Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2013 Exhibition Announced

Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) will exhibit new work by three exceptional emerging painters for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2013 from the 13 March. The Fellows are Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling. This is the second edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships, an initiative launched in 2010, designed to provide crucial time and critical support to promising emerging painters in the early stages of their professional practice. The Fellowships offer three artists a bursary of £10,000 coupled with a year-long mentoring relationship of critical and professional development support. Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling were selected from over 300 applications for the outstanding quality and potential of their work, and partnered by the 2013 mentors: Fabian Peake, Marcus Harveyand Mali Morris RA, respectively.

Through the Jerwood Visual Arts programme of exhibitions and events, as well as their wider projects, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation are committed to supporting artists early on in their careers, placing particular value on building and developing peer and mentoring relationships. This level of support is invaluable for emerging artists, particularly within the current financial landscape of the arts.

Anthony Faroux’s installations are inspired by the imagination of selective memory and how objects can appear to be the residue of past experiences. To achieve this he creates composites of film, sound and painting that piece together the fragments of an image. The small works are exhibited on large panels, collage style, together with a speaker that emits everyday noises and sounds edited to become a musical composition. The small works shown collectively allows the image to be seen in its entirety without any element disappearing into the viewer’s peripheral vision.

Susan Sluglett exhibits five large canvases themed on a royal wedding. A triptych, illustrates the aftermath of a raucous night out where a large, swollen foot sticks out of the top of a Georgian column, wrapped in black and yellow hazard tape. Her seemingly frenetic execution is underpinned by slick, tightly controlled compositions, reflecting in paint the same conflicting emotions of the subject matter.

Sophia Starling’s work explores the infinite possibilities for abstract painting in three dimensions. Through an endless process of stretching and re-stretching, she wraps long lengths of material around large wooden strains pleating sections of canvas into circles before adding paint. Once dry she begins to partially undo the canvas, revealing a richly coloured contour interrupted by darts of bare canvas that slice through the shape.

A group exhibition of new work will be on display as part of the JVA programme at Jerwood Space, London from 13 March until 28 April 2013, before touring to venues within the UK, including BayArt, Cardiff and The Gallery at NUCA, Norwich.

Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2013, Jerwood Space, 13 March until 28 April, 171 Union St, London, SE1 0LN.


1. Sophia Starling, Installation Shot 2 in studio; Fluor red (work in progress) 2013. Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013. Photography: Ben Anders. Art direction: Hyperkit
2. Anthony Faroux, Installation Shot 1 in studio, Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013. Photography: Ben Anders. Art direction: Hyperkit
3. Susan Sluglett, Installation Shot 1 in studio, Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013. Photography: Ben Anders. Art direction: Hyperkit

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