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Exceptional. Graduate Award and Exhibition at Collyer Bristow Gallery.

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Collyer Bristow LLP and curator Rosalind Davis are delighted to announce the Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award: Exceptional.

Jonathan Armour and Robert Taylor, Sophie Cero, Julia Court, Corinne Charton, Oli Epp, Lorraine Fossi, Gwenyth Fugard, Nicky Hodge, Katie Lennard, Karen Loader, Robyn Litchfield, Lucy McGeown, Abigail Phanggungfook, Tom Platt and Amelia Kate Sampson

The winner of the £2000 award was Lorraine Fossi with two artists highly commended: Oli Epp and Robyn Litchfield. The staff prize was won by Robyn Litchfield.

See the full online catalogue here.

“A fantastic opportunity for recent graduates and an exhibition of a high standard of both work and curation. Anna Bromwich

'Opportunities such as this for new and recent graduates are crucial. The Collyer Bristow Award is an enlightened initiative Martin Caiger-Smith

It's exciting to see what the new generation of graduates are producing right now.” Robert Priseman, Priseman Seabrook Collection

The artists were selected from three leading art schools; Goldsmiths, Middlesex and City & Guilds of London Art School, graduating from their BA, MA & Post Graduate Diploma programmes between 2015 and 2017.

The guest judges for 2018 are:
Robert Priseman, Priseman Seabrook Collection
Anna Bromwich, Curator and Consultant, The Mall Galleries
Martin Caiger-Smith, Head of MA in curating at the Courtauld Gallery
Rosalind Davis, Collyer Bristow Gallery Curator, artist and writer
Steven Heffer, Head of the Gallery Committee and artist.

The Collyer Bristow Gallery, the firm’s in-house art gallery* has now been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for twenty-five years. This award and exhibition opportunity is aimed at supporting recent graduate artists in the challenging period post-graduation. Rosalind Davis, the Collyer Bristow Gallery’s independent curator and graduate of the RCA, explains: “It can be difficult for new graduates to find a platform for their work, but this 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.”