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Xhibit 2018: the most exciting UAL talent revealed

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Published date 08 March 2018

Xhibit – the annual exhibition showcasing the best emerging talent from UAL – returns on 19 April.

I-Jing Lee, London College of Fashion, UAL. Inspired by equestrian clothing and the spirit of Dadaism.

Run by Arts SU, Xhibit 2018 is open to all students, studying at any level, across all disciplines. With no set brief – artists are free to explore any topic and express it through any medium. The result is a powerful collection of work, featuring 32 artists from across all of UAL’s six world-leading colleges.

Klara Vith, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. Letterpress deconstructing speech passages of U.S President, Donald Trump and the truth/lies behind the words.

In celebration of its 21st year, Xhibit 2018 is characterised by its heightened political atmosphere – a heady reflection of the ever increasing mood within contemporary art practice.

Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Mixed media [silicone] sculpture dissecting “ideals of the black body and commodification of the black experience”.

From a mixed media sculpture exploring domestic violence; a virtual reality experience demonstrating institutional racism; to a product prototype designed to alter the physical appearance of your pet – Xhibit 2018 artists have made bold statements bound to provoke audiences.


Yugi Deng, Central Saint Martins, UAL. Industrial design that looks to change and morph the size, shape and feel of your pet.

Each artist has been hand selected by an expert panel of artists, curators and creative industry professionals, including Director of Tate Modern and UAL Honorary, Frances Morris.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern; Photo: Hugo Glendigging.

The largest provider of talent into the creative industries, UAL is ranked number 6 in the world for art and design. Xhibit 2018 will provide a snapshot of just some of the talent that has helped affirm UAL as a world leader in creative education.

Carlos Alba, London College of Communication, UAL. Mixed media sculpture incorporating diary entries and X-rays to expose a woman’s painful journey through domestic violence.

Event details: Xhibit 2018

19 April – 12 May 2018
Art Bermondsey Project Space
183-185 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UW

Xhibit 2018 artists receive:

  • Place in the Xhibit 2018 exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space
  • Tailored industry advice session by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern
  • Place on the Xhibit 2018 Professional Development Day
  • Year membership to V&A

Annie Marie-Akussah, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Mixed media collage which speaks to narratives of migration.

Xhibit 2018 judging panel

Frances Morris – Director of Tate Modern, UAL Honorary
Amal Khalaf – Project Curator, Serpentine Galleries, Co-director for Global Art Forum 10, Founding member of art collective GCC
Mike von Joel – Editor in Chief, STATE/f22 Art & Director of Art Bermondsey Project Space
Patrick Laing – Product designer, working across Industrial Product, Spatial, Homeware, Jewellery to VR Game Design
Nadia-Anne Ricketts – Founder and creator of BeatWoven
Leah Kahn – Activities Sabbatical Officer, Arts SU

Xhibit 2018 artists

Annie-Marie Akussah | Carlos Alba | Rita Ataide Novais | Tabitha Beresford-Webb | Johanna Blaha | Anke Buchmann | Thomas Cardew | Rafael Morales Cendejas | Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark | Sophie Colfer | Yuqi Deng | Lara Geary | Penny Hartley | Eva He | Miles Johnson | Jo Lane | Vera Lee | Ciara McNeill | Orelie Pascale | Chris Makin | Rosie McGinn | Catherine Miller | Mayli Mountford | Katarina Rankovic | Anatolii Shabalin | Carlos Sebastia | Gwenllian Spink | Roisin Sullivan | Anna Tamas-Katzer | Kris Tralewski | Klara Vith | Haocheng Wu

Jo Lane, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Graphite, holographic sketch of African hair, challenging Western notions of beauty.