FBA Futures is the UK’s biggest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship. In 2019, forty-one artists and over eighty works will be presented in the largest exhibition of FBA Futures since it began in 2012.
One of the leading themes emerging from the artists’ work is a preoccupation with the digital realm, expressed in a diversity of ways through subject, process or aesthetic. Some are on a search for authenticity in a world that is part constructed online, whilst others see technology as an increasingly essential extension of a biological existence. Some are evolving the figurative for the meme generation, whilst others are actively resisting the digital epoch, favouring instead a new faux naïve painting style, or the use of found materials and collage.
FBA Futures presents works by artists exploring a diversity of subjects and the intersections between them including the built environment; nature and the rural; the politics of migration, displacement and diaspora; globalisation, commercialisation, identity and alienation.
During FBA Futures, several awards will be made including: Be Smart About Art Award, Hottinger Prize for Excellence and Great Art Visitors’ Choice Award.
FBA Futures, participating artists:
Darja Abdirova (Gray's School of Art), Annie-Marie Akussah (Wimbledon College of Art), Larry Amponsah (Royal College of Art), Rodrigo Arteaga (Slade School of Fine Art), Keron Beattie (Norwich University of the Arts), Zoe Beaudry (Glasgow School of Art), Jack Candy-Kemp (Wimbledon College of Art), Gabriel Chaim (Wimbledon College of Art), Corinna D'Schoto (Glasgow School of Art), Ben Edmunds (Royal College of Art), Angus Fernie (Glasgow School of Art), Emma Fineman (Royal College of Art), Alexander Fox-Robinson (Carmarthen School of Art), Gabriela Giroletti (Slade School of Fine Art), Keziah Greenwood (University of Brighton), Lucy Gregory (Royal College of Art), India Johnson (Newcastle University), Clarissa Lim (Royal College of Art), Andrew Loggie (City & Guilds of London Art School), Jemisha Maadhavji (De Montfort University), Amy McMillan (Falmouth University), Yasmin Moore-Milne (Gray's School of Art), Joseph Nichol (Central Saint Martins), Tomi Olopade (Leeds Arts University), David Paton (Gray's School of Art), Oliver Pearce (Camberwell College of Arts), Qian Qian (Goldsmiths), Carmel Reid (The School of Art, Aberystwyth University), Francisco Rodriguez (Slade School of Fine Art), Ania Sabet (Heatherley School of Fine Art), Mohammed Sami (Goldsmiths), Juan Carlos Sanchez Sabogal (Wimbledon College of Art), Tina Scopa (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee), Ella Squirrell (Falmouth School of Art), Elinor Stanley (Open School East), Angharad Taris (The School of Art, Aberystwyth University), Joshua von Uexkull (Central Saint Martins), Jesse Wade (Royal College of Art), Nicholas Watterson (Leeds Arts University), Amy Whittle (Belfast School of Art, Ulster University), Maddalena Zadra (University of Brighton).