The works of the talented students have been chosen to appear at the Collyer Bristow Gallery, a bespoke space in central London. One artist will be selected by Emma Dexter, Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, to receive the new Collyer Bristow award of £2,000.
Collyer Bristow LLP, a well-established UK law firm with offices in London and Geneva, has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for nearly 20 years.
The pieces have been selected by curators Day + Gluckman, who work directly with artists with rigorous and inspiring art practices to create fresh, witty and thought-provoking exhibitions.
This year, Day + Gluckman chose work that they felt was reflective of the best of contemporary visual arts practice, and that would resonate within the unique Collyer Bristow gallery space.
The varied collection will include a dramatic cardboard installation inhabiting the reception area, and an invitation to gyrate with the EDL - the English Disco Lovers.
More familiar media is represented through painting and photographs, with subject matter presenting enigmatic, sometimes painfully personal, often hilarious, contemporary snapshots.
Middlesex University graduate Chris Alton said: "I'll be exhibiting a project I've been working on for the past two years, English Disco Lovers. The piece blends socio-political phenomenon with real life activism; it's a deployment of disco against belligerent xenophobia that's spawned a real-life political movement. Showing the project as part of the Collyer Bristow graduate exhibition is an exciting opportunity, as it takes the work back to its art-fuelled roots."
The exhibition runs from 9 October 2014 until 28 January 2015, at the Collyer Bristow Gallery,4 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1R 4TF.