The Sussex Open and Rejection

After I had received the rejection letter from The Towner Gallery for the Sussex Open exhibition the other day, rather than feel disappointed at ‘another’ rejection, I thought about writing something based on the context which is in fact, half fact and half fiction. Well, I’m assuming the fiction part is fiction.

I have a friend who is a practising artist, lives in Eastbourne and has submitted work to the Sussex Open since the open call event began about six years ago. He told me he won’t be submitting any artwork for this year’s exhibition and by the sound of his tone, I could only assume that he was becoming resentful about the exhibition. I thought about this, trying to draw up some conclusions. The Sussex Open is solely for artists living in Sussex though it used to be for Eastbourne residents only. The art circles round this area seem quite close-knit so I’d imagine it gets quite competitive even if you have been friends for years. So, imagine being rejected, then, when going along to the Sussex Open exhibition, you see your local rival’s work triumphantly decorating the walls with hoards of art appreciators looking, gaping and admiring these wondrous spectacles but not yours. Then, this whole nightmare starts to get worse as one of your rivals spots you, calls out and proceeds to walk towards you. You clearly notice the smugness on their face added with that reptilian smile.  All you can mumble is, ‘Er yeah, nice one’ though it half chokes you to say it. They reply, ‘Can’t understand why your work isn’t on show, it’s totally insane’ Though you know that that comment is just a blatant lie!

I wonder if this playful scenario was cold reality for my friend?

The Towner Rejection Letter (2017)

For those that haven’t seen these, here’s 50 % of what I would have exihibited:

 

mikajima-house-edited-2016

Title: Once I Was Useful: Mikajima, Saitama, Japan (2016)

Medium: Graphite on paper

Dimensions (Framed): 424 cms x 348 cms

Price (inc. 35% commission):  £250

 

horinouchi-saitama-2016

Title: Once I Was Useful: Horinouchi, Saitama, Japan (2016)

Medium: Graphite on paper

Dimensions (Framed): 424 cms x 348 cms

Price (inc. 35% commission): £250

 

 

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2 Responses to The Sussex Open and Rejection

  1. anomiepete says:

    “this whole nightmare starts to get worse as one of your rivals spots you, calls out and proceeds to walk towards you” This made me chuckle 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pete, I think I’ve pinched some of that narrative from Ricky Gervais’ Extras

    Like

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