UK-wide programme announced for fig-futures 2018-2019

Published 26 January 2018

Following the success of fig-2's programme of 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks at the ICA Studio in London, fig-futures will see four partner venues host 16 shows across 16 weeks.

Art Fund are pleased to support fig-futures, a rapid-fire series of 16 shows across four museum partners over 16 weeks, across 2018/19.

Activating the same curatorial framework as fig-2 – 50 projects in 50 weeks at the ICA Studio – each venue will organise four exhibitions in four consecutive weeks by fig-2 alumni artists.

Building on each artist’s ongoing practice and presenting exhibitions in a new and different environment, fig-futures aims to reach out to new audiences, and capture the aesthetic and critical currency of today. Alongside the exhibitions, public events and curatorial workshops, artworks by each exhibiting artist will be gifted into museum collections.

The museum partners are:

  • Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (May 2018)
  • Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge with Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (September 2018)
  • The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester (November 2018)
  • The Box, Plymouth hosted by KARST (March 2019)

Participating artists include: Allison Katz, Ruth Beale, Rebecca Birch, Amy Stephens, Oreet Ashery, Broomberg & Chanarin, Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio, Eva Rothschild & Joe Moran, Anna Barham, Kathryn Elkin, Ben Judd, Annika Ström, Laura Eldret, Eva Grubinger, Charlotte Moth, and Suzanne Treister.

In addition, fig-2 have also just published a new book, produced with Black Dog Publishing, detailing the 50 projects in 50 weeks that took place in 2015 in London, following an Art Happens crowdfunding campaign.

The title includes specially commissioned essays and interviews with prominent art-world figures including Louisa Buck, Caroline Douglas, Gilda Williams, Catherine Wood and Hans Ulrich Obrist, with introductions by Mark Francis, Candida Gertler OBE, Ed Dolman, Stephen Deuchar, Desiree Bollier, Gregor Muir and Fatos Ustek.

fig-futures is supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset.

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