June 14, 2012
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Simon Bainbridge reports in the BJP about the start of student final year exhibitions. Free Range is involved and on their website list many of the Final Year Exhibitions around the country at different colleges.
“Free Range returns this summer, providing its annual showcase for this year’s arts graduates and, perhaps, the opportunity to be discovered by some influential art director or curator.
Founded by Tamsin O’Hanlon in 2001, Free Range is now Europe’s largest graduate art and design exhibition. Showing at Old Truman Brewery complex off Brick Lane in east London, it’s talent-spotting made easy, with each week of its two-month run devoted to a particular art form.
Contrast that to more than a decade ago, when degree shows were largely held locally, and graduates from outside London remained disconnected from many of the most important people in their market. In an attempt to attract a more influential audience that could help kick start their students’ careers, some colleges began hiring spaces to promote their degree shows in the capital. But that depended on the largely unfounded assumption that galleries and image buyers were prepared to schlep round dozens of venues. Some colleges still do, using venues such as Foto8 or the Candid Arts Trust, but Free Range provides the cluster effect that allows satellite events to thrive……MORE