Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts is on our esteemed judging panel for Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015. At the Royal Academy, Marlow is responsible for the creative vision, overseeing exhibitions, collections, library, learning and architecture at this world famous artist run institution.
At the heart of the Royal Academy is the Royal Academy Schools, a stand out educational institution with 57 fully funded student places. With tutoring from the likes of Michael Landy, Fiona Rae and Richard Wilson, the art school has quietly been producing some of the hottest names in contemporary art. Tim Marlow shares 5 recent Royal Academy Schools graduates to watch out for.
Hannah Perry makes work inspired by the proliferation of images and references in our hyper technological society. For her presentation in the final show at the Royal Academy Schools in 2014 she used the movement created by a set of vibrating sub-woofers to animate her work. Perry is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of.
Prem Sahib’s work is deceptively simple. His minimalist look hides a subtle and lurking narrative that’s completely engrossing. I loved his installation at Frieze Art Fair in 2013 – whilst he was still studying with us – a Soho nightclub modelled after his own old bedroom. He’s a very cool operator.
Eddie Peake’s final piece at the Royal Academy Schools exhibition was a naked five-a-side football match at Burlington Gardens. With the players differentiated only by their socks and trainers, it explored machismo culture and the inherent homoeroticism of the game in the most imaginative way. Since then he has had solo shows in New York, London and San Paolo and is certainly heading for international stardom.
Alice Theobald draws on pop and underground culture in her all-enveloping, multifaceted performances animated by music, video and installation. She collaborates with non-professional actors and performers to create works that question the nature of the spectacle itself. Theobald was showing all over the UK before even graduating in 2014. Soon she’ll be known internationally.
JULIE BORN SCHWARTZ
Julie Born Schwartz’s installation at the 2014 Royal Academy Schools show blew us away. Her video Love Has No Reason was remarkable, weaving together documentary and narrative to create a kind of visual magic. It is in fact the first film work that we acquired for the Royal Academy collection.
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