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Xhibit 2017: 20 years of championing future creatives

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Published date 22 March 2017

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Xhibit – the annual exhibition showcasing the best emerging talent from UAL.

Clarissa Hassan, London College of Communication, BA Illustration and Visual Media

Run by Arts SU, Xhibit 2017 is open to all students, studying at any level, across all disciplines. Opening on 21 April Xhibit will feature 32 artists from across all of UAL’s six world-leading colleges.

The largest provider of talent into the creative industries, UAL was recently ranked number 6 in the world for art and design. Xhibit 2017 will provide a snapshot of just some of the talent that has helped affirm UAL as a world leader in creative education.

Lukas Kratochvil, London College of Communication, BA Photography

From a mixed media installation exploring the lack of individualism across social media, to photography questioning ethical eating, and illustration demonstrating the way modern women’s bodies are portrayed – each artist has been hand selected by an expert panel of artists, curators and creative industry professionals.

Moe Elhossieny Ahmed, Central Saint Martins, MA Graphic Design Communication

Joining the judging panel is UAL Chancellor and Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry, who describes this year’s Xhibit collection as:

“Stylish. A lot of the work has real panache. It’s good to see that young people still surprise you and do stuff that you might want to look at again. I was looking for artists who showed dedication, application and skill. And for those that had visual poetry.

People need to come to Xhibit to take the temperature of where young people are at. That’s what I’m interested in – for my own selfish purposes! I’m curious about what’s going on in the young collective mind.”

Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor chats to Chelsea College of Arts MA Textile Design graduates at the 2016 UAL summer shows

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Xhibit is also proud to have partnered with leading digital media company, Refinery29. Global executive creative director and co-founder, Piera Gelardi will award one UAL Xhibit artist with the R29 Vision Award, intended to celebrate diversity and original thought.

The R29 Vision Award winner will be specially selected to work on an exclusive project in collaboration with Refinery29.

All Xhibit artists will be recorded as future suppliers for Refinery29; offered a supporting professional development workshop programme run by Arts SU and will each receive a year’s membership to the V&A.

Jade Rowing, London College of Fashion, BA Fashion Illustration

This years Xhibit judging panel, comprises of:

  • Grayson Perry – UAL Chancellor, Turner Prize-winning artist, CBE RA
  • Dr David Dibosa – Course Leader, MA Curating & Collections, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL,
    BBC’s Big Painting Challenge judge
  • Kate Goodwin – Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator, Royal Academy of Arts
  • Eamonn Maxwell – Independent Curator & Arts SU President 1999-2000
  • Mike von Joel – Editor in Chief, STATE/f22
  • Leah Kahn – Activities Officer, Arts SU

Bob Bicknell-Knight, Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

Xhibit 2017 artists are:

Moe Elhossieny Ahmed | Caitlin Akers | Olga B | Bob Bicknell-Knight | Marlene Binder | Anke Buchmann | Edoardo Buttinelli | India Copley | Maryana Dmitrusenko | Mae Eade | Jorge Alejandro Escobar |Clarisse Hassan | Stella Kapezanou | Youngmi Kim | Lukas Kratochvil | Charlie Lang | Xiao Lin | Jamie Francis Measure-Hughes | Harriette Meynell | Ralph Overill | Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos |Marco Pantaleoni | Rebecca Perrone | Katarina Rankovic | Jade Rowing | Nora Schmel | Jojo Taylor |Veronica Toppino | Zhou Wang | Congcong Wu | Pearline Yeo | Lena Yokoyama

Jorge Alejandro Escobar, Camberwell College of Arts, MA Fine Art Digital

Event details: Xhibit 2017

21st April – 14th May 2017
Art Bermondsey Project Space
183-185 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UW

Xhibit is thrilled to be housed in the Art Bermondsey Project Space, in continuation of its proud working relationship with Arts SU.