries or territories, blur the edges in a non-invasive manner, by using lighting, shadows, mirrors and sound-waves to breach these liminal spaces and question the definition of ‘margins’ between the inside and outside.


The work often oscillates between the vertical & horizontal planes, adapting between reversible 2D and 3D structures, and are frequently interactive installations. Once a body of work is developed to a point where a distinct ‘voice’ is acquired, then the reader or the viewer is invited to take over the final artistic license. They may alter the sequence, alignment, add/subtract, or inscribe/erase etc. The pieces follow a loose narrative, where the ‘pages’ are bound in a manner that allow this re-formatting and alternate story telling. Sometimes ‘codex’ book-forms are converted into concertina (leporello) formats by withdrawal of a detachable spine, which ‘undresses’ the book, to reveal hidden spaces, providing both a private & public reading respectively.


Current Bio


Sumi Perera obtained a MA from the Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2004, following a medical & scientific career: MBBS, Sri Lanka 1983, MSc & MPhil London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 1993 & 1996.


Perera exhibits internationally and has won several awards, prizes & residencies. She has work held in many public collections, including the Tate Britain (8 works), the Victoria & Albert Museum (10 works) and the Yale Centre for British Art (2 works). She has exhibited at the Summer Exhibition in 2013 & the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy annually; and participated in many international biennials (New Zealand & Ireland this year) & triennials (Chicago & Serbia).


She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Painters-Printmakers, the Society of Designer Craftsmen, a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists, Prism International & the 62 Group. She is the first recipient of a guest-artist 6 week full-residency and solo show in Venice at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, awarded to an RE member.


She has been an invited to exhibit, talk and run masterclasses at several international art festivals: the Stroud International Textile Festival last year, and Impress 2016 the International Print Festival.


In 2007 she taught an artistbook module at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, and curated a show that toured to 12 international venues.


She curated PhotoGraphics, for The Printmakers Council (PmC) in 2013 She was the featured artist for the PmC (Printmakers Council 2016), Bath Contemporary Arts (2016) and the London Print Studio (2013)

She has exhibited and participated in several IMPACT conferences on printmaking, and won numerous awards at many of the Society of Bookbinders International Conference & Competition over the years.


She was awarded the Prix de Print in the USA by K.Alkauskas MoMA New York 2015, and featured in Art in Print. Her work is represented by Central Booking, New York and Bankside Gallery, London; Bath Contemporary Arts.


She is the winner of the Flourish Award 2015, Printmaker of the Year, for excellence in Printmaking-Solo Show & Residency: LIMINAL SPACES.

A 10 year retrospective of collaborative works: Sumi Perera et al. [SuperPress EDITIONS] was showcased at the University of West England, Bristol from the 1st September-30th October.


Her work will tour the USA during 2017-2019, within the exhibition GLOBAL MATRIX IV.


NOA Residency


As a previous NOA exhibiting artist (Royal College of Art, London 2013 & Works on Paper Fair, Science Museum 2014) I am delighted to be selected as an Artist In Residence this year. NOA is a unique organisation open to a diverse spectrum of artists that showcase not only the selected works, but also the shortlisted works on the website. I am humbled and feel privileged to be part of this democratic exhibition of such a high calibre and inclusive nature.  I look forward to occupying an alternate red carpet and working within this domain during my period as Artist in Residence.


Web: www.saatchionline.com/sumiperera   Email: [email protected]  




NOA AIR 2016 | Mercers' Hall | 29 - 31 October / 1 - 4 November 2016


Artist Statement


To find an environment in which you can be completely isolated from human interference and get closer to understanding the natural world is a goal shared by many. However, through my own excursions to various mountainous regions to escape and recharge, I have come to realise that this environment will never fully exist. Within my paintings I aim to capture what can’t fully be there, a glimpse into a natural solitary environment that can become both familiar in comfort yet distant in reach.


Oil Paint is my primary medium, however along the creative process I use a variety of materials especially when on long works exploring mountains. I’m always with my trusty camera to capture the light and sketchbooks for quick work and annotations. I see my work away from the canvas as preparatory work for my paintings, using it to aid composition and colour helping to create a more emotional response, allowing the paintings to materialise naturally.


