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Saatchi Gallery LONDON GRADS NOW exhibit HSoA alumni work

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Saatchi Gallery’s LONDON GRADS NOW exhibition celebrates young artists and offers a platform for the most promising talent graduating this year from the UK's prestigious art schools and universities. The show runs from 3 - 25 September at the famed Chelsea hotspot.

We are delighted to announce that three HSoA alumni, who studied on our Foundation and specialist courses, were selected this week . Congratulations to Heini King, Emily Moore and Alistair MacKinnon on their achievement and their graduation from CSM, RCA and Chelsea respectively.

The Frank Bowling Bursary

These successes are even more meaningful to HSoA, as all three alumni were recipients of the Frank Bowling Bursary. Frank Bowling RA OBE and painter Alan Gouk became our first Artist-Patrons since Henry Moore in 1947. Both patrons took great interest in the students, dedicating their time and sharing their prodigious talents. Working alongside Alan Gouk was a major inspiration for Emily Moore in particular. She attended many of his workshops held in our studios in NW3 and Alan helped her to realize and strengthen her creative potential through experimentation and dialogue.

London Grads Now Curator Greta Voeller in discussion with the Principal Isabel H Langtry said, “It’s been a great experience for us, and we have loved working with Heini King and are delighted to include her marvellous work in this display”. The Principal commented “For me to see the work of HSoA students being recognised in this exhibition is a thrill”

A Personal Vision

The work is rich in contemporary thinking, fusing the personal with the global, and injecting the social positioning of their own hearts and minds. Heini King explores the notion that identity is not fixed, a visual philosophy with psychoanalysis, Emily Moore explores ‘chains’ as ideas, actions and evidence, while Alistair MacKinnon breathes new life into the ancient figures found at the British Museum, scanning them and reimagining the endurance hunting of Homo Sapiens- the best endurance mammals on the planet.

The Saatchi Gallery London Grads Now exhibits a sense of the immense power of the individual. Harnessing that power is a remarkable thing! Our role as viewing participants is to immerse ourselves in this swirling dynamism while simultaneously linking each disparate element to the grander composition; which is the meaning of our own lives and values.

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