Each year, we send FBA (Federation of British Artist) members around the country to as many BA and MA degree shows as possible, with a brief to identify artists with the ability and potential to influence the future of figurative art. Their future may also represent the future of the Federation. Unlike other London-centric degree exhibitions, our national reach has enabled us to draw on college shows across Scotland and Wales, as well as the north of England.
"What is the future for figurative art? Have our art schools and colleges abandoned the values that nurtured some of the greatest painters and sculptors of the twentieth century? Do schools still believe that figurative art has any meaningful role to play in this twenty-first century?
We believe the best in figurative art is not standing still. We also believe it has an exciting future, a future which is as close to the Federation’s long-term interests, representing eight of this country’s most influential art societies, as it is to the whole future of the figurative art movement. This is why FBA Futures plays such an important role in our annual exhibitions programme." says Mall Galleries Director Lewis McNaught.
The 18 graduates selected for the exhibition are:
Martyna Anna Benedyka – Gray’s School of Art , India Bunce – The University of Edinburgh , Clare Florey-Hitchcox – Manchester Metropolitan University , Saskia Gall – The Art Academy, Sorsha Galvin – Royal College of Art , Georgina Lowbridge – Loughborough University , Jude Mackay – University of Dundee , Jason Nunn – University Campus Suffolk , Jessica Oliver – City & Guilds , Chelsea Orme-Williams – Aberystwyth University, Kristin Østerberg – The Glasgow School of Art , Nicholas Permain – Newcastle University , Hatty Pocock – The University of Leeds , Anna Rubincam – City & Guilds , Magi Sinclair – The University of Edinburgh , Tom Voyce – Aberystwyth University, Joshua Waterhouse – Aberystwyth University, Sarah Wilson – The Glasgow School of Art.