Futuremap is now irrefutably established as one of London’s most important events to showcase up-and-coming creative talent. This week, the 2009 edition opens in the on-trend surrounds of the20 Hoxton Square Gallery.
On display will be works by 25 names to watch, each chosen from hundreds of University of the Arts London graduates by an intimidating panel made up by the likes of Frieze magazine founder Matthew Slotover and Alasdhair Willis of Established and Sons.
The oeuvres are multi-disciplinary and include painting, sculpture, jewellery design, animation and digital media. Which explains the cheerfully eclectic mix of angular, body-augmenting fashion from Una Burke; graphic, linear animation from Kristian de La Riva; imagined futures in watercolour and oil from Adam Dix; and paper-based architectural machinations from Craig Barnes. All in all, the work on show at Futuremap sets out, boldly, to affirm the formidable reach of this leading London-based creative institution.
A series of seminars, events and extracurricular events will run alongside the exhibition itself. This includes an intriguing ‘critics confessional’ - a Big Brother-style set up from which visitors can offer their views on the work on show.
Futuremap '09 is on show till 31 December 2010.