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Rise Art Artist Chris Hughes featured at Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 3, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Art in London features annually the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a highly regarded exhibition showcasing a snapshot of today’s emerging art landscape. Originally established in 1949 – it’s 2010 edition features 49 artists from across the UK working across all media. It offers recent graduates and art students essential support and recognition at a crucial stage in their development.

One of the artists selected for the 2010 exhibition is Chris Hughes, who also features on the Rise Art website. We are very exited for Chris to have such extraordinary opportunity and would like to congratulate him! Chris’ work deals with ‘places of trauma’; his drawings, which are currently displayed at the ICA and on the Rise Art homepage, are of extraordinary detail. Rise Art was at the opening of the show, and captured his work displayed at the ICA.

The panel for the 2010 exhibition consisted of former Turner Prize Winner Mark Leckey, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri and the rising-star artist Dawn Mellor.


Interview with Katie Rand – Winner of the First Rise Art Emerging Artists Grant

Posted in Interview by Scott @ Rise Art on October 20, 2010

Artist Katie Rand is about to take part in the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park from 21-24 October 2010 as an Artist-in-Residence. As the first artist to be selected and supported by Rise Art‘s Emerging Artists Grant programme– we have had the opportunity to ask her about her work and plans, and to introduce her mouth-watering, ephemeral work to our community.

Rise Art: Katie, in advance of your residency at Affordable Art Fair, what should people know about you and your background as an artist?

Katie Rand: I graduated this summer from the Arts University College Bournemouth, with a first class honours. During my time there I was involved in many exhibitions and events. My first London based exhibition was this year, at Free Range. I feel excited and honoured to have been invited to be the Artist-in- Residence this October at the AAF, and to have received Rise Art’s Production Grant to make this possible.

RA: Your choice of working with foods sets you apart form most artists. Why did you choose food as your preferred medium?

K.R.: I ask myself this question everyday! It all started at the end of my first year at University. I became interested in the child psychology, and the psychology of smell. Senses play a fundamental role in our everyday lives, which are often taken for granted. I began to question the way in which we view art. The visual is the obvious choice, and often sound, however smell is quite frequently ignored. How would a viewer react to purely smell and no visual? Would this still be considered art? Though experimentation and process I began to question the olfactory memory. Food became a key material, as it had many associations with childhood. It is a material that challenges my making, the perception of art and ones psychology.

RA: Food, unlike many materials artists use, is not durable but ephemeral – how does that impact on your work?

K.R.: The ephemeral qualities of my work play an important role. My work is often painstakingly tedious. It takes a great deal of time, planning and consideration. It excites me that there is never a permanent trace, apart from a memory or documentation of the work. I don’t like permanence as nothing lasts forever. I always have a starting point and a finishing point during the making process. The removal and destruction of the work is the finishing point. If I don’t reach this position the work is not complete.

RA: Are there any individuals or experiences that have impacted on your work?

K.R.: My work is influenced by so many things; however I am interested and inspired by Minimalism. The formal qualities interest me as does the machismo of the time. I often challenge these through my choice of material and structures, creating a sense of irony.

RA: The work you are doing for your residency at the Affordable Art Fair is a site-specific installation. How did you find the suitable installation for this location? What was your process in deciding what to do?

K.R.: The theme this October at the AAF is ‘Food Glorious Food’. That is why they approached me to be the artist-in-residence as my practice is fitting! I choose to re create (Memory 2008) because I wanted both children and adults to enjoy the work. It is fun, vibrant and interactive, which suits the AAF concept. I worked closely with the Program Manager throughout the decision, as I wanted it to be right for everyone.

RA: You graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2010; how has the transition from school to being an artist been for you so far?

K.R.: So far so good! My feet are yet to touch the ground! I feel very lucky to have been given such a great opportunity with The Affordable Art Fair, so soon after graduating. Companies such as Rise Art and South West Artwork have been a great support.

RA: Where do you see the direction of your work heading? Do you have any particular plans?

K.R.: I have been offered a place on an MA Fine Art Course in London. I will be looking forward to starting next year. I have a couple of exhibitions lined up for 2011, which I am looking forward to also.

RA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

K.R.: I have no idea! I know I would like to still be practicing! My life would be incomplete without art.

Katie’s work is viewable at the Affordable Art Fair from 21-24 October. Rise Art is proud to be supporting Katie’s work as Artist-in-Residence, with our new grant scheme enabling emerging artists to finish their projects . We will announce the next opportunity to submit work and be considered for the Rise Art Emerging Artists Grant in the forthcoming weeks – email info@riseart.com to receive further information on the programme.

