Young London 2013 presents both new and recent works, with many commissions and site-specific works produced especially for this exhibition, and offers an eclectic and detailed exploration of the imperatives and artistic practices that resonate today. The third instalment in the Young London series, Young London 2013 continues V22’s plan for an annual selection of London’s most talented and exciting emerging artists. In iterating this survey each year, Young London provides an opportunity to observe a range of trends set by a new generation of artists that go on to influence and shape the future of contemporary art in London, nationally and internationally.
In this way, Young London makes a vital contribution not only to the promulgation of London’s fine art zeitgeist, but also to its assessment and critique.Young London provides a unique platform for emerging artists to show their work alongside a wide group of their contemporaries in a large-scale exhibition. Previous Young London artists have gone on to produce exciting new commissions and presentations, have been offered representation by leading contemporary galleries, and many have become part of the V22 Collection.
The V22 Collection is collectively owned by artists and investor-patrons, and is listed on the stock market as an innovative and exciting way for many people to share a growing collection of contemporary art. This structure aims to enable artists to retain a stake in the future of their artworks and have more direct input into the wider art ecology.
A multi-disciplinary show, Young London 2013 includes performance, video, film, vlogs, sculpture, installation and painting and takes place in V22’s impressive 50,000 sq ft exhibition space in Bermondsey. The exhibition also presents Young London Friday Lates, a series of weekly events taking place after-hours, providing artists with a more intimate environment in which to present further aspects of their work and for visitors and artists to exchange ideas.
This year V22 is providing a new opportunity for an artist-in-residence at neighbouring Coleman Projects in Bermondsey. An off-site Young London project, this residency provides a contained space to build a site-specific installation or project. This year Ben Sansbury will be the artist-in-residence and the show will open in conjunction with the Young London 2013 Preview on Saturday 14 September.
Young London artists were selected from nominations received through V22’s existing network, including artists from the collection, industry professionals, academics, young curators, and the Young London alumni. We would like to thank curators David Thorp and Paul Pieroni, and artist Rebecca Warren for assisting V22 in the final selection of artists.