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Selected artists announced for CB’s graduate art award exhibition: Exceptional

Collyer Bristow announces the artists selected to feature in our upcoming exhibition, Exceptional, who are also shortlisted to receive a £2000 art award.

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Collyer Bristow and curator Rosalind Davis are delighted to announce the selected artists for the 2019 Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award: Exceptional.

 Jackie Berridge, Daisy Billowes, Kim Booker, Lena Brazin, Julie Caves, Fergus Cooper, Theo Ellison, Tom Faber, Nathaniel Faulkner, Emilie Fitzgerald, Aaron Ford, Max Gimson, Camilla Hanney, Willa Hilditch, Charlotte Johnston, Seungwon Jung, Sandra Lane, Robyn Litchfield,  Karen Loader, James Low, Aphra O Connor, Philippa Paterson, Juliette Pearce, Dorian Radu, Joe Richardson, Beth Rodway, Fernando Romero, Rose Schmits, Ben Walker

The artists are graduates from City and Guilds of London Art School, Chelsea College of Art, CSM, Goldsmiths, Kingston University, Royal Drawing School, Royal College of Art, Slade School of Art and Turps Art School.

The winner of the £2000 award and the staff prize will be announced at the private view of the ‘Exceptional’ exhibition on 6 November 6-9pm at the Collyer Bristow Gallery.

The Exceptional 2019 exhibition is a survey of contemporary artists concerns, investigations and tropes across a wide range of media and materiality. Eclectic, experimental and bold this year’s artworks range from tea parties to tigers and transformers! Themes include psychological states and terrains, collapse and suspension, crisis and transformation. Landscapes and labyrinths, technology and the body, place, identity and human life – from the ordinary to metaphysical and mythological, are all examined.

This opportunity is aimed at supporting artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. The competition was free to enter as a reflection of the firm’s continued commitment to supporting artists.  Rosalind Davis, the Collyer Bristow Gallery’s Curator and graduate of the RCA, comments: “It can be difficult for new graduates to find a platform for their work, but the award creates an environment where support is made available to emerging artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. It brings their work to new audiences, raising their profiles and helping them to create new professional networks.”

The Exceptional exhibition will run from 7 November 2019 to 19 February 2020. All are welcome to visit the gallery, by appointment, Monday- Friday 9-5pm.