The Catlin Guide 2013: New Artists in the UK to launch at London Art Fair

The Catlin Guide 2013: New Artists in the UK launches at the London Art Fair 2013, on 16th January. The Catlin Guide 2013 is an introduction to 40 of the most exciting new artists in the UK, selected from a six-month, nationwide survey by curator Justin Hammond. Now in its fourth year, The Catlin Guide is established as an essential reference for followers of contemporary art and the only publication to provide an authoritative overview of new art in the UK. Each artist profile details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for the coming year. The book will be unveiled alongside work by a selection of the featured artists, with a limited number of free copies given away to visitors to The Catlin Guide stand on each day of the fair.

The final list of 40 artists will spotlight new graduates working in a variety of media, highlighting the wealth of creativity and ideas currently emerging from our art schools. Featured artists include Steven Allan and Nicky Deeley from the Royal College of Art, painters Alex Ball (Slade School of Fine Art) and Rafal Topolewski (Manchester Metropolitan University), Lydia Brain (Fine Art: Print & Time Based Media, Wimbledon College of Art), filmmaker Josephine Sowden (University of Wales, Newport) and photographic artists Virgílio Ferreira (University of Brighton) and Juno Calypso (London College of Communication). Juno’s elaborately staged photographs such as 'Artificial Sweetener' (pictured above) examine modern rituals of seduction and beauty and have earned her the LCC Hotshoe Portfolio Award and the Michael Wilson Photographic Prize.

Many of the artists selected for previous editions of The Catlin Guide have gone on to take part in major exhibitions in the UK and internationally. Noemie Goudal (The Catlin Guide 2011) and Jonny Briggs (The Catlin Guide 2012) both recently featured in Out of Focus: Photography at the Saatchi Gallery, and Briggs emphasises the value of the book as a showcase for new artists: "It's so easy to get lost after graduation, but The Catlin Guide provided exposure and helped to facilitate exhibition opportunities at a really critical time." This summer, Julia Vogl (The Catlin Guide 2012) completed the public artwork HOME in Peckham Square before accepting an invitation to construct a site specific project in a former women's prison in Berlin. She adds: "For me, inclusion in The Catlin Guide was not just an affirmation of past accomplishments but a launch pad for future endeavours."

The Catlin Guide 2013: New Artists in the UK will be available on stand P25 at the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, until 20th January. Following the launch, it will be available to buy for £12.99 from Amazon, Culture Label and selected book sellers.

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

To request a guide, images or any other press related enquiries please contact Natasha Hoare, press@artcatlin.com 07825 706 698

Editors 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 details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for 2013. Launching as a strictly limited book at The London Art Fair between January 16th and 20th 2013, The Catlin Guide will be presented alongside work by many of the featured artists.
2.) The Catlin Art Prize. Now entering its seventh 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 in May. 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. www.artcatlin.com
3.) The curator of the Catlin Art Prize and editor of The Catlin Guide is independent curator and art writer Justin Hammond.
4.) Catlin Group Limited. Catlin is one of the leading underwriters 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 with dedicated fine art underwriters based in London, Sydney and Singapore. Catlin Group Limited is an international specialist property/casualty insurer and reinsurer. 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. www.catlin.com
5.) London Art Fair. London Art Fair (16th - 20th January 2013, 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. Tickets are now on sale. For a full list of galleries and the latest London Art Fair news please visit: www.londonartfair.co.uk

Juno Calypso, Artificial Sweetener, 2012 © Juno Calypso