No brief. No theme. No constraints.
Just one show with 13 artists – set to showcase every design discipline in one space.
Featuring UAL students at every level, across all disciplines – Xhibit is the one show where you will discover the cross range of new talent unfold in front of you. From the final-year fashion illustration talent, next to the rigour of the second-year fine artist and the flair of post-graduate photography – every corner of Xhibit will pulsate with the kaleidoscope of UAL talent.
The only qualifier? Talent.
“We were looking for something that we hadn’t seen before,” said Natalie Stevens, Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL.
For Xhibit judge and artist, Dave Charlesworth, that meant being wowed.
“I am wowed by the unexpected. I like being made to look, look and look again. A good art work immediately grabs your attention and holds it. Xhibit is a long running and well respected selection exhibition. It lifts the lid on the studio and shows the general public work that is new, challenging and in that daring state of flux that comes with being in education.”
Selected by an expert panel of artists, curators and creative industry professionals, artists not only win a coveted spot in the annual Xhibit 2016 exhibition, participants are also offered a supporting professional development workshop programme and receive a year’s membership to the V&A.
Xhibit is the launching pad of tomorrow’s artists. “After being featured in Xhibit 2014, my work got selected for more shows and by the end of the year it was sold.” – Marta Barina, Xhibit artist.
UAL: talent pipeline for future creatives
- UAL is in the top 5 universities in the world for art and design, by the QS World University Rankings affirming UAL’s status as a leading global provider of art and design education.
- 37 of the 80 Royal Academicians are UAL alumni; a further 17 are serving or former staff.
- 15: the number of times UAL alumni have won the Turner Prize in the 30 years since its inception. UAL alumni have featured in 23 shortlists – accounting for over half of all nominees.
- Over half of the recipients of British Designer of the Year are UAL alumni.
- 7: the number of UAL alumni who have won the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
- 10: the number of UAL alumni who are current Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design.
- Over half of the fashion designers that showed at London Fashion Week A/W 2016 are UAL alumni.
- Multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards: from the BP Portrait Award; Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars.
XHIBIT 2016 ARTISTS
“Metabolism” is the result of months of experimentation – paper-folding, laser-cutting, draping and other 3D form fabrication tests. Garments are no longer cut and stitched, but the pattern pieces interlock together like Lego pieces. This saves energy and increases efficiency, all the while satisfying the wearer’s needs for longer. A jacket becomes a clutch, then a vest, or a skirt and on it goes.”
Frederic Anderson, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA
“I work exclusively from direct observation, usually in charcoal, pencil or ink on paper. To make the connection between subject and drawing as direct as possible, I use blind drawing techniques – not looking at the page as I work. As I draw, my eye is constantly moving across the subject, I lean in closer, back away and peer around the sides…”
“I spent a month in Olafsfjordur, a small fishing village in Northern Iceland. Iceland is so far north that during the summer, the long days drag on endlessly in what locals call the white night. Experiencing the eerie brightness of the white night for the first time frightened me. This work will express the exact emotions I felt.”
Marta Barina, London College of Communication, BA Photography
“These photographs reflect my interest towards the audience and the exhibition momentum. I took these pictures while visiting a string of art fairs, exhibitions and Biennales, from Paris Photo, to the Venice Biennale and White Cube exhibitions. By cancelling, turning, cutting and adjusting objects, people, lights and perspectives – the beautiful empty stage that surrounds the visitor is revealed.”
Tobias Benedetto, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA
“The story is of a caveman who lives in a forest, who loses his lover there and pursues her deep into this forest, where he becomes lost, before he passes out and is then rescued by a spaceship that is an amalgamation of his lover and his future self. The conditions for this event are explained in the rest of the story, which unfolds inside the spaceship and its virtual reality laboratory.”
“I take photos in Soho between the hours of 11pm to 4am. This tiny pocket of London, forever on the threat of dying, still beats. It exists as its own ecosystem, where all different types, from theatregoers to clubbers, ladies on hen nights, drug-dealers, sex workers, artists, tourists and coffee drinkers, all collide within this small terrain. Soho is of a time past; I take photos in an attempt to preserve some part of it.”
Fly Chen, Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design, Illustration
“All I want is for the audience to feel my work is infectious: to feel a pull of positive energy and happiness.”
“I am particularly fond of Virginia Woolf. Over the years, I have read her books many times and have visited her houses in and outside London. All my visual work – paintings, photographs, graphic novels, videos, clothes – deal with fictional and non-fictional territories belonging to Virginia Woolf. Dirty Woolfian Underwear are unisex underwear inspired by Virginia Woolf’s, Orlando. Made with canvas, they fit females, males, intersexual people and beyond. They are a kind of nomadic pictorial space which can be worn by everyone.”
“My long distance ex-boyfriend broke up with me over a WhatsApp conversation. Breaking up in person was impossible, and so it happened over a cyberspace of floating words instead. Like the anticipation of when heating something up in the microwave, I was constantly in anticipation waiting for a reply. When I heard back, it was gut-wrenching words that broke my heart. I put Polaroids I photographed in the microwave. What I photographed did not matter – it was what happened to the Polaroid once popped into the microwave that did. Burnt and damaged they resembled me through the wretched phase of my relationship.”
“My family was part of the larger movement of the Armenian populations that experienced the massacres and mass deportations from their historic homeland. As they walked in exile from their homeland and yearned for the beginning of a new future, our family photographic collection took shape. Nameless creates an analogy between the loss of singularity in a photographic archive and through the mass killings. It attempts to restore their facelessness by offering each person a single frame on the film.”
“I was fascinated with creating something visible from the invisible. I recorded everyday movements such as dancing and applied colour and texture to correlate with emotion. Through the use of everyday materials, I transformed these sketches into 3D objects.”
Lauren Pennycott, Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art
“I am interested in the difference between weight that is literal and that which is painted. Even a wisp of a paper bag is bound to physical laws of gravity; trapped by the masking tape, the material is literally pinned down, quieted and contained.”
I am interested in decoding visual symbols in advertisements. This work explores how the objects in advertising can stimulate viewers’ sexual perceptions and how innuendos function as signs that convey sexual contexts. I have created an icon called ‘Lolla’, who appears as a presenter of fashion advertisements. This piece mimics the Marc Jacob perfume ad, ‘Oh Lola’. I decode the advertisement’s messages, combined with my own imagery. Here, my icon Lolla, has replaced the actual presenter, Dakota Fanning.
Xhibit 2016 has been selected by: Natalie Stevens (Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL) Summer Oxley (SUARTS elected Activities Officer) Rosa Harvest, Coordinator (Made in Arts London); Dave Charlesworth (Artist and Curator) Alice Cunningham (Artist).
If you only visit one show this season, visit Xhibit2016.
14 April – 3 July
University of the Arts London
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY
Private View: Wednesday 13 April, 6 – 8pm
The UAL Showroom is open to the public and free to visit with no booking required. For more information and opening times please visit the UAL Showroom.