ART NEWS: @SaatchiArt + @Absolut Announce Studio Fund and New Sensation Artists

Charles Richardson

New Sensations Exhibition runs till Saturday 18th October 2014
B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 www.saatchiart.com/newsensations
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Saatchi Art and Absolut have announced the return of the Studio Fund as part of this year’s New Sensations Exhibition in London.

Absolut’s latest limited edition, the Absolut Warhol, follows the brand’s celebrated tradition of introducing cutting-edge designs and limited edition. The Warhol edition is black with blue, pink and yellow details – replicating Andy Warhol’s original Absolut Warhol painting.

Absolut asked 3 of the artists shortlisted for New Sensations 2014 to create a new, original artwork exploring the theme of transformation. From a longlist, Saatchi Art selected 25 graduates from BA and MA courses at UK and the Republic of Ireland colleges and universities for the New Sensations shortlist.
Of these 25 artists, three were commissioned by Absolut to make a new piece of work: Felicity Hammond, Emily Motto, and Jessica Ramm.

A panel of judges that included gallery founder and curator Ceri Hand, renowned artist Tom Hunter, arts writer Jessica Lack, Bloomberg New Contemporaries director Kirsty Ogg, and Saatchi Art chief curator Rebecca Wilson chose Charles Richardson (The Slade School of Fine Art) as the overall winner of the New Sensations prize for his 3D animated film, “Rehearsal,” (2014).

“I explore such themes as autobiography, male identity, popular culture and historicity: patterns that weave themselves into the contemporary. It is the incompatibilities in this weave that especially fascinate me. However, I do not wish to objectify my subjective experience, rather I prefer to create work that stands on its own two feet producing autonomous and seductive experiences.”

Charles Richardson

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Charles Richardson (The Slade School of Fine Art) Rehearsal, 2014

“I explore such themes as autobiography, male identity, popular culture and historicity: patterns that weave themselves into the contemporary. It is the incompatibilities in this weave that especially fascinate me. However, I do not wish to objectify my subjective experience, rather I prefer to create work that stands on its own two feet producing autonomous and seductive experiences.”

Three runners up included:

Emily Motto Artwork
Emily Motto (Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford) Absolut Play, 2014

Jessica Ramm Artwork
Jessica Ramm (Edinburgh College of Art) Source, 2014

Felicity Hammond Artwork
Felicity Hammond (Royal College of Art, London) Curing Agent, 2014

You can see their work at New Sensations. The overall winner of the Absolut Studio Fund will receive financial support to help fund a studio space for 12 months.

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