Published on February 5, 2014 | by Danil Boparai


Six CSM students selected for The Catlin Guide 2014

The latest version of the Catlin Guide, a highly regarded list comprising of the 40 most promising art graduates in Britain, includes six former students at CSM.

Ophelia Finke in her studio with her team

Nine of the artists showcased in the guide will be shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize [Laurence Ellis and Ophelia Finke]

The graduates featured in the guide, which is in its fifth edition and which was unveiled during the London Art Fair on January 15, are:

  • Sara Fortais, BA Fine Art
  • Ophelia Fink, BA Fine Art
  • John Costi, BA Fine Art
  • Lara Morrell, MA Photography
  • Ksenia Burnaslova, MA Photography
  • Nikolas Ventourakis, MA Photography

The limited edition book features profiles of 40 undergraduate and postgraduate artists from the latest BA, MA and PG Dip final exhibitions and shows.

Justin Hammond, who compiled and edited the 2014 guide, visited UK art colleges to seek out fresh talent and selects the artists after a series of interviews, as well as holding discussions with the UK’s leading curators, art tutors and galleries.


Sarah Fortais spoke to Arts London News about her selection: “I was not expecting to make it into the guide. After learning about the criteria for selection, I became very excited, especially since friends from CSM and Slade [School of Fine Art] had also been included.

“I felt that the kinds of questions that Justin Hammond asked me about my work – to subsequently be published in the guide – were thoughtful and dug deeply into my motivations as well as the methodology behind my sculptures,” she said.

“For this reason I feel like it is an accurate representation of myself and of the work I produced at UAL. The Catlin Guide 2014 is a beautiful, blue object –a pleasure to hold – and I’m really happy to be included.”

Fine Art graduate John Costi, whose final show was called “the most original thing I’d seen” by Hammond, said in a recent interview:

“It’s a very important publication so it’s kind of weird. It’s great that I’m in it. It’s recognition – it’s nice to know that someone else thinks that what I’m doing isn’t a waste of time.“


Fellow Fine Art student Ophelia Fink compared being chosen for the guide to being “a Michelin guide chef. It’s wonderful.”

The Catlin Guide 2014 is recognised as an essential tool for those that follow contemporary art due to the fact that it has predicted principal upcoming trends within the industry with the artists it features. It is distributed throughout the art world and gives those presented a platform for their work, something that photography graduate Nikolas Ventorakis is excited about: “It was a nice surprise when I found out that I would be part of the guide and it is exciting to be selected together with so many of my friends from CSM.

“The selection by itself does not mean that I achieved anything, yet the inclusion of my work in the catalog will bring it perhaps to the attention of a wider audience and that is great, as we all want our projects to be seen by as many people as possible,” he said.


Nine of the artists showcased in the guide will now be shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize, which will be assessed in May. The winner will receive the judges’ prize of £5,000, while a public vote at the exhibition and on the website will lead to the awarding of another prize, of £2,000.

Last year, the winner was Slade School of Fine Art graduate Terry Ryu Kim, who received the £5,000 prize.

The Catlin Guide 2014 is available from Amazon, Culture Label and selected booksellers, recommended price £12.99.


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