Be Smart About Art Tour | Young Masters Art Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League

Watch one of our partners and sponsors of the Be Smart About Art Prize, Susan Mumford, as she offers a virtual tour of the Young Master exhibition at the Royal Over-seas League.

Susan will be offering a talk at the Young Masters Exhibition in ROSL for emerging to mid-career art world professionals next tuesday. To book your ticket to the evening event hosted by Be Smart About Art, click here.

Date: Aug. 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – Aug. 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Royal Over-Seas League | 5 Park Place | St James’s | London SW1A 1LR

Speakers: Susan Mumford

The Young Masters Exhibition at the Royal Over-Seas League is currently open to the public until the show closure on September 8th 2017.

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Young Masters: Talks | Unpacking Gender in the Contemporary Art World – Video

To coincide with the inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize we presented a talk to celebrate and discuss gender issues around art. The panel discussion was moderated by Susan Mumford, Founder, Association of Woman Art Dealers, and included Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Marine Tanguy, CEO MTART, Catherine Loewe, London-based curator and consultant and Cynthia Corbett, Gallerist and Founder of The Young Masters Art Prize.


Young Masters: Talks includes discussions hosted by speakers from:  Be Smart About Art, offering specialist, advice and support for artists and industry professionals; and Artists’ Collecting Society, the premium collecting society for the administration of the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR).


Discussions are led by Young Masters Art Prize Judges, including: Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts; and Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper.

Where & When:
Royal Over-Seas League
Park Place
United Kingdom

Sunday, 2 July 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 (BST)

Video and Photography Courtesy Cristina Schek

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Young Masters Art Prize Shortlisted Artist: Amartey Golding

Amartey Golding is a multimedia artist whose work explores how contradictory ideas coexist within the individual. By disregarding the lines between the malevolent and the benevolent, he attempts to explore life’s parallel truths. He addresses controversial subjects of sexism, racism and intolerance, placing himself comfortably and honestly at both extremes, as oppressor and oppressed, addressing our individual inabilities to avoid blame or apology. Exploring his own moral and social contradictions, he addresses the unavoidable shortcomings of an individual, and the acceptance of these failings as integral to the human condition, without the fallacy of a moral high ground.

Golding attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and has exhibited in the Middle East and Europe with solo exhibitions in the UK, Dubai, Germany and Denmark. He won the Granta Decorative and Fine Arts Society Award in 2007.

Featured Image: Amartey Golding, Umbrella, 2016, C-Type Print, Edition of 6 + 2AP, 90 x 70cm (35.4 x 27.6in.)

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An Inside Eye: The Genesis of Young Masters

As we eagerly anticipate an announcement from our judging panel, revealing which artists have been shortlisted for the Fourth edition of the Young Masters Prize, I reflect back to where it all began.

I first encountered the Young Masters Art Prize in 2009, when I was offered the chance to produce some film-footage covering the exhibition setup and prize opening in the Old Truman Brewery. At the time, aged 17 and studying for my impending A-level Exams, I was delighted to break routine and immerse myself in the excitement surrounding the talent of Young Masters Artists. I had the privilege of filming the vacant venue space as it came to life, filled with colourful and vibrant artwork. My fondest memory was watching Ghost of a Dream cast their magic to fulfil their extraordinary vision of a lottery ticket installation in the space, ‘Dream Home,’ 2009. I can clearly recall the quiet whispering of decision-making between the pair as they discussed and fine-tuned their ticket placements between bouts of frenzied activity. The space had been filled with such heights of metallic, bright colour, and yet carried the eeriness of something more ominous – the tangible weight of broken dreams. The art duo proceeded to win the Prize and contribute to the following 2012 Young Masters Art Prize as judges.

Other highlights have included David Roche and his Pillar of Society, beautiful hair sculptures with decadent wooden vessels by Antonia Tibble, hidden jewels protruding from Maisie Broadhead’s photographs and missing characters from iconic scenes in Charlotte Bracegirdle’s paintings.

