The Catlin Guide 2015 / Read


London, UK - The sixth edition of The Catlin Guide 2015 New Artists in the UK was unveiled at The London Art Fair 2015, 21st – 25th January. The Catlin Guide was presented on stand P25 alongside a selection of work by featured artists from the book. This fully-illustrated limited edition publication introduces 40 of the most exciting new graduate and postgraduate artists from UK art schools.

New features this year include an introductory interview with editor Justin Hammond by art critic Freire Barnes, and interviews with each artist detailing their up-coming exhibitions and aspirations for the future.

Painting, photography and sculpture are all strongly represented in this year’s publication, with many artists working in mixed media. Artists exhibiting at the London Art Fair include Fanny Wickström (Glasgow School of Art), Nicholas Johnson (RCA), Dominic Hawgood (RCA), and Oliver Hickmet (City and Guilds of London Art School).

“It’s about locating potential,” says Hammond, who compiles his top 40 in consultation with leading gallerists, curators, collectors and course tutors, following the most recent round of final shows and a lengthy series of studio visits.

“I’m looking for artists who are in it because they couldn’t possibly imagine ever doing anything else. Avoiding a precise criterion keeps the process exciting.”

“Selection for the book can be a springboard, especially for graduates from the smaller schools, outside of the major cities” continues Hammond. “Perhaps they stand to gain the most from making the final 40. The Catlin Guide will introduce their work to a new audience and help facilitate partnerships with curators and collectors.”

The Catlin Guide 2015 continues to be the only publication of its kind. It has become established as an indispensable tool for followers of emerging contemporary art, and a collectible item in its own right.

As title sponsors of The Catlin Guide and the Catlin Art Prize, Catlin Group Limited – one of the world's leading insurers of fine art – continues to help realise the ambitions of promising new artists.

The Catlin Guide 2015 New Artists in the UK was available on the Catlin Guide stand P25, in the Art Projects section of the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, 21st – 25th January. Following the launch, it is available to buy for £12.99 from Amazon, Waterstones and selected booksellers.

To request a copy of The Catlin Guide 2015, images or any other press related enquiries please contact Anna Vinegrad or on 0781 3808 487.

Editor's Notes 

  1. The Catlin Guide is an introduction to the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK, recommended by a wide survey of curators, art writers, collectors, gallerists and course tutors. Each individual profile features a Q&A interview about future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for 2015. Launching as a strictly limited book at The London Art Fair between January 21st – 25th 2015, The Catlin Guide will be presented alongside work by many of the featured artists.
  2. The Catlin Art Prize. Now entering its ninth year, the Catlin Art Prize is an annual event showcasing the most promising art school graduates one year on from their degree exhibitions. The Prize is unique in providing the artists with the time and opportunity to develop their practice, encouraging them to demonstrate their progress by producing a new body of work to be exhibited at Londonewcastle Project Space, London 7th – 30th May 2015. The selected artists are taken from The Catlin Guide and are considered to be producing work of an outstanding quality, which demonstrates their capacity to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade.
  3. The editor of The Catlin Guide and curator of the Catlin Art Prize is the independent curator and art writer Justin Hammond.
  4. Catlin Group Limited is an international specialist property/casualty insurer and reinsurer and a leading underwriter of art insurance, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Catlin underwrites fine art insurance for a wide variety of clients including museums, dealers, exhibitions and private collections. Catlin has dedicated fine art underwriters based in London, New York, Sydney and Singapore. Catlin works in parallel with its policyholders and their insurance brokers to develop imaginative and effective risk management solutions. By doing so, Catlin underwriters help their clients realise their ambitions. Catlin operates the largest syndicate at Lloyd's of London, based on premium volume, as well as Catlin UK, a leading underwriting of commercial insurance in the UK.
  5. London Art Fair. London Art Fair 21st – 25th January 2015, Business Design Centre, Islington is the UK's largest art fair for Modern British and contemporary art, with over 100 galleries featuring the great names of the 20th century alongside exceptional recent work, from leading figures and emerging talent. For a full list of galleries and the latest London Art Fair news please visit

The Guide / Read

The Catlin Guide is an elegant, limited edition collection of artist profiles, introducing the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK. Printed annually, each edition exhibits the artists’ latest work and details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for the coming year.

The Catlin Guide 2015 launched at The London Art Fair on 21 January 2015, alongside work by many of the featured artists. The artists are selected for their work shown in the most recent series of BA, MA, MFA and PG Dip final exhibitions where they demonstrate ambition, skill and integrity. The Catlin Guide is distributed throughout the art industry and has developed an excellent reputation as an accurate and exciting overview of new British art. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high profile shows.

The print run remains strictly limited, and we anticipate many collectors rushing to secure a copy at launch. However, the Guide will be available to purchase from Amazon, Culture Label, Waterstones, Blackwell's and selected art bookshops.

Download a Catlin Guide


The Prize / Read

The Catlin Art Prize gives talented young artists who have recently graduated from UK art schools the opportunity to showcase their work professionally and win a significant monetary award towards their future development.

From the Guide, a small number of artists are selected as finalists for the Prize and are invited to demonstrate their progress by presenting a new body of work at the Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held 12 months on from graduation. Finalist selection is based on the standard of their work and their potential to make a significant mark in the art world over the course of their early careers.

From the 2014 Guide seven artists were selected as finalists and exhibited their new work at the Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held May 2014.

During the 2014 exhibition an independent panel of judges including Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger selected Neil Raitt as the winner who will receive the £5,000 prize. A visitor vote is also held, allowing the general public to vote for their favourite artist via the website and at the exhibition. The winner of the 2014 visitor vote was Lara Morrell who received £2,000.


The Artists / Read

Each year in the Catlin Guide we introduce the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK that show significant potential. From this a small number that show potential to make a significant mark in the art world are selected to present a new body of work at the Catlin Art Prize. Find out about all those artists here.

2014 Artists selected for the Catlin Art Prize


Insuring Art / Read

Catlin's relationship with art can be traced back over two decades. Today, our Fine Art and Specie team insures some of the most important galleries, art collections and dealers in the UK and worldwide. One of the most important aspects of our work is building strong relationships with clients so that we are effectively working together as a team to protect livelihoods and sometimes priceless assets.

We really do care about art. Our underwriting and claims teams are immersed in the art world; they understand the value of each piece to its artist and owner on an emotional level as well as on a market level.

We seek to insure art because we know how devastating a loss can be, whether through theft, fire, flood or accidental damage. Our ambition is to ensure that works of art live on to be enjoyed by future generations.

One way we can help to protect and promote the art industry in the UK is to support the next generation of emerging artists. It’s possible that some of the works featured in The Catlin Guide and created for the Catlin Art Prize could be part of the collections we insure in the future.

The Catlin Specie team have prepared a guide that explains the coverage that is provided by specialist Fine Art Insurance policies, the most common causes of loss relating to Fine Art and what happens when a claim is reported. Read the guide 'Precious Things'.

Contact Charlotte Wilson, Class Underwriter at Catlin, to find out how we can help you.

Catlin’s art collection

Catlin Group Limited has a growing art collection, most of which is displayed in and around our London office. In many cases we have purchased pieces that were the subject of a claim and have slight damage, with the purpose of allowing those works to be enjoyed by our own staff and visitors to Catlin.