Dundee graduates compete for £20,000 worth of prizes at showcase


Sixteen University of Dundee graduates will be among the artists and architects exhibiting when a showcase for young creative talent opens this weekend.

The 11th annual RSA New Contemporaries  will open to the public at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh on Saturday 15 February.

The Dundee contingent will compete for prizes with a total value of more than £20,000 having been selected on the strength of their work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show last year.

A further 46 graduates of other art colleges and architecture schools across Scotland will also be exhibiting.

The artists who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone are Katherine Fay Allan, Rory Campbell, Daryl Cooney, Hannah Crooks, Iliana Francia-Elliott, Emma Goodwin, Emma-Louise Grady, Renee Hunter, Cal McCutcheon, Owen McLauchlin & Jodie Williamson (selected as collaborators), Lucia Pearla, Sam Renson, Jacob Scott and Jakub Stepanovic.

Georgios Chatzikomnou studied Architecture at the University’s School of Social Sciences. All 16 graduated from the University last summer and, in being selected for RSA New Contemporaries, they follow in the footsteps of 161 Dundee alumni who have exhibited at it since its inception in 2009, winning more than £60,000 in prizes in that time.

Image provided by The University of Dundee.

Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, said: “Each year, the RSA New Contemporaries encapsulates the very best of Scotland’s emerging artistic talent and we are delighted that so many of our graduates have again been selected to participate in the exhibition.

“Duncan of Jordanstone graduates have a track record of success within this prestigious exhibition and awards, and I am sure that the 2020 cohort will also excel. We wish our rising stars every success for the exhibition, the attention that it brings to their work and careers, and we hope that their evident talent and excellence will be further recognised through prizes and awards.”

Cameron Wilson, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University, added: “It has been great to see the work of Georgios’ develop throughout his five years of study with us.

“I have no doubt that with the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition and Georgios’ intelligent inventiveness, determination and flair he will continue the tradition of graduates from Dundee going on to establish themselves as some of the best young architects in the country.”

The New Contemporaries programme reflects the RSA’s commitment to supporting and presenting the best contemporary work in Scotland.

“The RSA team works closely with the artists and architects towards developing a lasting relationship in the lead up to the exhibition and beyond.

These recent graduates will have the opportunity to launch their careers at the RSA galleries by exhibiting a substantial body of work, including painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation.

Works will be for sale and the exhibition offers patrons the opportunity to invest in Scotland’s up and coming talent.

The 2020 RSA New Contemporaries takes place at the RSA Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh, from 15 February to 11 March.

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