‘London Grads Now. 21’ is a graduate-led showcase.
Initially conceived in 2020 as a response to the unprecedented cancellation of degree shows around the capital, the second edition aims to support and highlight emerging artists of today and features fresh work from over 200 MA graduates of seven leading London art schools, all under one roof. All the proceeds from sales of artworks are retained by the artists.
The major exhibition presents a survey of London’s new emerging art scene, with new works selected, spanning moving image, assemblage, installation, performance, painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing. It presents a survey of London’s new emerging art scene and addresses meaningful dialogues of today. Curators have selected artworks focusing on themes including environmentalism, gender identity, post-pandemic reflections, UK racial politics as well as explorations of the human psyche.
The exhibition will include MA graduates from: Goldsmiths University (curated by LaTosha Monique), UAL: Camberwell College of Arts, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts (both curated by Juan Bolivar), UAL: Central Saint Martins (curated by Jingwen Weng & Lingfei Rena Song), UCL: Slade School of Art (curated by Victoria Cantons), Royal College of Art (curated by Thomas Hjelm & Lauren Bevan), and, new to this years’ edition Kingston School of Art (curated remotely from Tehran, Iran by Shahrzad Jahan). The exhibition identity was developed by UAL: Camberwell College of Arts MA graduate Tom White.
Nine galleries across two floors will be utilised for this headline show, with dedicated exhibition space allocated to each school: including new participating school, Kingston University, and a Saatchi Gallery curated space featuring large-scale works from all the schools combined.
London Grads Now. 21 offers a unique insight into exceptional teaching techniques, artistic practices, and cultural approaches – a microcosm of the diversity of London.
|Duration||04 November 2021 - 16 January 2022|
|Cost||£5 Mon-Fri £8 Sat/Sun|
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