London Craft Week returns to the capital for its fourth edition from 9-13 May 2018. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brings together over 200 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.
To coincide with London Craft Week 2018, The Arts Club will be hosting Young Masters ceramicists Jo Taylor, Lucille Lewin and Tessa Eastman. In conversation with the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells and collector and curator Preston Fitzgerald, these three contemporary makers discuss their practices and offer an insight into their processes of making. The discussion will be recorded as a podcast by After Nyne Magazine, the official media partner of Young Masters.
Young Masters presents Jo Taylor, Lucille Lewin and Tessa Eastman at The Arts Club
This February, Young Masters will exhibit with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery for the 14th edition of Collect, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is one of 35 international galleries being brought together to celebrate contemporary craft objects, material innovation and new, experimental approaches to making. Collect promises an endless array of objects to fall in love with, and a litany of maker names to add to the ‘ones to watch’ list.
“The contemporary craft sector has never been more dynamic or forward- thinking. In studios and workshops across the world, we are seeing boundaries tested, conventions challenged and new materials capturing the imaginations of makers. To bring so many of the most skilled talents and world-leading galleries from Britain and beyond together under one roof is always a privilege, but to do so at a time when craft is seizing more attention than ever is truly exciting.”
– Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
COLLECT is the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, featuring 35 International Galleries showing world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft. The Fair takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 22 – 25 February 2018.
London Art Fair
17 – 21 January 2018
Business Design Centre
52 Upper St, London, N1 0QH
We are delighted to announce that a selection of Young Masters artists will be participating in the forthcoming London Art Fair as the fair celebrates 30 years of operation.
Taking place from 17 – 21 January 2018, London Art Fair is an unmissable opening in the international art calendar.
Following the success of the 2017 Young Masters Art Prize, the Young Masters’ Tour has brought finalists, alumni and guest artists to the historic Royal Over-Seas League, the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery and a handful of the finest international fairs, such as Art Miami 2017 and Collect 2018.
Welcome to the Young Masters Tour | 2.0 at The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
5b Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4UY
Exhibition Dates: 2nd – 14th October 2017
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 7pm or by appointment
To view a specially curated selection from the exhibition on Artsy please click here.
Participating artists include finalists from this year’s prizes: Amartey Golding, Antoine Schneck, Azita Moradkhani, David Piddock, John Phillips, Isabelle van Zeijl, Laura Hospes, Liron Kroll, Liane Lang, Sheila Rock, Tamara Al-Mashouk, Yuehan Pan.
Young Masters Alumni and Touring Artists include: Adam Mysock, Anne Francoise Couloumy, Amy Douglas, Claire Partington, Eleanor Watson, Fabiano Parisi, Flora Yukhnovich, Jongjin Park, Jo Taylor, Lottie Davies, Mary O’Malley, Matt Smith, Christy Symington, Oliver Jones, Yigal Ozeri.
Young Masters Guest Artists: Andy Burgess, Gordon Cheung, Joy Gregory.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Troll #7, 2017
Oliver Jones, Face Mask, 2017
Lottie Davies, What Is The Future, 2009
Christy Symington MRBS, #OlaudahEQUIANO in BLACK and WHITE #BlackHistoryMonth, 2017
Jongjin Park, Artistic Stratum_BO4/1MG4/1 and Artistic Stratum_VB4/1C4, 2017
Isabelle van Zeijl, HER, 2017
Jo Taylor, Rubescent Series, 2017
David Piddock, Samson at Queenhithe, 2016
Jongjin Park, Artistic Stratum_BO4/1MG4/1 and Artistic Stratum_VB4/1C4, 2017
Andy Burgess, Colour House and Weller Steel House – Zig Zag Roof, 2017. Background: Fabiano Parisi and Matt Smith
Joy Gregory, Lilac & Gold Shheened Kitten Heels, 2003 and Hair Grip, 1995. Below: Jongjin Park
Lauren Nauman, Lines, small black, 2017 and Lines, medium striped, 2017
Matt Smith, Coneheads Series, 2017
Liron Kroll, Childcare No.1, 2013
irina Razumovskaya, Metomorphoses, 2016
Claire Partington, Venus, 2015
Lucille Lewin, Bucolic Body and Inanimation II, 2017
Amy Douglas, Something blew his mind and th cracks began to show,2017
John Phillips, Jo Taylor, Azita Moradkhani, Joy Gregory, Jongjin Park
Grant Aston, Reconciliation, 2016
Grant Aston, Reconciliation, 2016. Background: Tessa Eastman and Liane Lang
Liane Lang, Wrestlers, 2017
Lucille Lewin, Inanimation II, 2017
Claire Partington, Venus, 2015
Young Masters has returned to the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery with a group exhibition which runs through London Frieze Week.
