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The Class of 2020 is Open to All

Artist Rod Kitson, who has put Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on the map as a venue for art and artists, has now called out for artists to take part in Class of 2020, an exhibition to document a surreal time through the work they have produced this year.
This inclusive group show will run from December 10th to 23rd in south London, and he is looking for entries from artists of all experience levels and styles. There are no other rules for entry – it just has to be something created during this calendar year. Up to five pieces of art can be submitted, so it could be a series of work that tells the creative’s story of 2020.
There is no theme around Covid or lockdown, the subject is completely up to the artist. And the exhibition is not being judged, it is to show what different people have been creating during the year, and to enjoy other people’s unique responses to this unusual time.
Kitson says, ‘All mediums, from drawing to painting, to sculpture and printmaking, and any other weird and wonderful creative practices you may have developed, are welcome… All work submitted will also go into an online catalogue, and we want you to tell your story of 2020 alongside the work. Class of 2020 is about saying: “We were there, we experienced it together – and these were our creative responses”’
Following the huge success Rod had with The Art of Isolation, a lockdown exhibition earlier this year in which 140 artists participated, he will be keeping the format largely the same, with the work hung in a salon style.
The Art of Isolation
That show saw a broad range of ages take part, from 6 to 76, and all experience levels, from the full-time artist to first-time painters, and he hopes to have as broad a spectrum this time around. International artists and people who can’t get their work to the gallery in person can submit with the online only option.
Always keen to help and entertain the locals with his series of community-based art shows over the past 18 months, Rod Kitson has now extended his bonhomie to his peers: ‘After a difficult year financially, I aim to make this a good opportunity for people to sell their work, so in the first week the show will be run as a traditional exhibition with visitors able to view and reserve work they wish to purchase, while in the second week buyers will be able to take the work they have purchased home with them on the day.’
To submit your work, go to
Max size 70cm at longest edge (including frame/case)
£15 per entry (up to 50cm including frame)
£25 per entry (up to 70cm inc frame)
£8 per entry for online only submissions, (any size)
Submissions close on November 30.
See website view The Art of Isolation:
Class of 2020, The Art of Isolation, Unit 38, Upper Floor, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Rotherhithe, SE16 7LL from Dec 10th – 23rd
Opening times: 10am-6pm (5pm Sundays)
Images from The Art of Isolation show: M Holland

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