Hannah Grace: Free Range Emerging Art Award Artist #7 Answers FAD’s Questions



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This Year FAD have teamed up with Degree Art and Cass Art to help launch The Free Range Emerging Art Award .
Over the coming weeks we will be interviewing all 10 winners of the 2013 award. As well as reading about the artists on FAD you will be able to buy their work via DegreeArt.com and FAD will also be following how all ten progress during the next year .

Here is the 7th Interview Hannah Grace from Arts University Bournemouth

1. How was Free Range for you ?
I had a great time being part of the Free Range exhibition. Brick Lane was the perfect location as a busy, up-and-coming area there were lots of people who just happened across the exhibition as well as people who had planned to visit. It was a fantastic space to display my piece in as it had great light and I liked the fact that it wasn’t a perfect white cube, it had a lot of character.

2. What do you hope to achieve in your first year after graduation?
In this next year I want to change the direction of my work more towards illustration. I love drawing and it is the way that I express myself. My plan is to move to London in the new year and work from a studio in which there are other artists working in a variety of practices. I will develop my portfolio and promote myself as a free-lance illustrator.

3.Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
In this last year of my degree I have been exploring how cartography is assumed to give a reliable and objective description, and thus is given authority. But maps are inevitably abstract as a result of selection, omission and codification. A fiction created from a factual observation, they present only one version of the earths surface. Cartographic rules give a network of assumptions which I use and exploit within my work.

4. How do you start the process of making work?
I work a lot in my sketchbook. I love gaining new knowledge so I do a lot of research. I then start to explore ideas in more depth and try to develop them and challenge myself to create something unexpected.

5. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
I think the time that I consider the viewer is when I am working out how to present the piece. I start to wonder how they will perceive what I have made and how they will interact with it both physically and mentally.

6. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work.
Michael Murphy, Jonty Hurwitz and Georgia Russell.

7. What defines something as a work of art?
I think art is something that makes you see the world in a different way.
It answers the questions that you the artist have asked and at the same time asks a new question.

8.Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
I would love to be inside Eschers mind. His work is so complex and I would be very interested to explore his thought process.

9. Have you investigated selling your art online ?
I have recently started an Etsy online shop in order to sell prints of my work.
I am also currently setting up my online profile with Degree Art.

10. What’s next for you?
I will be exhibiting at Aspex in Portsmouth as a part of the ‘Someone and Something’ exhibition later this year.
I have also been invited to be part of a conceptual drawing project which will focus on the relationship between objects and geographic spaces.

Read Eve Laws Q & A number 1: HERE

Read Charlotte Cousins Q & A number 2 : HERE

Read Ina Tricker Q & A number 3 : HERE

Read Nathan Little Q & A number 4: HERE

Read Esme Eros Q & A number 5 : HERE

Read Viviane Fallah Q & A number 6 HERE

About The Free Range Emerging Art Award
The ‘Free Range emerging art award” has been created in conjunction with FAD, Degree Art and Cass Art, designed to support 10 young artists in the year following their graduation.

As an annual showcase of British-based art and design graduates, Free Range brings together a vast network of young graduates for a series of free exhibitions at The Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane. Over a hundred courses and more than 3000 students exhibit their work across five disciplines: fashion & textiles; design; photography & media; contemporary & fine art; interior design & architecture.

FAD, Degree Art & Cass Art are all committed to discovering and nurturing new art talent and, under the guidance of founder and creative director Tamsin O’Hanlon, Free Range has long been dedicated to providing a support network to students after graduation.

The 10 recipients of the award will be selected from the graduate work exhibited at Free Range’s Art weeks (28th June – 8th July) by a panel of industry experts: Mark Westall (founder and creative director of FAD), Elinor Olisa (Co-Founder of DegreeArt), James Bidwell, (CEO of Cass Art), Ryan Stanier (Director of The Other Art Fair) and Tamsin O’Hanlon (founder and creative director of Free Range). The 10 artists who the judging panel believe to have the potential to succeed, will all receive:
• Representation and mentoring from DegreeArt, who specialise in identifying and mentoring talented graduates
• On-going editorial coverage and support from FAD
• A £100 bursary from Cass Art
• Automatic entry into the Signature Art Prize
An Exhibition in 2014 at The Truman Brewery


Free Range is an Old Truman Brewery special project set up by Tamsin O’Hanlon to provide new creative graduates with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level. Attracting visitor numbers of over 100,000, the annual Free Range exhibitions present the work of thousands of art, design students in several distinct categories including: fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design.

DegreeArt.com was founded in 2003 and is one of the UK’s first Online Art Galleries. Over the past 10 years, DegreeArt.com has established itself as the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales, hand picking and promoting the most promising artistic talent. DegreeArt.com offers clients the opportunity to invest in the artists of the future.

?????????Cass Art is London’s leading independent art retailer offering the world’s finest art materials. Committed to encouraging everyone to realise their creative talents, Cass Art supports and ?promotes emerging talent through a number of prizes and art initiatives across the capital.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine Founder and co-publisher Art of Conversation and founder of the platform @worldoffad

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