Recent Art Graduate – Now What?

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on July 20, 2010

As the recent degree shows wind down, many recent graduates of MA and MFA programs may be asking themselves, now what? Whether or not your recent degree and open shows were everything you expected, now is the time to get pro-active in establishing yourself as an artist. Many people will have your work fresh in their mind, and this is your chance to leave a lasting impression. At Rise Art, we came up with five easy but helpful steps you can take to expand your visibility as an artist. While you are enjoying the fleeting summer months, we hope that this can aid you in your career development:

1. Create online presence

It is increasingly important to have an online presence, be it your own website, an online portfolio or gallery. It do not have be pricey and there are sites offering uploading a portfolio for free. If you consider committing to an online gallery, research it first. At Rise Art we have previously committed an entire blog entry on this subject, to read Why artists need to be online click here.

2. Subscribe to email newsletters

Newsletters are a great way of staying up-tot-date on what’s going on in the art world. There is a huge variety of free email newsletters available online, informing you not only about the latest news and exhibitions, but also artist-opportunities.

Some of our favorite industry newsletters are:

Artsjobs and Artnews, both from the arts council in England, Artsadmin, and e-flux, as well as Artquest.

3. Get connected

Collect contacts and start building a network. Go to openings and other events were you will be among peers and other people from the art world. We suggest if you have not done so already, create a simple address book or database with the contacts of all relevant people you meet, such as fellow artists, curators, journalists, gallery owners, potential collectors or buyers. Try to update this list on a regular basis and don’t be shy to ask people for their contacts. The list you create now will be a huge asset the next time you are looking to drive people to an exhibit or show you are hosting.

4. Exhibit your work

As recent graduate, it might be hard to find exhibition spaces at first, but there are a number of opportunities out there.  We suggest to apply for group exhibitions, if you are in the early stages of your career, as it is more likely to be accepted into such – plus, it can be a great way to meet fellow artists and young curators! Newsletters, forums and blogs can also be a great resource for artist opportunities.

Another idea would be to organize your own solo show or a group show with fellow students, for instance as a pop-up exhibition. Rise Art has the following recommendations for hosting pop-up exhibitions – See our blog post on Pop-Up Retail Opportunies.

5. Other opportunities

Art prizes and artist residencies are just some of the options available to emerging artists. Explore some of the art prizes open to young artists (further reading here).

Let us know what else we missed. How are you promoting yourself following the degree show season?

UK Art Prizes, Part I

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 10, 2010

The art world in London and beyond is full of various awards and prizes aimed at helping artists raise their profile and support the production of their artwork. Given that Rise Art has been developed to help showcase and endorse emerging artists, we are naturally supportive of art awards that showcase & support emerging talent. Over the next few months, we will explore some of the better know art prizes around town & beyond, five at a time. In no particular order, here are five we like around the UK.

Catlin Art Prize

This is a prize one cannot register for, but you need to be an art student and recommended by a course leader or curator – so ask your course leader to recommend you! Of all artists recommended, 40 are featured in the Catlin Art Guide, 8 of which will be commissioned to do work for an exhibition in London. This provides artists with time to create a new body of work and to explore ideas. One of the artists is finally awarded with the Catlin Art Prize a prize of £3,000.

Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

This prize aims to present the best works in contemporary portrait photography. The show is held at the National Portrait Gallery and then tours the country. Taylor Wessing Photography Prize is open to anyone over 18 from amateur photographers to professionals. First prize is £ 12,000. Submission deadline 18 July 2010 and there is no submission fee.

Threadneedle Prize

The Threadneedle Prize is one of the largest art prizes in the UK. It aims to uncover the best new figurative and representational art in Britain. There are two separate registration deadlines: one for paintings and two-dimensional work and one for sculptures and other three-dimensional work. Registration is £ 15 per work submitted and artists must be over 18 years old. The winner receives £ 25,000, runner-ups £ 1,000. New is the visitor choice award, which is worth £ 10,000.

Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It is a programme of awards, exhibitions and events for talented emerging artist across a variety of disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, moving image and sculpture. Works are displayed in group-shows and several artists of each discipline will be selected. The deadline for the drawing prize is on 21 June.

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe represents an opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists working in lens-based media. Selected artists will receive a fee, a solo exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe and a production budget. Submission fee is £ 15.

Have any questions? Have we got it wrong? Let us know in the comments!