Posted on Tue 04 Jun 2019
Free Range returns in June 2019 for a three-week long summer exhibition of cutting-edge and emerging talent at East London’s Truman Brewery.
The work of over 800 art and photography students will be on display, showcasing fresh creativity from across the UK. The annual exhibition, now in its nineteenth year, attracts students from over 50 top academic and creative institutions, from Edinburgh to Brighton, providing a platform for their work and preparing them for the next stage of their careers. As a result of the overwhelming popularity of the art and photography offerings, 2019’s showcase will place specific focus on the two mediums, weeks one and two will be dedicated to photography and fine art in the third.
These emerging artists will work together to curate and design their own exhibitions across the Truman Brewery warehouses allowing for a diverse cross-section of work from the UK’s top rising creatives. Free Range provides the opportunity for graduates to connect with both experts in the industry and their peers whilst hosting panel discussions and multiple workshops for the students to begin to network with the wider arts world and aims to provide a platform for artists beyond their education. Free Range 2019 will culminate with the FR Awards 2020, where a relevant panel of industry experts and professionals will judge participants to award the ‘Best in Show’. The awards, introduced in 2016, provide winners with funding towards their own solo exhibition and personal mentorship in the lead up towards their own exhibitions.
Next year the Truman Brewery will host the 20th anniversary of the Free Range graduate art fair highlighting the success stories of former Free Range exhibitors who have gone on to; shoot campaigns for Miu Miu (Jamie Hawkesworth), photograph the likes Damien Hirst (Lily Bertrand-Webb), found creative print fair Future Artefacts and work for the art publisher Ditto Press (Ben Freeman) and fashion and portrait photographer (Sophie Mayanne).