Artist Bio


Becky Rose was born in Essex in 1985, she studied her Foundation Diploma in Brighton in 2004 and graduated from Falmouth University in 2007. Rose moved to Chichester after her degree and built her own studio in the back garden, where she still paints today. In 2009 Rose had her first solo show at The Joy Gallery, Chichester, and has had numerous group shows along the South Coast including Artwave West, Dorset and the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton.


It wasn’t until 2014 that Rose decided to leave her full time job to focus more on her art career and since then she has been Shortlisted for The Royal Academy Exhibition 2015, the National Open Art 2016, and has just finished her second solo show at Strong Island, Southsea.


NOA Residency


I can’t wait to get stuck into this amazing opportunity offered by NOA, and be part of their 20th year in being a great platform for artists at all stages of their career. The residency will allow me to have a very different environment to create my work in, as I’m use to being in a solitary setting and being in control of my working surroundings. I’m expecting it to be an intense experience, challenging me to create in a very public location and I can’t wait to see the results.


Web: www.beckyrose.co.uk   Email: [email protected]  


AIR Terms and Conditions

Terms, Conditions and Important Information about the National Open Art Artists In Residence (AIR) Programme.


This year, we will be inviting the 650 shortlisted artists to apply for the residency as well as those who have registered their interest directly.


You will be invited to submit an application in September.


Availability | You are required to be available from the 17 – 26 November to participate in the NOA17 Artists In Residence Programme. We will require at least two of the four participating artists to be in the studio at one time during the 10 day exhibition. We are of course flexible when it comes to arriving late / leave early due to transport for example. (Don't worry, we are very friendly!) Please check the website for the exact dates and times of the exhibition. If you are one of the successful applicants Cloe Barrett will liaise with you and the other artists to organise a schedule for your residencies with your fellow AIR.


Your Studio Space | You will be working in a dedicated studio space in Room 9 at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf from 17 – 26 November. There is plenty of space and the room is moderately heated, but bring layers and dress warm! There are lots of electric points and a WC in the building with good coffee shops and eats on the doorstep. More information about Room 9 and your studio space to come.

You can expect visitors to observe you working and they many will have questions; we are keen for you to enthusiastically engage with visitors and invite them to talk to you about your work and your creative process. We understand this doesn’t suit everyone! So, it is worth thinking about whether this role is something you’d like to fulfill and add to your experiences. Please use your residency as a continuation of the body of work you submit for the application. Please do feel free to bring business cards and flyers to hand out and sketchbooks etc. for visitors to look through and go mad on social media!

Please follow the link for directions and more information about this year’s venue.


Marketing | We will be supporting the marketing of the Artists In Residence as part of the promotion of the 21st National Open Art Exhibition and will provide marketing material for you to use in your own newsletters and across your own social media outlets.


Sales | The Chichester Art Trust will take a 10% commission on any sales during the exhibition and any commissions taken during the exhibition. We cannot however, guarantee any sales nor can we promote them over the works on sale at the exhibition.


Expenses | We are a Not for Profit Charity, and apologise that we are currently unable to contribute to any expenses. We are aware that expenses can spiral with potential accommodation and transport costs. It may be rather expensive for some, and we completely understand if you are unable to commit due to financial reasons. Please be sure to fully cost the residency before you apply to avoid disappointment. However, we are always looking for sponsorship and if our circumstances change, we may consider a contribution to reimbursing NOA AIR expenses. But at this stage there is no guarantee.


Benefits | What we can do for you, is to provide you with this great platform with lots of exposure, potential press opportunities, extensive networking, new audiences and buyers, and a wonderful, unforgettable experience. In addition, you will be eligible for inclusion in other Pop Up Exhibitions we have throughout the year, although inclusion is unfortunately not guaranteed.


Supporting an Arts Charity | It will be looked on favourably if the artist applicant has supported the charity by either entering (past or present) or by donating to the charity. Please see the Terms and Conditions of entry here. It is important to note that you must be Living or working in the UK or Ireland to enter the National Open Art Competition.

It will also be looked at favourably if the artist applicant is signed up to the NOA News and actively supports our social media outlets.


Social Media | Please find us on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Pinterest and ‘like’ our page (if you have social media sites).


You will be required to accept our terms and conditions if you are selected as an Artist In Residence. National Open Art has the right to withdraw from any agreement at any given time.


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