2022 Made in Arts London x Metro Imaging Mentorship Awarded!

It gives us great pleasure to announce the recipient of this year’s Made in Arts London x Metro Imaging Mentorship is David Odusanya!

We’re very excited to announce the selected student for this year’s Mentorship programme and to see the journey they take after graduation. Returning for its seventh year, we once again invited all final year UAL students who use aspects of photography in their practice to apply for the mentorship opportunity.

These applications were then shortlisted and invited to a video interview with Arts Programmer and Made in Arts London Co-ordinator, Lotte Dawson, current Arts Students’ Union Campaign Officer, Syahadah Shahril, and Metro Imaging’s Creative Director, Steve Macleod. The results are now in, and the winner of the 2022 mentorship is David Odusanya!

A young Black man dressed in a white linen short sleeved shirt and matching trousers is facing away from the camera running towards a pale blue ocean, a purple lilac sky above.
‘John, The Lost Wanderer’, 2021, David Odusanya

David is in his final year at Camberwell College of Arts where he studies BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting. A multidisciplinary artist David’s “current practice has explored diverse topics from identity, culture, fragmentation, spirituality and the sublime, my aim is to bridge the gap within my identity through the coalescence of my practice…” 

In his work David explores and questions the idea that “our Identity is never truly complete; we are just fragments of our true self and what we allow people to see is dependent on societal norms, why?…nonetheless this ever-changing complexity in identity varies and we are faced with this unique encounter of the individual unknown.”  

A mixed media illustration of a fragmented face with abstract shapes in light blue, golden yellow, deep blue, brown and black tones.
‘My Face My Identity’, 2021, David Odusanya

The panel were impressed at both the level of skill in David’s commercial and personal practice and enjoyed seeing his photographic work echoed in his paintings or vice versa. “My practice involves the split between painting, photography, African and Europeanised fragmentation. Within the realms of identity, diaspora, topographies, and the sublime are elements I choose to explore” and within “these complexities the sublime becomes a phenomenon” that David investigates further.  

“My photographs may be perceived as beautiful on the surface but the concepts behind them confront the horrors of the past, whilst my paintings reveal the idea of a crack in the mask of one’s identity.”  

A young shirtless Black man sits on a boat seat with his back facing the camera. he has a black t-shirt or scarf over his neck and white shorts, he looks slightly to his left, in front of him is a calm looking light blue ocean, a faint horizon of land and a lilac sky.
‘Oceans Where Feet May Fail’, 2021, David Odusanya

When looking at David’s photography portfolio the panel agreed he had a beautifully consistent eye and praised him on the way he places his lens that draws you to the image. They also commented on the way David captures and uses light within his practice.  

A young Black man is standing in the sun, his hands, with two ringed fingers are held up touching and slightly obscuring his face. He looks directly at the camera, he is shirtless with a metallic necklace and denim bottoms on. He seems to stand in front of white marble statues. The image has been digitally illustrated and a golden halo surrounds his head with abstract zig zag shapes in the same yellow and a bright blue surround him.
‘Araga’, 2021, David Odusanya

See and read more about David’s current work on his website – https://davidsanya.co.uk/

Through the mentorship opportunity David will receive bespoke advice for a period of twelve months from Metro Imaging and their Creative Director Steve Macleod, as he navigates his way through the final year of his studies and into his creative career. David will also receive £500 credit to be used on in-house services from Metro Imaging and will have access to all their facilities to support his continued practice.

Alongside this, David will also join Made in Arts London as one of our represented Artists, with a collection of his work launched in our next annual collection later this year. David is a multitalented artist and we’re extremely excited to be able to follow and support David’s practice as he embarks on his creative career.

Keep an eye out for David’s work which will be available to purchase from our Made in Arts London website later this year.

If you are a current UAL student and want to know more about applying to Made in Arts London, visit the Arts SU website here or to see all our current calls, keep an eye on the Arts SU ‘Current Calls‘ page.

Title image © 2022, ‘Araga’, ‘John, The Lost Wanderer’, © 2022, ‘My Face My Identity’, © 2022 and ‘Oceans Where Feet May Fail’, © 2022, David Odusanya, all rights reserved.