MOSTYN Open 19 and We’ve Got Mail II

MOSTYN Open 19 and We’ve Got Mail II


Fay Nicholson, Untitled (appearance I), 2015. C-type print on metallic paper, 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

March 15, 2015

MOSTYN Open 19
We’ve Got Mail II

14 March–5 July 2015

MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
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MOSTYN Open 19

Participating artists:
Caroline Allen, Mark Beldan, Hannah Birkett, Jorge Lizalde Cano, Ciriaca + Erre, Briony Clarke, Teresa Cos, Maria Ana Vasco Costa, Fiona Curran, Peter Doubleday, Mark Doyle, Alex Duncan, Catrin Llwyd, Rosie Farey, Carlos Noronha Feio, Rebecca Gould, Shreepad Joglekar, Gethin Wyn Jones, Justyna Kabala, Debbie Locke & Sara Dudman, Robert Lye, McGilvary/White, Lindsey Mendick, Fay Nicolson, Timea Anita Oravecz, David Paddy, Simon Parish, Alice Pedroletti, Jonathan Phillips, Susan Phillips, Serena Porrati, Steph Shipley, Tim Simmons, Kristian Smith, Matthew Smith, Catrine Val, Dominic Watson, Ben Woodeson

Since its inception in 1989, the MOSTYN Open has functioned as a call-out to artists of any age and residing place to enter, with an exhibition of the selected artworks taking place at MOSTYN, and a prize of 10,000 GBP awarded to a single artist or collective. A prize of 1,000 GBP will also be awarded to the People’s Choice, which will be determined by the artist who receives the most votes from the visiting public during the exhibition’s run.

This year, MOSTYN Open 19 took the idea of being “open” a step further. For the first time the gallery invited work from a wide range of disciplines to be considered; from fine and applied arts, to design, fashion and graphic communication. The works selected reflect this diversity, as well as the international reach of the Open, with artists from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the USA, as well as from across the UK.

MOSTYN Open 19 has been selected by Marinella Senatore, artist; Claire Norcross, designer; Philip Hughes, Director of Ruthin Craft Centre; Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator of MOSTYN; Alfredo Cramerotti, Director of MOSTYN, and the visiting audience for the People’s Choice.


We’ve Got Mail II
We’ve Got Mail II is a part of MOSTYN’s History Series of exhibitions, which explore the history and heritage of the gallery’s impressive building, originally built in 1902 and extended in 2010. This new exhibition refers to part of the gallery’s former use as a Royal Mail sorting office.  

We’ve Got Mail I (MOSTYN, 2104) presented a history of the Royal Mail through artefacts, documentation and ephemera together with artworks by contemporary artists whose work references the postal mail. This second exhibition of four primarily focuses on the postcard and explores the town of Llandudno as a seaside resort.

We’ve Got Mail II (MOSTYN, 2014) explores the seaside postcard and related local histories. Spotlight sections feature Llandudno families with long traditions in the seaside business, including Punch & Judy, donkeys on the beach and theatrical entertainment. Each subject is explored through the presentation of postcards, text and objects. Also shown will be a number of classic examples of the postcard in the visual arts with works by Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, Sophie Calle, Robert Filliou, Richard Hamilton and Lawrence Weiner. 

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and features texts by the exhibition’s curator Adam Carr (Visual Arts Programme Curator), Alfredo Cramerotti (Director of MOSTYN) and Jane Matthews (Co-curator and History Researcher). To order, please contact: shop [​at​]

We’ve Got Mail II forms part of MOSTYN’s audience development programme—History Series Project 2014–17. Both the exhibition and the overall programme are made possible through the generous support of Arts Council of Wales Lottery Grant.


About MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
MOSTYN in Llandudno, North Wales (UK) is the leading, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery in Wales and serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary life through international contemporary art and curatorial practice.

Through exhibitions, learning programme, lectures, symposia and publications, MOSTYN plays an active role in discussing contemporary culture in Wales, the UK and beyond.

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