Published on January 23, 2013 | by Alexandra Coeln

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Future mapped for Chelsea graduate

Sophie Chamberlain accepts Future Map award

Sophie Chamberlain received her prize from Anita Zabludowicz (l) and UAL vice-chancellor Nigel Carrington (r) [Alastair Johnstone]

A Chelsea College of Art and Design graduate has been announced as the fourth winner of the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize.

Sophie Chamberlain has been awarded £3,000 to develop her work into a new limited edition piece and will also be helped during key points of her career.

Chamberlain spoke to Arts London News about the difference winning the prize would make to her as an art graduate. She said: “It means I can produce more work. Because six months after graduating is not an easy time.

“It is really important to come to exhibitions and galleries like this. It makes people happy and it shows artist that they shouldn’t give up.”

Outstanding work

Chamberlain’s work was described as “outstanding and very challenging” by judge and founder of the Zabludowicz Collection, Anita Zabludowicz.

The exhibition was held at Central St Martins college and showcased the work of 30 graduates from UAL with a focus on fine art.

“It is really important to come to exhibitions and galleries like this. It makes people happy and it shows artist that they shouldn’t give up.” Sophie Chamberlain, Chelsea graduate

Monica Alcazar-Duarte, an MA Photojournalism student at London College of Communication also attended the private view of the exhibition. She said: “It’s very interesting to see the young people making such high quality work. It is very encouraging to see what the new voices are and what they have to say.”

Some previous students and graduates with work shown at Future Map have gone on to show their work at the Tate Modern. The artwork submitted by Una Burke, a graduate at the London College of Fashion, was later used by Lady Gaga in one of her stage shows.

Opportunities

George Blacklock, Dean of college at Chelsea, says Future Map creates opportunities for students to develop their career: “It embodies the ideas and objects of the graduates and the possibilities that can lead from it.

“The individuals who are represented here have in their locker something that can lead to a great future in the art world and that starts with visual wit and a sense of intrigue that you will find in these works. I love the open-mindedness of this work, its optimism and positivity.”

“Future Map embodies the ideas and objects of the graduates and the possibilities that can lead from it.” George Blacklock, Dean of college, Chelsea

With graduate unemployment figures remaining high, the students and graduates exhibiting at the show also spoke of the magnitude of the opportunity they had been given.

Shih Hsiung Chou, 24, a CSM graduate whose artwork was in the exhibition described Future Map as a “huge stepping-stone for graduates who want to start in the art world.

“It is very hard to gain recognition in the art world, so to be able to show during Future Map is an honour, especially because the exhibition is extremely well curated,” she added.

The Future Map exhibition is being held at the Lethaby Gallery at CSM and is open daily until February 9.

 

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