Future Map, London’s pre-eminent annual exhibition of the most exciting graduating artists from UAL, returns for its sixteenth year, held at SPACE for the first time and running from 20 March – 6 April. Future Map is supported by Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, three of the world’s most famous art material brands.
Blaise Chatelain, LCC
Future Map has steadily built a reputation amongst industry insiders for identifying artists destined to define our visual landscape, and can be a crucial first career break for an exhibitor. Visual artists who were discovered in previous Future Map exhibitions include Raqib Shaw who went on to exhibit at Tate; Northern Art Prize winner Haroon Mirza, who has exhibited at Lisson Gallery, Mothers Tankstation and the Zabludowicz Collection as well as being a recipient of the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale; Annie Kevans, who has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and Volta, New York, and moving image and installation artist Suki Chan, who has exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and Jerwood Space.
Marcus Dobbs, Camberwell
A uniquely diverse exhibition, this year participants are drawn from nearly 10,000 graduating students from the University’s six Colleges, and will be held at SPACE, a leading visual arts organization providing creative workspace, advocacy, support and promoting innovation.
For the fifth year running the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize of £3,000 will be awarded to one exhibiting graduate, enabling them to continue to develop their work in the months following their graduation, by supporting them financially and facilitating a new limited edition piece by them.
This year’s Future Map exhibiting artists are: Abigail Booth, Adrien Vouillot, Ambra Carboni, Arthur Prior, Ben James, Bethe Bronson, Blaise Chatelain, Charles Moxon, Charlotte Halsey, David Marques, Elizabeth Lands, Esperanza Perkins, Han Byul Kang, Jack Wilkinson, Jamie Hosegood, Jason File, Jessica Roper, Lauren Allen, Libby Ireland, Luke Franklin, Marcus Jordan Dobbs, Nikolas Ventourakis, Redjade Yuan, Sasha Bowles, Sean Lavelle and Zehra Arslan.
Esperanza Perkins, Wimbledon
Lucy Orta, University Chair of Art & the Environment at UAL and part of the exhibition selection panel, said:
“It was a great privilege to be on this year’s Future Map selection panel but also a great challenge to choose a shortlist from a large number of very high quality submissions. The 26 shortlisted artists genuinely deserve the over-used phrase ‘ones to watch’ and will create an eclectic and exciting exhibition that will be absolutely essential for everyone interested in the directions our newest and best artists are taking.”
Anna Harding, Chief Executive of SPACE, said:
“SPACE is pleased to showcase the next generation of artists and designers through Future Map. As pioneers of support for emerging practitioners since 1968 this is close to our heart.”
Sarah Clark, Head of UK Marketing for Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, said:
“We are proud to support Future Map for a second time, as part of our ongoing relationship with UAL. The work that has been chosen to exhibit this year represents some of the best emerging talent from the graduating year of all six of UAL’s prestigious colleges. As some of the world’s most famous art material brands with a history dating back to 1795, we greatly value our relationship with artists and work to support and encourage new talent, creative excellence and the sustainability of art for the future.”
Anita Zabludowicz said:
“As a collection committed to supporting emerging artists we are proud to be able to support the further development of one outstanding UAL graduate through the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize. We are always excited by the variety and consistently high standard of work on show at Future Map and this year’s artists are a really impressive, accomplished group.”
20 March – 6 April
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 12-6pm Sat-Sun
Location: SPACE, 129 – 131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
Nearest tube/train stations: Bethnal Green, Hackney Central, London Fields.
Abigail Booth, Chelsea