The FR Awards, one of the most sought-after graduate prizes in the UK, will return for the third year to The Truman Brewery from 7th – 14th February 2019. Three winners were hand-picked from the annual Free Range graduate shows, which showcase a new generation of cutting-edge talent from across the UK, to create new work that will go on display in their own solo exhibitions.
Zimbabwe-born fine artist Jasper Pedyo was chosen by judges for his three large, painted constructions entitled Kisses, Hugs and Jo’Burg. Following his success at Free Range 2018, Jasper opened his first solo show The Expanded Field at 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, which was featured as the Financial Times’ Critics’ Choice. For his new exhibition, Lost in the Sauce, Jasper aims to blur the line between sculpture and painting – altering the shape of the canvas frame and presenting bold and contrasting colours that are free from brushstrokes and recognisable imagery.
Cole Flynn Quirke is a photographer from Brighton whose photographic process is primarily autobiographical. Cole experiments with moving image, sound and collage in his work, and prints all photographs by hand. Cole’s work was recently featured in the show Many & Beautiful Things at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance. For his new exhibition, A Bird Flies Backwards, Cole has chosen to explore and document his own views on existence – looking at life, death and understanding change following his grandmother’s death.
London-based artist Polly Evans creates installations that use video, sound and spoken word to engage viewers with political and social problems in modern day Britain. No Man Is an Island is Polly’s first solo exhibition. It looks at the current economic and social landscape of our country and the detrimental impact the future may have on younger generations. Like the poem, No Man Is an Island by John Donne, it explores ideas of division and separation and asks the question; What is the future for a nation so divided?