This experimental format organised by FPS showcased 103 artists across all art mediums including performances, sculptures and mind blowing installations. Being a part of an independent artists run show has been a valuable experience. With such a big number of artists, works and an intuitive curation by curator Sally Buchanan in a raw historical building required a lot of creative vision and cooperation which in the end turned out to be a grand spectacle in the centre of London that attracted a great number of visitors. I have had four of my works chosen for the exhibition: The Cloud, Avatarless, The Ghost and Aliens. They have been split between two floors. But it’s been and important experience to test the work in a different settings. The Aliens and The Ghost were on the dark but atmospheric space of the attic, while The Cloud and Avatarless greeted the audience in The Other Worldly room. It’s been important to feel so welcomed by the curator, the main administrative and technical team running the event, from start to the end they were open to ideas and extremely supportive. The whole atmosphere was cheerful and friendly as for the artists so for the visitors. Roy Rasmussen Award winner was Richard Farrington and new London Ultra award winners Michael Hempstead (1st) and Tim Major (2nd). It’s been great to expand the network of local artists.
FPS is an established artist-led organisation that promotes and exhibits a talented membership of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers and Photographers at renowned central London galleries twice a year. With 65 years of experience, FPS helps artists build long-term networks that develop artistic sustainability, exposure and sales, whilst also encouraging artists to create work on their own terms….and therefore be ‘free’. Established in 1952, FPS was originally associated with the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts). Founding members featured many high profile and influential artists, including Roy Rasmussen, Lyall Watson and Maurice Jadot who all feature in the permanent Tate Collection. FPS originally came to prominence by playing a significant part in the establishment of abstract art in the 1950’s and 60’s and were the first of a number of post war movements that freed artists from the orthodoxy of rigid and purely technical judgements. This ethos continues today and FPS welcomes applications from talented artists at all stages of their career. However, artists are only invited to become a formal member of FPS after exhibiting as a guest at one of FPS annual exhibitions. Fingers crossed!