Our Selection Panel for 2021!

We’re thrilled to reveal our panellists for 2021, who have curated this year’s collection…

After pausing last year we are very excited to be back with a new collection, as usual our applications were open to all current University of the Arts London students, however a little different to previous years, this panel went online, spending the day looking at over 100 applications. Each collection is chosen by a panel of industry experts. The panel look through all submissions and provide feedback to everyone, which means that even if their application isn’t selected they still receive constructive comments.

Made in Arts London is proud to represent a fantastically diverse range of work including fine art, illustration, photography, fashion, homeware, video, performance, sculpture, installation and more! With each new collection we welcome around 40 new artists to join our creative cohort, with work launched online and displayed later this year, in our Annual Exhibition.

We are delighted to announce the final of this year’s panelists, Curator at the Design Museum, Eleanor Watson!

Eleanor is a Curator at the Design Museum, London. She is currently developing an exhibition titled ‘Material Tales’ which aims to foster greater material literacy in an era of rapid climate change. She has worked as part of the Design Museum curatorial team since 2016 and previous projects include ‘Moving to Mars’ (2019), ‘Beazley Designs of the Year’ (2017 and 2018), ‘Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories’ (2018) and ‘Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution’ (2017). She was the Guest Curator for the 2019 edition of Global Grad Show and has participated as a speaker and curated at a number of design festivals around the world. Outside of the museum she is an avid, if largely unsuccessful, gardener.

We asked Eleanor is she had any advice for graduating students who are and entering a career in the arts?

The most important thing is to not let yourself to be demotivated by what is almost always a difficult start. Be confident and proactive in setting up your own projects, reach out to people who inspire you and don’t be shy to ask for advice. Museums, galleries, festival and online platforms are always looking for new content, so start with projects that feel interesting and worthwhile to you and see where they take you.

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Our applications are now closed but will reopen later this year for 2022, keep an eye out on the Student Union‘s social media for updates.