Winner Announcement – MiAL & Metro Mentorship

Last year Made in Arts London and Metro Imaging joined forces to launch the MiAL & Metro Mentorship for University of the Arts London final year students.

The bespoke mentorship aims to offer tailored support and advice during the final crucial few months study and then the vitally important first few months as a graduate. The winner also receives £1000 credit to be used at Metro Imaging and a years representation with Made in Arts London.

After a wealth of applications, inspiring meetings with some incredibly talented emerging artists and a lot of deliberation we are now thrilled to announce that the winner of the MiAL & Metro Mentorship is Wimbledon College of Arts student, Giulia Cacciuttolo.

Giulia Cacciuttolo - Profile Pic web

Giulia’s current practice is focused on the general concepts of time and space connected with memory; more precisely on the concept of the ‘oneiric’ house as described by Bachelard.

Bachelard defines a ‘dream home’ (in which we are free to daydream) the place where our mind lives and creates. Instinctively, this ‘dream home’ takes the form of the place we are most familiar, and that makes us feel safe. Our starting model is undoubtedly the home of our childhood: this house embodies not only the home, but it is also the incarnation of our dreams. This house has the power to trigger our memories.

However, Giulia does not look at these concepts in a nostalgic way, she tries to look at memories and their relation with space, in particular the house, as facts; as facts crystallized in time, like the authentication of something obvious and objective.

This idea of something crystallized in time made Giulia start to experiment with wax, as it was a material strongly connected with the theme of memory and of freezing a certain moment; it was anciently used to preserve things from the passage of time.

Steve MacLeod, director of Metro Imaging, and who was part of the selection panel for the MiAL & Metro Mentorship is looking forward to working with Giulia and is pleased to be able to offer this support at such a crucial stage:

“The creative industries are becoming increasingly saturated and competition never higher. Yet emerging artists struggle to fund and gain support from the very industry that depends on them and their creative ideas.

In 2005 Metro Imaging instigated a mentorship programme that attempted to build a bridge between education and industry, providing funding; support and guidance for those emerging from education. The programme has gone from strength to strength and has become an established success, mentoring an average of ten people a year.

We are delighted to be collaborating with MiAL and its inaugral mentorship winner Giulia Cacciuttolo – what is very exciting is that Giulia is not directly linked to photography, which reflects the diverse nature of clients that we now work with. Also for the first time we get the opportunity to mentor someone whilst they are still in the education stream and trust that the experience will provide Giulia with the best resource possible to further her career prospects.”

– Steve MacLeod

To find out more about Giulia and take a look at her work visit the Made in Arts London website. You can also visit Giulia’s artist website. We look forward to seeing new work from Giulia, having her work in MiAL exhibitions and keeping up to date with how the mentorship is progressing. We cannot wait to see what the year has in store!

In the mean time, if you are a UAL student or recent graduate and would like to get involved with Made in Arts London our submissions are currently open for our Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. Visit our website for more information on how to apply, and to learn about the Cass Art Materials Grant awarding one student £500 in materials support.