Future 50 - Top Online Axis Artists In Leeds Exhibition

By Ed Sexton | 17 November 2008
Abstract picture of a woman covered with stars and black discs on white tiles.

Papa Lazarou by Hayley Lock, 2008. © Hayley Lock

Exhibition notice - Future50 at Project Space Leeds from November 21 until November 23 2008.

The top fifty UK contemporary artists featured on the Axis Artists websites will be taking part in the Future50 exhibition at Project Space Leeds between November 21 and 23 2008.

The unique exhibition will offer art collectors in the North the chance to buy affordable artworks including painting, installation and film and take them away on the same day.

Curators Ceri Hand and Liz Aston have hand-picked a selection of the best pieces from some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and prices start at £150.

Ceri Hand, curator of Future50, said: “It’s important to develop more opportunities for collectors north of London to see and buy new work."

“The scope of works to choose from will offer budding and more experienced collectors a fantastic introduction to some of the most interesting artists working today.”

Future50 has been organised by contemporary art organisation Axis, a well-respected online community for artists, professionals and enthusiasts.

The exhibition will include works from Sarah Staton, showcasing at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Rachel Goodyear, showing at Tate Liverpool, and Lia Anna Hennig, shortlisted for this year's Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition.

Painting of an imaginary theatre billboard sign including Les Dawson and Victoria Wood.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Mel Broomfield, 2008. © Mel Broomfield

Contemporary art specialists will be on hand to guide enthusiasts and buyers through the exhibition and offer expert advice and information.

Timandra Gustafson, Executive Director of Axis, said: “The exhibition provides the opportunity for art enthusiasts and first time buyers alike to view the future of British art and buy work at accessible prices from artists who undoubtedly are the UK’s future frontrunners.”

City leaders hope that Future50 will raise the profile of the contemporary art scene and show that Leeds is at the cutting edge of culture in the North.

Deborah Greene, Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds said: “Culture is a huge part of Leeds’ identity as it is steeped in heritage and is renowned as one of the most exciting cities in the country."

“The launch of Future50 by Axis is a great addition to the arts scene and will bring some of the most dynamic up and coming artists right here to Leeds, further cementing its position as one of the leading cultural hubs of the North.”

All work is already on display and available at www.axisweb.org/future50. The exhibition at Project Space Leeds on Whitehall Waterfront will be open between 12-6pm.

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