FBA – Futures Exhibition: 9-20 January 2017



“FBA Futures … makes a hugely eloquent and convincing case (at what is a difficult moment for the so called ‘soft’ visual arts) for the strength and vigour of both painting and sculptural practice in our art schools” – Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine

Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2016, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA).  The exhibition will be an exciting mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship. FBA Futures maps new practices from British Art Schools, inviting audiences to discover emerging talent and experience exciting new work.


Exhibition sponsored by Minerva


Very surprised and happy to have been selected to take part in the FBA – Futures 2017 show at the Mall Galleries.  It was a wonderful moment when the invitation to take part in the show pinged into my inbox.

The private view was on Monday 9th January 2017 which happened, with amazing synchronicity, to coincide with a  tube strike.  Despite this lots of people braved the rain and the lack of transportation to attend the show to make it a lively evening for all and support those exhibiting work.  It was a great evening.

Running alongside the Futures show was ‘By Popular Demand’ which revisited the past winners of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize’s Visitors’ Choice Award (formerly The Threadneedle Prize), and recipients of the FBA Selectors’ Choice and FBA Emerging Artist Prize from the first two years of the competition.

And Lot 5 Collective – An independent group of figurative artists producing beautiful and contemporary works.

The show was curated in such a way that the positioned artworks supported each other round the room to give an overall strong and balanced feel to the exhibition.

A variety of work had been picked from paintings, drawing and sculpture from art schools all around the UK.


Above is a selection of the work on show. All the work can be seen here: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/fba-futures-2017


The following evening (Tuesday 10 January 2017) was a net working evening held at the Bermondsey Arts Club, a colourful underground venue, formerly Public Toilets.  It was an opportunity for students to talk to each other, something not possible on the PV evening,  and discuss each other’s work.

There were helpful talks by Sophie Hill of the Nunnery Gallery (co-director) part of Bow arts and Charlie Day (painter) who runs an artist-led exhibition space, Studio One Gallery, with his wife and fellow painter, Tori Day. Joshua Waterhouse, currently selected for the BP Portrait award 2016 also gave a short talk on his work and how his career was helped by the invitation to take part in a previous FBA – Futures show.


My favourite picture of the three shows was by Aishan Yu a previous winner of the FBA emerging artist prize in 2009.  Beautiful piece combining fine pencil work and free painted colours integrated into lots of space.