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Dundee graduates exhibit at RSA New Contemporaries 2017

The ninth annual New Contemporaries exhibition will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries in Edinburgh from Saturday, 18 February and features a wealth of Dundee graduate talent.

New Contemporaries is regarded as the most prestigious showcase for young artists in Scotland. Presenting work across a wide range of media, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof.

Thirteen artists and three architects from Dundee will be exhibiting their work, along with a further 50 graduates of Scotland’s art colleges who impressed judges with their work at their Degree Shows last year.

The artists who studied at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design are: Claire Connor, Lily Hassioti, Kieran Milne, Daphne Percy-Chorafa, Lena Phalén, Anna Wallace Reid, Tamara Richardson, Emily Stewart, Jasmine Summerton, Kristian Thomassen, Blake Venus, Jamie Watt, and Alison Wright. Exhibiting architects Fergus Low, Robbie Miller and Elspeth Tayler are graduates of the University’s School of Social Sciences.

Professor Paul Harris, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have so many of our artists represented in New Contemporaries, which once again encapsulates the very best of Scotland’s emerging, artistic talent.

“The work of our students and graduates is a physical testimony to the high quality teaching and practice delivered by the staff at Duncan of Jordanstone. We wish all those chosen for this year’s exhibition the very best of fortune and opportunities in their future careers.”

Fergus Low, Robbie Miller & Elspeth Tayler, Ravenscraig Model

Lorens Holm, Reader in Architecture, added, “It is an incredible honour for our three students. We feel it is important that an institution such as the RSA recognises the polemical and avant-garde approach to architecture and city-making taken by Elspeth, Fergus, and Robbie’s joint project, and thereby endorses its critical value.”

New Contemporaries reflects the RSA’s commitment to supporting and presenting the best contemporary work in Scotland. These recent graduates are given the opportunity to launch their careers at the prestigious RSA galleries by exhibiting a substantial body of work, including painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation. Works will be for sale and the exhibition offers patrons the opportunity to invest in Scotland’s up and coming talent.

The RSA New Contemporaries exhibition awards include the £14,000 Fleming-Wyfold Bursary and the £10,000 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Award. In addition to the monetary awards, residency, studio and purchase prizes are also up for grabs

New Contemporaries will be open at the RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh, from 18 February to 14 March. Admission costs £5/£3.

For more information, please visit RSA website by clicking here.

Featured image: Alison Wright.


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