Frederic Anderson was Shortlisted for Tiffany and co/Outset studio award – a high profile award inaugurated this year. The award selects one artist from each of the main London art colleges (6 artists in total), and awards them free studio space for one year + mentoring. Only three artists were shortlisted from Wimbledon and Frederic was one of them. Anderson was included in the show ‘Signal to Noise’ – an exhibition of around 20 emerging artists in Hackney, curated by Charley Peters and reviewed in AN.
Iain Andrews was selected as a prizewinner for the second year running for 2017 Greater Manchester Art Prize and is currently part of the Contemporary British Painting show that is touring China this year. – China exhibition tour: Contemporary Masters from Britain – Selected works from the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting, will tour China for three shows in Autumn 2017 at The Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum and the Jiangsu Art Museum. The Yantai Art Museum has just acquired three of Andrews‘ drawings for their permanent collection (the museum is comparable to the size of The Tate).
Margaret Ashman shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition and won First Prize at the London Print Studio Members Summer show 2017. Andzrej Klimowski, Professor Emeritus in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, selected Margaret from 53 exhibiting artists. Margaret won another prize this November; The Red Hot Press purchase prize at the Masters One Off Exhibition.
Margaret was invited to participate in a major printmaking exhibition, Light/Matter, at the Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, USA which opened on the 25th August. The exhibition highlights the fusion of photographic imagery and analogue print techniques. Margaret was one of just 5 UK artists included in this international exhibition. Artists were chosen for their groundbreaking works, which have made significant contributions to the photo-print movement.
Steve Burden was selected for the RWA Open, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 and held three sell-out solo shows and ten group shows. His painting ‘Abattoir’ has been touring the South West and exhibited at Bristol Museum and Falmouth Art Gallery where it was hung alongside works by Duchamp, Matisse and Picasso – the tour continues next year to The Wilson in Cheltenham and Poole Museum. Gavin Turk also selected him for his exhibition ‘Gavin Turk and Friends’ which included works by Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Rachel Whiteread and Dexter Dalwood. Other notable achievements include being awarded an Artists bursary by A-N (The Artists Information Company) and he was also awarded Artist of the Month by both VASW (Visual Arts South West) and Artiq. This year Steve has featured in several press articles that included being hailed as a Rising Star by the Guardian in May 2017 and he was invited to take over ‘Mother London’s’ Instagram account.
In February 2018 he will be taking the work home with a solo show in Deptford, London with ‘No Format’ gallery. He also has a solo show planned in Brighton and will continue to exhibit widely in China.
There’s also an exciting collaboration with a Canadian filmmaker about his life on the Pepys and the subsequent art borne out of that experience. Recently Steve was invited to become a trustee of Bath Artists Studios based upon his achievements in 2017. In October Steve exhibited several works at The Nanjing International Art Festival in China. Notable Sales in 2017: Two works recently acquired by the Portland Group – one piece acquired by Citigroup to be hung in their office at 20 Fenchurch Street, London Prolifically exhibiting in solo and group shows 2017.
John Brennan – many notable achievements this year:
1. Public acquisition by Huddersfield Art Gallery permanent collection: Painting – The War Room, 2015, which featured as a finalist in the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016, has recently been acquired by Huddersfield Art Gallery permanent collection. As this is John’s first public acquisition and a significant career step, he will be raising his prices soon, from around 20% on the larger works to around 50% on the smaller.
2. Private acquisition by the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting: The Trouble with You, 2015 has recently been acquired by the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting and will tour China later this year (see details below).
3. China exhibition tour: Contemporary Masters from Britain – Selected works from the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting, including The Trouble with You, 2015, will tour China for three shows in Autumn 2017 at The Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum and the Jiangsu Art Museum.
John Brennan – The War Room – 2015.
Orlanda Broom‘s (who is fast becoming increasingly collectable with many exhibitions, a recent prestigious large scale commission for the Four Seasons New York) portrait was included by Peter Blake in his recent epically scaled collage artwork ‘Our Fans’, she was also selected for the RWA annual open in Bristol (for her painting Skeletons Sprigs) as well as for The Dentons Art Prize – where her work won staff choice award.
Thomas Cameron held his 2nd sell-out solo show at The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh this year and was shortlisted for NOA.
Rebecca Chitticks was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and the Harley Gallery Open.
Toni Cogdell – so far this year Toni has been invited to show in 3 group exhibitions – including McAllister Thomas & Sarah Wiseman Gallery, she has recently been longlisted for Anthology 2017 and pre-selected for the RWA Open.
Gavin Donaldson has been in 3 group shows so far this year and held his first solo show in Glasgow – October 2017
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf will be showing in The ‘Good Nature’ exhibition this year, where she will be showing alongside 31 other artists including Eileen Cooper RA OBE, Stephen Chambers RA , Nicola Green, Stephen Farthing RA, David Nash RA OBE. For this show she painted the first official portrait of Caroline Lucas MP (leader of the Green party). She has also been selected for Discerning Eye Exhibition 2017 at the Mall Galleries.
Janine Hall was selected to exhibit at FBA Futures 2017 and accepted into the RWA show – Drawn 2017 – Drawn is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition, which aims to explore the boundaries of drawing and celebrate it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. Janine Hall was awarded the Marcus Beale Architects Drawing Prize 2017 and awarded Distinction for her MA Drawing degree at Wimbledon College of Art.
Emma Hartley was Selected for both the NOA 2017 and the Discerning Eye by Simon Tait at Mall Galleries 2017. She had a solo show at the Oxo Gallery, South Bank, London and her work was collected widely this year for both private and corporate collections. Her work can now be found in a prestigious development in Trafalgar Square.
