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Visions in the Nunnery

The call for entries for Visions 2020 is now open! We invite submissions of moving image, digital installation and performance art for the Visions in the Nunnery 2020 exhibition.

We are delighted to announce the first lead artist for Visions 2020 as 2019 Jarman Award winner Hetain Patel. Bolton-born and London-based Patel is known for his beautifully shot films and resonating performances, which look to connect marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom.

Visions 2020's second lead artist is technical innovator Nye Thompson. Thompson’s work is celebrated for its often weird and unsettling effect, as she pushes the boundaries of digital art by creating data-generating artist software systems to explore the often hidden impact of new technologies. For Visions she will show a new work commissioned by The Lowry’s WEEK 53 Festival, /artefact, which virtually builds a colossal dividing wall on the un-walked territories of Mars.

Watch this space for the announcement of the final lead artist in May...

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Though the Nunnery Gallery is currently closed due to the covid-19 crisis, our Visions 2020 open call remains open. We hope to deliver Visions as planned in late September; dates are subject to change but we will keep all entrants updated. At a time when keeping art and culture alive is more important than ever, we believe in the significance of celebrating and showing artwork from across the world. Should it be necessary to cancel the show, all entrants would be reimbursed their entrance fee. Please email for more information.

About Visions in the Nunnery

Established in 1999, Visions in the Nunnery is a renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art, selected from an international open call.

The show offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance, with works selected from across the world. Over the years Visions has exhibited artists including Oreet Ashery, Tacita Dean, Ori Gersht, Dryden Goodwin, Susan Hiller, Mikhail Karikis, Tina Keane, Lawrence Lek, Uriel Orlow and Heather Phillipson, many at the very early stages of their careers.

Now a biennial staple of the Nunnery Gallery programme, the next Visions will be the 12th edition, showing from 24 Sep to 13 Dec 2020 in the Nunnery Gallery. Drawing on its rich history, Visions now invites three established artists to lead programmes for each exhibition, setting the tone and themes for the open call.

Visions in the Nunnery is curated by artist and selector Tessa Garland with Sophie Hill, Director of Arts + Events at Bow Arts. For Visions 2020 artist and curator Kamila Kuc will also be joining the selection team, helping to programme the 2020 exhibition. 

We would like to acknowledge previous Visions supporters Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF), Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), LUX, Jane England Gallery and Queen Mary University of London.