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Inspiring art for Derbyshire...

Bringing a rising artist to the county

In 2019, Mall Galleries and the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award are inviting FBA Futures alumni to be considered for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award. This exciting biennial residency is an opportunity for a rising artist to produce and exhibit a body of new work inspired by Derbyshire’s landscape, heritage and people, under the broad theme: 'Sense of Place'.

Applications for the next Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award will be by invitation only for alumni of FBA Futures, the UK’s biggest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, selected from across the nation by members of the Federation of British Artists.

We are looking for a talented, organised, self-motivated artist who will be able to communicate effectively and confidently with the local community, act as an ambassador for the Award and the University and who has the maturity and personal skills to work with people on all levels.

The successful artist will receive a bursary of £18,000, the use of a studio in Derby, a contribution to the cost of materials, the opportunity to work on a community outreach project and a Teaching Fellowship at (and support and mentoring from) University of Derby’s College of Arts.

During the nine-month residency (between October 2019 and June 2020), the selected artist will focus on producing new work for public exhibition, including solo exhibitions at Derby Museum and Art Gallery in late 2020 and, in 2021, an exhibition at Mall Galleries alongside the FBA Futures exhibition.

Applications will open to past exhibitors of FBA Futures between 31 January and 28 February 2019 and can be made by visiting the Mall Galleries website.

About FBA Futures

Launched by Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists (FBA) in 2012, FBA Futures is an annual exhibition which showcases the best in new figurative painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking by outstanding art graduates.

In recent years the exhibition has trebled in size and increased its reach by selecting artists graduating from art schools across the United Kingdom. This wide coverage provides a bird’s-eye view of emerging figurative art, indicating where those leaving art education each year might take the genre. Such a survey allows audiences to understand today’s preoccupations of tomorrow’s artists shining a spotlight onto the common themes and ideas held by the next generation of artists.

To date, including FBA Futures 2019, over 175 artists from 39 art schools have exhibited across seven editions of the exhibition, all of whom will be eligible to win the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award.

Find out more about FBA Futures.

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