From the genesis of Young Masters in 2009, to the Fourth edition of the Prize today, I have witnessed a growing scope and talent of artists. The previous Young Masters and new applicants continue to prove strong that the concerns, ideals and truths pursued the Old Masters run parallel through the practices of artists today. The reverence and irreverence to artistic forbearers, shared concerns and artistic challenges carry as much significance today as they have ever before.

Image Credits: Dream Home, 2009, 102″ high x variable dimensions, $70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets, cardboard, foam, wood, and steel. Courtesy of Ghost of a Dream.

By Phoebe Walsh, Young Masters Art Prize 2009 – present.

Michal Fargo

Michal Fargo’s work explores materiality and the contrast between urban lifestyle and natural inclinations. Her ceramics defy binary oppositions: abstract/ figurative, organic/ artificial, imitation/ interpretation. Deploying subject matter from “cave-man-esque” meat trophies to natural sea coral and sponges, Fargo toys with the human senses. Born in Israel in 1984, Fargo studied ceramic design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 2007 and 2011. Since 2011, she has written for the Israeli design blog Redesign and worked as a ceramic sculpting instructor at several arts centres around Israel, while making her own work from a small studio in Tel Aviv’s Noga neighbourhood. Fargo’s work is included in private collections and institutions such as the Design Museum Holon, the Materials Library Holon (both in Israel), the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum in China, and the Shepparton Art Museum in Australia. Fargo completed her Master’s degree in design at the Royal College of Art in London, as the recipient of an RCA/Clore-Bezalel scholarship (2014).

Her work was recently acquired by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm through the Bengt Julin Foundation.

In 2012 Michal Fargo was the recipient of the International Artist in the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, click to view a short film about practice.

We are delighted to announce that that we will be exhibiting Michal Fargo’s work at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.

Young Masters Is Pleased To Present ‘Veil’, 2016

Young Masters is delighted to present “Veil” (2016), an installation based on virtual reality (VR) technologies to transport visitors into an alternate gallery space. In an evocative way, the piece invites the visitor to experience the gallery in a new perspective as the technology subverts the traditional gallery experience.

“Veil” is the result of the unique collaboration between fine and visual artist Iain Nicholls and digital designer Tom Szirtes. The site-specific installation allows participants to experience an actual gallery space virtually.

The installation is comprised of a physical model of a humble cardboard house placed on a white plinth, and viewers are invited to look through an attached VR headset. Once wearing the headset, visitors will see the model house and plinth as placed in situ, followed by a surreal semi-narrative sequence. In this digital reality, the model house is subtly different and begins to transform and take on special properties. Participants are able to further explore the miniature house, and through the act of examining, they can pass between the model’s interior and exterior of the structure. In effect, the virtual reality takes over the physical reality.

The piece explores the concepts of recursion, alternate realities, and space referencing the works of Diego Velazquez, Casper David Fredrich, and Hans Holbein. “Veil” was presented with great interest and success in August 2015 at the Barbican Centre and subsequently at the Herrick Gallery in Mayfair and Zealous X Festival. This version is presented courtesy of Gazelli Art House, London.

Exhibition runs from 2 – 8 October 2016

Private View: Tuesday 4 October 2016 | 18.30 – 21.30 | RSVP

Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
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Young Masters | Focus on New York – watch the video! Finissage this evening!

Come and enjoy Jazz and Wine with us this evening between 7-9pm and have a look at the video from the opening of ‪#‎YoungMasters‬ ‘Focus on New Work’ Début Show in ‪#‎NewYork‬.

Our Finissage is this evening at Site/109 between 7-9pm.
Opening times last weekend: Sat – Sun, 11am – 6pm
Other times: by appointment
Site109 |109 Norfolk Street | LES | New York | NY 10002

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Young Masters Dialogues 2015 | Performance Art Video

Dijan Kahrimanovic ‘Untitled’ – Projector with performance, 2015

Kahrimanovic’s work Untitled is a reworking of his piece ‘Collective Memory’, which was first shown at Liste, Art Baselin 2015.

The slides are discarded photographs that the artist has recovered and made into slide format. The performance, that took place on 14 October 2015, as part of the ‘Young Masters: Dialogues’ Exhibition, was a lecture, spoken in English, Swiss German and Bosnian.

