Vivien Zhang Chadwell Award Exhibition
(B. 1990, Beijing) Vivien Zhang is a London based artist and graduate from the Royal College of Art, London. Zhang’s work looks at the idea of repetition and Painting as site for assemblage. Growing up in China, Kenya and Thailand, Zhang’s work generates intersections between abstraction, geographical fluidity, and a sense of placelessness from personal experience. Self-referential grounds are built and subsequently interrupted by context-specific motifs; repetition strengthens but also makes the motifs redundant; hierarchies and distances are constantly renegotiated to confront expectations and assumptions.
About the Chadwell Award
Set up in 2010, the Chadwell Award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist by giving a recent Fine Art MA graduate a free studio in Bow, London for a year, together with a bursary of £5,000.
In 2014 the award was offered to postgraduate students studying fine art at The Royal Academy Schools and the Royal College of Art. The 2014 Selection panel included: Briony Anderson (Artist), Andrew Post and Mary Aylmer (Patrons), and Sir John Tusa (arts commentator, former Chairman of the University of the Arts, former Managing Director of the Barbican).