I recently attended some exhibitions that have had me thinking about the next generation of artists. ‘New Contemporaries’ is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice across UK art schools and is currently supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Its annual exhibition showcases artwork by recent graduates of art courses from all over the country; this year’s exhibition opened on the 26th January at an artist-run project space known as ‘Block 336’ in Brixton.
Since 1949, the organisation has acted as an important early showcase for current and recent UK art school graduates, and its list of alumni speaks for itself; Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry to name just a few. This year 47 young artists are exhibiting a diverse collection of work, including social media friendly computer programs and cartoon strip paintings. As a gallerist it is exciting to observe the thoughts and feelings of a younger generation being expressed through art. It is often the most direct way for different generations to communicate.
I also attended an exhibition at Coutts & Co. that featured recent winners of the HIX Award, which it has sponsored for the past few years. Now in its 6th year, the award gives both current students and new graduates the opportunity to exhibit in a group show, hosted by HIX ART in Shoreditch.
Back at my own gallery, I am very excited for our next project, Fair Play; the inaugural exhibition of Women in Art Fair, which will explore notions of ‘femininity’ through the work of twelve female artists.
The Women in Art Fair is a new initiative dedicated to redressing the gender imbalance in the art industry. The organisation aims to create a positive global platform from which female artists are given an opportunity to show their work.
At Fair Play, each artist offers a unique perspective on the female experience and what it means to be a woman artist today. My gallery will be showcasing the work of Helen Benigson, Lydia Brockless, Emma Corrall, Maisie Cousins, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Amanda Horowitz, Anita Klein, Sara Pope, Alicia Reyes Mcnamara, Cherelle Sappleton, Rebecca Scheinberg, and Jaeyeon Yoo.