Video by Cristina Schek.

Young Master, Nina Fowler at Sphinx Fine Art, 2013

Greatcoat Films have produced a short film about the work of Young Master artist, Nina Fowler, interviewing her on the ideology behind her works in her studio in London. The film was made for the Truscott Arts Programme (TAP), to coincide with their current exhibition of Nina Fowler Print.


Nina Mae Fowler (b. 1981, London) studied at Wimbledon School of Art and received a BA in Fine Art: Sculpture at Brighton University in 2003. Nina’s practice engages traditional methods of printmaking, drawing, sculpture and photography, all of which combine to challenge and complement one another. Her subject matter often centres around icons of popular culture, representing a dark and contradictory side to their otherwise idealized lives. This sinister comparison is heightened by the use of Old Master techniques such as etching and bas-relief. As well as the nature of the media itself, the inherent concern of this work is desire. Sometimes simply in the form of the impossible yearnings that exist between the icon and the fanatic, whilst at other times asking us to question the intense self-deceptive seduction of our idols.

This October, at Sphinx Fine Art in Kensington High Street, a selection of Nina’s works will be on show. alongside the winner of the Prize 2012 Lottie Davies, runner-up Georgia Dodson and shortlisted artists, Charles Moxon, Fabiano Parisi, Christoph Steinmeyer, Derrick Santini, Nina Fowler and selected artists including Elise Ansel, Jamie Lumley, Aileen McEwan and Nicole Etienne, with many more to be announced.

Short film on Adam Dant, Jerwood Drawing Prize winner and one of this year's judges

Adam Dant, Jerwood Drawing Prize winner (2002) and member of the judging panel for the Young Masters Art Prize 2012, discusses the idea of the Prize and its relation to his own work in this insightful video. The deadline for applications is the 15 May; please consult the ‘To Apply’ tab above for details.

In this short interview filmed in the artist’s studio, Adam Dant explores the value of a Prize which celebrates the influence of the Old Masters in contemporary art. He contemplates how the ethos of the Young Masters Art Prize is reflected in his own work, and muses on the skilful appropriation of Old Master references in the work of previous Young Masters Art Prize winners. Watch the video by clicking the image above and share Adam Dant’s excitement for the upcoming prize.

The founder, curator and judges share their thoughts on this year's Young Masters Art Prize

Filmed during a recent gathering of the Judging Panel of the Young Masters Art Prize 2012, this short video sheds light on what the Prize means to its Founder, Cynthia Corbett; Curator, Daria Khan; and a selection of its Judges – Godfrey Barker (Chair), Colin Wiggins, Alain Servais and Roy Bolton. It explores the ideas and ethos of the Prize and its relevancy in today’s context.

Featured artists in the film include the joint winners of the Young Masters Art Prize 2009 Ghost of a Dream and Hector de Gregorio, along with shortlisted artists Lluís Barba and Charlotte Bracegirdle.

To apply for the Young Masters Art Prize 2012, click on the ‘To Apply’ tab above and review the guidelines. The deadline for applications is April 30th 2012.

Young Masters Art Prize 2012 | Ghost of a Dream Video

The Young Masters Art Prize 2012 has officially opened for submissions. For more information and guidelines, check the ‘To Apply’ section of the website or click here.

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Our ‘Call to Artists’ coincides with the solo exhibition of Young Masters Art Prize 2009 winners –  Ghost of a Dream – at the London Art Fair 2012. Ghost of a Dream’s installation, this is it, will be on display in the Art Projects section between 18 – 22 January 2012. On Wednesday 18th Adam Eckstrom (one half of the artist collaborative, Ghost of a Dream) will be in conversation with Godfrey Barker (esteemed art historian and chair of the Young Masters Art Prize 2012 judging panel) between 4.30 – 5.30pm. To reserve tickets for this event, please check the London Art Fair website, or click here.

Here, Lauren Was (second half of Ghost of a Dream) explains the creative process that went in to the making of this is it during the artist collaborative’s residency at The Wassaic Project, New York state: