We were sincerely hoping there would be no necessity for another series of cancelled grad show exhibitions, yet the need for Final not Over — again is clear. A second year of missing Fine Art graduation shows, an incalculable loss for all of us, but for the graduates in particular: they are unable to share and celebrate some of the most formative moments of their lives.
Last year Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop were the first to provide exhibitions for 64 artists from 4 different art colleges in the UK when their shows were cancelled. This year, again, we have been inviting applications from graduates for four more sessions of cancelled graduation exhibitions, and again, we received an incredible number and variety of applications from students.
Over the course of this complex year we have learned much more about this difficult problem and the extent of its impact on art students. In a live conversation with Pause or Pay on Instagram (see it here) we discussed their campaign to empower students, who received little to no support from their institutions in the Covid-19 climate and we concluded: the problem is of epic proportion.
Whilst the condition for this exhibition series is really unfortunate, we love to be able to provide and celebrate this opportunity for graduates — to experience a final, physical show on a professional level, to see their works out of the studio and given the prestige they have worked so hard for to achieve.
Please be sure to book your visit to discover and applaud these artists for continuous strength in such challenging times.
About Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop and the Workshop Foundation:
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is an exhibition and residency space in London and unique in its approach to bringing artists and their practices to the public. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by providing them with space and time to develop their practice, network within our growing community, be mentored by team members and crucially be introduced to their expansive network of collectors, art educators, professionals and visitors.
Through their residency programmes and exhibitions, they give artists, curators and theorists a platform to present work and share ideas as well as creating an environment for freethinking and exchange.
They have now organised more than 40 exhibitions with over 120 artists and curators, with 10 exhibitions and 25 artists in residence a year, drawing in international audiences and participants, as well as being a local landmark in the community of Kensington and Chelsea and its surrounds.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop was founded in 2015 by artist Stacie McCormick in a former builder’s merchant.