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Art & Design: The Catlin guide 2011

Launched in January, and now in it’s second year, The Catlin Guide showcases the most promising art talent within the UK in a comprehensive ‘ones-to-watch’ guide for 2011.

The project aims to realise the ambitions of promising art students and has been launched as a sister publication to the acclaimed Catlin Art Prize, a platform facilitating new opportunities for Britain’s art graduates.

The original concept came to fruition through artist and curator Justin Hammond concerned by the crippling effects of rising tuition fees and funding cuts on graduating students and the future art world.

After trawling the breadth of Britain, liaising with industry experts and attending BA and MA shows, Hammond whittled down 40 out of 500 exceptional talents to be showcased in the publication.

The limited edition book, designed by YES, is beautifully bound onto thick, white paper and uses simple typography with sharp visuals denoting a blank canvas effect and best showcasing the works of the artists. Presented in its own hardcover slipcase, and launched with a limited run of 2,011 copies, the guide is a collector’s piece in itself.

The Art Catlin project has already propelled a handful of featured artists into the industry to begin practicing as established Fine Art practitioners.  Solo and group exhibitions have included shows at The Future Can Wait, British Art Now II and Primo Alonso in East London.

Beautiful and informative it is a must have reference for curators and gallerists alike, and simply anyone enthused by art.

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