MiAL Selection Panel 2019!

It’s that time of year again and the clock is ticking for those of you who wish to apply to become a Made in Arts London artist!

The deadline has been extended until midnight on Sunday 9th June and is open to all current University of the Arts London students. Made in Arts London represents students for two years, offering professional development and opportunities to sell and exhibit their work online as well as at various exhibitions and markets. Each new collection of artists is selected by an invited external panel of industry professionals with both selected and non-selected students receiving feedback.

We are very excited to introduce the first of this years confirmed panelists, Artist, Karen David.

Karen David is a London-based artist, curator and lecturer, who is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at University of Worcester with a practice which focuses on mythmaking, fictional narrative, communes and para-anthropology.

Karen David

Karen was not only one of the first Made in Arts London Artists for it’s launch in 2012 but also a selected 2012 Xhibit artist.

David graduated from MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts in 2012. In 2014 she undertook a research trip to Marfa, Texas and Roswell, New Mexico. In 2015 she was Artist in Residence at Islington Mill, Manchester, and in 2016 she won the Artist in Residence award with a studio embedded in the BA Painting course at Wimbledon College of Arts. Between 2016-18 she curated nine exhibitions with publications at Perimeter Space at Griffin Gallery encouraging intermedia, cross-disciplinary and experimental practices exhibiting 80+ artists. David runs Cork Lined Rooms; an artist interview and studio project based on the Proust Questionnaire.

Solo exhibitions include: Crystal Visions, CIMCOT, Pure Reason Tint of Violet, VITRINE, Santa Fe, Art Lacuna, and Searching for the Viable Essence, Jacob’s Island Gallery, London.

Group shows include: Liquid Crystal Display, Site Gallery, Sheffield and touring to MIMA, Middlesbrough, The Waiting Room, Wimbledon Space, London, JGM Summer Show, JGM Gallery, London, Godley VC House, Griffin Gallery, London, In The Future, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, Without Shores, ASC Gallery, London Art Fair with White Conduit Projects, Anti-Social Realism, Charlie Smith Gallery, A Union of Voices, Horatio Jr, Tomb, Shrine, Survey – Marker, Enclave Projects, Expanded Painting: Mock-a-Modern, Oval Gallery and WunderKammer, The Nunnery, London.

You can follow Karen on Instagram: @karensdavid

This can be a busy time of year for graduating UAL students so we asked Karen to give us some advise for those who are entering a career in the arts…

“Congratulate yourselves for getting this far. Have a rest, a cup of tea or a beer, then get back in the studio. A large space or a small corner in your bedroom. The studio is your place for thinking, testing, and perhaps most importantly, making mistakes. Keep your studio space and time sacred. Wear Sunscreen. Find something that interests you and research it thoroughly. Research, Research, Research. This could be Rembrandt or it could be Garfield (or anything in between). Sing. Surround yourself with other artists. Embrace the quiet times and busy times in your practice. Floss. There will be ups and downs – this is quite normal. Prepare for the long race, not the short sprint. Stretch. And repeat.”

Made in Arts London’s 2019 Collection will be launched in September this year.

To apply to join Made in Arts London and to have your work judged by Karen and the rest of this years panel apply online.

Guides on how to complete the application form can be found in our previous blog post here.