Theme: Disability 

24 April - 6 May 2012
Portobello Gallery, Thorpe Close

The 2012 Shape Open, the first year of our group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists. From the abstract to the figurative, the personal to the political, work in the Open investigated a range of ideas surrounding themes related to the Oxford dictionary's definition of disability:


noun (plural disabilities)

  • A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities: children with severe physical disabilities [mass noun]: differing types of disability
  • A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law: the plaintiff was under a disability’.

Winning Artists: Ilsun Maeng & Lauren Nicholas (selected by Daniel Lancaster from HSBC and Chris Bailey from the Westway Trust).

People's Choice Award Winner: Luna Jung-eun Lee.

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Banner image: Left is the work of joint winner Lauren Nicholas, and to the right is Ilsun Maeng's Portrait.

Funds for both prizes were provided by HSBC. Other members of the Shape Open selection committee comprised of Tony Heaton, Ben Fredericks and Shiri Shalmy (from Shape) and Rob Best (from Portobello Gallery).