Iranian artist Azita Moradkhanihas been announced as the winner of the Young Masters Art Prize and inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize, both generously supported by Dr Chris Blatchley. She was presented with her combined £3,000 prize at an award ceremony sponsored by Brownhill Insurance held this evening, Wednesday 21 June 2017, at Gallery 8 in London’s St James’s.
Moradkhani was chosen from a shortlist of 18 international artists for her delicately crafted drawings. The female body is central to her work and she uses beauty as her weapon to address complex socio-political issues. Her use of traditional techniques, skill and delicacy connect her work aesthetically to the art of the past.
Chair of the judges, art historian Godfrey Barker, comments: ‘The Young Masters Art Prize is a snapshot of contemporary art now. It had a huge number of entries from 55 countries, a vast majority of those from young or emerging artists. Two things we have never seen before: the prize has been overwhelmed by women (two thirds of the entries) and all nine of the awards have been given to women. Clearly this prize is now at the cutting edge, with an international emphasis that includes North America, Africa, the Middle East and the Islamic world.’
Cynthia Corbett comments: ‘We’re extremely excited about this year’s prize and winners. The additional strand of an emerging women’s prize has led to overwhelming interest from international female artists. The astounding quality of female applicants has meant that the judges have bestowed all the awards to women. I hope we can now look forward to a future of artistic meritocracy.’
Two Highly Commended Prizes of £500 courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) were awarded toLaura Hospesand Tamara Al-Mashoukand a new ‘Be Smart About Art’ award worth £500 was awarded toKatie Spragg.
The judges were Godfrey Barker, Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper; Daisy McMullan, Curator; Hannah Rothschild, writer, filmmaker and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, London; Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts.
Lucille Lewinhas been announced as the winner of the £1,500 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, which is supported by collector and philanthropist Maylis Grand. This strand of the Young Masters Art Prize was launched in 2014 to give a separate platform for ceramics and highlight the creative and innovative potential of this artistic medium. She was chosen from 10 shortlisted artists for her work that the judges described as ‘completely original’.
The judges, Janice Blackburn, former Curator of Arts and Crafts at Sotheby’s; collector Preston Fitzgerald; collector and philanthropist, Maylis Grand and the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells, continued: ‘We were looking for originality and a strong voice and we were in total harmony about our choice of winner. Lucille’s work is experimental, beautifully made and totally original; this is work with a future.’
Lucille Lewin’s work is the result of research into the origins into 18th century European porcelain and the alchemists who invented it. Her pieces, which combine porcelain with other media including glass and salt crystals, reference the Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities and the early microscopic photographs of the natural world by Karl Blosfeldt. A £500 Highly Commended Prize was awarded to Lauren Nauman.
The inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was introduced this year to profile and reward the work of an emerging female artist. In addition to the main prize given to Azita Moradkhani, two Highly Commended Prizes of £250 were awarded to Isabelle van Zeijland Katie Spragg.
The Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize judges were Beth Colocci, Chair of the Trustees of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Sylvie Gormezano, Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers; award-winning designer and art collector Ronnette Riley, FAIA and Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Head of Corporate Branding and Communications and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation.
Young Masters Art Prize winners:
Azita Moradkhani, £2,000 main prize, thanks to Dr Chris Blatchley
Laura Hospes, £500 Highly Commended courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society
Tamara Al-Mashouk, £500 Highly Commended courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society
Katie Spragg, Be Smart About Art Award worth £500
Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize winners:
Lucille Lewin, £1,500 main prize, thanks to Maylis Grand
Lauren Nauman, £500 Highly Commended, thanks to Maylis Grand
Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize winners:
Azita Moradkhani, £1,000 main prize thanks, to Dr Chris Blatchley
Isabelle van Zeijl, £250 Highly Commended, thanks to Dr Chris Blatchley
Katie Spragg, £250 Highly Commended, thanks to Dr Chris Blatchley
Young Masters Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN.
Exhibition runs until 24 June 2017
Public opening times: 11am to 7pm daily (or by appointment)
Nearest tubes: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus (St. James’s exit)
Featured Image: Azita Moradkhani, Not Too Far Away (Victorious Secrets), 2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper, 30.5 x 43.2 cm, (12 1/8 x 17 1/8 in). Courtesy Gallery Kayafas.
Lucille Lewin’s work is the result of research into the origins of 18th Century European porcelain, and the alchemists who invented it. The work references the Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities, and the early microscopic photographs of the natural world by Karl Blosfeldt. Lewin takes great inspiration from the crystal rooms at the Science Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Lewin’s sculptural ceramic objects explore the relationship between form, chemistry and process. Lewin studied the City Lit Diploma Fine Art and Ceramics from 2012 – 14 and MA Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art 2016 – 17. Recent exhibitions include: The Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London, 2015; The Emerging & Established, Christie’s, London 2017; and Material:Earth: The New British Clay Movement, Messums, Somerset, 2017.
Featured image: Lucille Lewin, Universal Everything, 2017, porcelain, 33 x 24 x 11cm (13 x 9.4 x 4.3in.)