If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Charles Saatchi (before he decided he didn’t like art, that is), you could do no worse than make a bee-line for this annual survey exhibition showcasing the hottest talent from some of the hottest art colleges in London. The 30 artists involved are handpicked from 10,000 graduating students at the University of the Arts’s six different colleges (and you have to be pretty good just to get on these anyway!). The 30 chosen truly are very accomplished artists and names you will no doubt see again as they grow within their field.
Its not just about visual art either, as the University of the Arts encompasses fashion, communication and design through colleges such as Central Saint Martins, LCC and London College of Fashion. The exhibition has a competitive edge too. It culminates in a prize chosen by six movers and shakers in the art world, namely Mark Rappolt, Editor of the ArtReview, David Roberts – collector and founder of David Roberts Foundation – and Lulu Guinness, acclaimed handbag designer. And the prize? Bankrolling the artist for 12 months and helping them produce a limited edition of their work. Sounds like every artist’s dream, a golden ticket to success and it most probably will be. A must for all avid art fans. (Words: Laura Thornley)
Future Map takes place at the Zabludowicz Collection and runs until February 5th. Entrance is free and for more info, visit www.futuremap.arts.ac.uk.