Each year Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery invites an independent panel of artists, writers, producers, curators and arts professionals from outside the Midlands to review the submissions and select the work for the Nottingham Castle Open. A fundamental principle of the show is that these panellists must be from outside the region, bringing an impartial yet ‘critical eye’ to the selection.

We choose experienced and knowledgeable selectors who have a relevant specialist, critical, practical and/or academic background in the Visual Arts. Changing the selectors each year brings a fresh approach to the exhibition as the panel’s own tastes and interests shape the exhibition itself, and their choice will demonstrate this diversity of ideas and methods.

Previous selectors have included Deb Covell, Ben Woodeson, Kerry Harker, Rob Dingle, Kirsty Ogg, Sean Edwards, Antony Micallef, Roger Malbert, Emily Speed, Holly Slingsby, Dan Perfect, Lina Peterson, Laura Sillars, Clarissa Corfe, Sheila McGregor, Gordon Cheung, Simon Roberts, Hew Locke, Sutupa Biswas, Jo Bushnell, Deirdre Figueiredo & Shelly Goldsmith.



Amy Botfield works in the arts team at Arts Council England where she supports a range of visual arts organisations including Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and OUTPOST in Norwich. In addition to her work with organisations, she regularly provides advice about Grants for the arts and the Artists’ International Development Fund to artists, curators and project managers. Amy has a background in gallery management and art publishing. Recent curatorial and editorial projects include Every bird brings a different melody to the garden (2013), artist books by Lindsay Seers (2012) and Jordan Baseman (2011) and writing on acclaimed sculptor, poet and activist Jimmie Durham for the Hayward Gallery (2010).

Alan Kane questions the hierarchies around forms of artistic production, particularly the distinction between high art and everyday creativity. In his installations and photography, he brings commonplace objects – from crockery, to items from joke shops and appliquéd badges – into artistic contexts. Kane is the co-curator of Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (2000-ongoing), a collection of objects and documents associated with Britain’s local folk culture.

Born 1961 in Nottingham, Kane lives and works in London and Great Yarmouth.  Recent solo shows include: BQ, Berlin (2012); The Modern Institute and New Jersey for Glasgow International Festival (2012); Sadie Coles HQ (with Simon Periton) (2011); and with Jeremy Deller at Turner Contemporary, (Margate), Kunsthalle (Basel),  Barbican Curve Gallery, London; Milton Keynes Gallery, Spacex (Exeter), The Lowry (Salford), and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.  Nottingham Castle commissioned Kane in 2013 for the group exhibition Make Believe, and he is currently exhibiting in the prestigious British Art Show 8 national touring exhibition.

Maeve Rendle was born in London in 1980 and lives and works in Manchester. She studied at Nottingham Trent University (2003) and at Manchester School of Art (2005). Recent exhibitions and projects include The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, Poppositions Art Fair, Brussels, Gretta’s Gabriel, Gabriel’s Gretta, solo exhibition The International 3, Salford. The Third Hand / Last Exit Painting Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Dialogues a section within Art Projects / London Art Fair curated by Anna Colin (2015). On summary in freedom, a solo exhibition at BLACK, Salford (2014), Innsbruck International Biennial (2013), The Way We Do Art Now, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Unframe, a solo exhibition at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool (2010), Unresolved, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and Radical Obsolescence, an editions project by Manchester School of Art in collaboration with Ceri Hand Gallery (2009). 

Maeve Rendle was long-listed for the Northern Art Prize in 2008, was nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Art in 2014, and in 2015 was nominated for the Chisenhale/Spike Island /Whitworth Art Gallery film commission.