Christina Kim-Symes – Christina graduated this year, she has been selected for inclusion in the Clyde & Co Awards, which supports the next generation of emerging artists and has collections internationally – she was recently chosen as the winner of the staff vote prize of £2000. Notably a framed piece of Christina’s work is hanging in the House of Commons.
Susanne Lund Pangrazio – participated in no fewer than 6 really good group shows this year, exhibiting in a two person exhibition at Linlithgow CCA and she has been invited to participate in a one month long art residency at St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia in May 2018 which will culminate in a solo show in St Petersburg.
Małgorzata Lapsa-Malawska This year Malgorzata was selected for the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, The Society of Woman Artists Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, The Muse at 269 Gallery, London and a solo show in Poland.
Birgitte Lykke Madsen is currently holding a solo show for Galleria Pirra in Turin, Italy and was awarded an Artist Residency in the German Künstlerhaus Lukas, which is situated at the northern German coastline, for the purpose of working with big sea paintings for a solo show in Denmark in November. (Galleri Brænderigården, Horsens). Birgitte Lykke Madsen was awarded an Artist in Residency in Reykjavik for the whole month of April. This is her second Residency in Reykjavik with SIM, the artist organisation of Iceland and the residency for international artists. The residency is at Korpulfsstadir in the outskirts of Reykjavik.
Aiden Milligan – winner of The Academy Awards 2017 – BP Fine Art Award and selected for FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London (forthcoming).
Johnny Morant is working towards his fourth solo exhibition at the Rountree Tryon Gallery in St James’s. It will run from 26th September to 6th October.
Lindsay Mapes has been selected for an upcoming documentary called ‘Looking for Picasso’. 12 artist from around the world were chosen. An American production, filming 2017 (she is episode 2).
David Om – selected for Sky Arts portrait artist of year 2017
David Rae – Selected for 2018 RSA New Contemporaries and Highly Commended – BP Fine Art Award from his degree show at Grays School of Art.
Scott Robertson held his first solo show at Project 78 gallery in February 2017 – this resulted in being spotted by Rosie Cooper who is the curator at the De La Warr Pavilion – she nominated Scott for The Drawing Room Bursary Prize in London, (this is a prize you have to be nominated for) a month long residency at the Drawing Room gallery with show etc. Scott has also had work selected for Drawn at the Royal West Academy. At the end of 2017 Scott was pre-selected for Open 2018 Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Art Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh early next year and selected for NN Contemporary Open 2018, Northampton.
In 2017 Keith Robinson was commissioned to complete a portrait of Dr Kathryn Riddle former Pro-Chancellor and law lecturer at Sheffield University; previously Keith was commissioned to paint the portrait of Nobel prize-winning chemist Sir Hans Krebs.
Julie-Ann Simpson has been accepted to a Residency in Yamanashi, Japan next Oct-Nov 2017, she was also shortlisted for Sketch 2017 Prize. Previously Julie-Ann won The RSA Guthrie Award and Medal for an outstanding painting by a Scottish artist under 35.
Paul Smith has been gaining attention this year – he has just had a painting acquired by a major Chinese art gallery, he has two paintings in The ING Discerning Eye 2017 and a solo show that launches 21/10/17 in the Don’t Walk Walk Gallery in Deal. In the new year he has 2 further solo shows scheduled and is likely to see price increases soon..
Stephen Todd: A show entitled Humber Estuary: Changing Views supported by the Arts Council includes 30 paintings by Stephen Todd and is the conclusion of an 18 month collaboration with Beverley Treasure House and Art Gallery. These paintings are shown in conjunction with older paintings, artefacts and film of the Humber Estuaryo museum artefacts and film on loan from public museums and private collections. Humber Estuary: Changing Views at Beverley Treasure House and Art Gallery is now open and runs until 17th February. The show is a Humber Museums Partnership initiative with Arts Council Support.
Samantha Wilson – was awarded in Feb 2017 an International Scholarship for the Paul Klein Works Art advisor course worth $1000. This award is gifted to only one International artist.
In June 2017, Samantha will be initiating a funded arts community residency in rural Kenya – delivering arts workshops and community building sessions through the arts to benefit a rural, unpriviledged community. It is an initiative project that she and her partner hope to carry out every year and expand its growth all over Asia and Africa to introduce the arts into communities that cannot afford.
Sara Willett has been shortlisted for the Sunny International Art Prize and will be involved in touring shows over the next six months. Her work is gaining a strong reputation amongst buyers now in China and the US.
Nicola Wiltshire was recently highlighted by The Guardian as an “artist to watch” (May 2017). She was also been described as “One of the most exciting young artists in Britain” by the curator at Hartlepool Art Gallery (October 2016). Nicola graduated in 2015 and has already had her first solo show, with a further 2 solo shows scheduled for 2017 – she is currently Artist In Residence at Halley Stevenson, Dundee. This residency led to a solo exhibition ‘The Loom Runs. The Smoke Rises’, which will be moving to a larger museum venue in 2018. Nicola Wiltshire’s painting ‘Colours of The Night Forest’, painted on Liberty fabric, was selected for The Meffan Winter Open Exhibition and received a special judges’ commendation.
Pauline Zenk was recently shortlisted (one of three artists) for the Contemporary Art Prize of Occitanie (Grand Prix D’Art Contemporain d’Occitanie) and was invited to exhibit in the regional contemporary art museum (MRAC – Musee Regional d’ Art Contemporain) (The exhibition runs until the 8th of October, is called “Gravitation” and is about the migration crisis).