Saatchi Gallery exhibits Londons graduate artists deprived of degree shows

Royal College of Art's Costanza Valderrama at London Grads Now © Justin Piperger, 2020 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

More than 150 artists graduating from Londons art schools this year have been given a prime platform at the Saatchi Gallery in London after degree shows at colleges across the capital were cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The selling exhibition London Grads Now (until 25 September) includes works from postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) and Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts), among others. All proceeds from sales go directly to the artists.

The artist Victoria Cantons has curated the section of works by artists from the Slade School of Fine Art entitled Stop. Look. Listen. “This is not a school production, which on one hand I think is a shame for the schools but its wonderful for the graduates…. The thing is, a show like this is vital for both the artists and the audience alike, and dare I say for the schools too,” she says. Works on view in the Slade section are generally priced under £2,500.

The Saatchi Gallery show came about after Cantons co-organised exhibitions featuring Slade and RCA students at Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery in London earlier this year.“When Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery promoted the RCA-Slade show on their Instagram, someone at Saatchi saw it and reached out to Kristin,” says Cantons, an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) graduate from Slade.

Goldsmiths University of London: Jingshi Wang, Anosha Khan, Asut lshaq, Paulina Figerou Garduro, Finn Clough-Holland, Anna Perach on show at London Grads Now @ Justin Piperger, 2020 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Cantons is also showing work at the Saatchi show and was part of the White Cube London graduate show earlier this year; she subsequently “sold pieces into good collections in the past few weeks”. Her painting, Every passing minute is another chance to turn it around (2019), sold for £3,900 at London Grads Now. The inter-school communication between the graduates via Instagram following the launch has been “incredible”, she adds.

“[The project] has a wonderful symmetry to the history of Saatchi Gallery and its YBA artists. Especially in the current situation, it iRead More – Source