The creative hub of East London, the Old Truman Brewery arts and media quarter on Brick Lane, plays host once again to Europe’s largest graduate art, design and fashion show, Free Range. The exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s army of young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the look-out to spot rising new talents.
Over seven weeks, 3,000 students who between them represent a hundred different courses, exhibit their work across five disciplines: Design; Fashion; Photography; Art; Interiors and Architecture. Those involved may be new graduates, but the sheer scale of the event – projected to attract more than 100,000 visitors over the year – plus its prestigious capital city location, puts it in the league of major international art fairs.
Now in its 14th year, Free Range’s organisers believe it will be the biggest and the best to date. Under the guidance of creative director and founder Tamsin O’Hanlon, the event has become a crucial part of London’s cultural calendar as well as identifying and supporting tomorrow’s best creative talent. The show attracts a wealth of participating UK universities and art colleges, providing emerging artists with a prominent platform for their work. There will be more than 60 exhibitions taking place across the venue’s diverse spaces – which vary from street-level galleries to converted warehouses.
The Old Truman Brewery has a history of supporting artists and designers, providing up-and-coming talent with the chance to perform at an international level. These special projects, which include Free Range and Fashion East, have become major creative events in their own right. The exhibitions are free and open to the public (but the catwalk fashion shows are invitation only). The project will also continue to run its on-going portfolio website as a platform for displaying the work of participating and former exhibitors.
Free Range, until 14 July. Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR.
1. Courtesy of Free Range. © Juhi Teli
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