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Fine Arts graduate earns place in Catlin Guide

A Fine Art graduate from Nottingham Trent University has been tipped as one of the country’s most promising young talents in a respected art guide.

A Fine Art graduate from Nottingham Trent University has been tipped as one of the country's most promising young talents in a respected art guide.

Emily Mowatt, 22, is one of 40 artists selected to appear in the Fifth Edition of the Catlin Guide: New Artists in the UK. The guide is distributed throughout the art industry. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high-profile shows.

Emily, who lives in Nottingham, was chosen following an extensive tour of UK art schools by the guide's editor.

She said: "I was overjoyed and excited. The recommendation had come from curator and artist Joe Fletcher Orr who had, alongside Robert Carter, selected my work for a graduate exhibition in Manchester earlier in the year. I was elated that this had come out of such a fantastic show and that people like Joe are always keen for your work to be noticed."

The work selected to appear alongside Emily's profile in the guide is a piece called Bellini (After Cipriani). It is a homage to Cipriani, the inventor of the Bellini cocktail who named it after the Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini due to its colour reminding him of a particular robe in one of Bellini's paintings.

Emily's piece discusses the art world's role in the progression of product and branding. She now hopes its inclusion in the Catlin Guide will help to boost her career following her graduation last year.

"It's harder than you expect to continue a consistent practice after entering 'the real world' which is why it's so significant for me to have my work appreciated in big and small ways at this point," said Emily. "At the most I hope it will give people the opportunity to see my work that otherwise may never have found access to it."

Emily has been working from a studio at the Bohunk Institute – an independent project space set in the heart of Nottingham's vibrant Creative Quarter. And she said her time at Nottingham Trent University helped her to prepare for life after graduation.

"The community of artists that exists at Nottingham Trent University is amazing," she said. "On the course, tutors, lecturers, technicians, visiting and local artists have a constant dialogue which resonates something similar to the art world outside of a degree. Nottingham Trent University is great at preparing artists for after graduating, most importantly how to manage a practice and network with others."

Craig Fisher, Emily's final year tutor at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We are delighted that the quality of Emily's work has been recognised by her selection for the Catlin Guide. She exemplifies what we hope to produce in graduates who leave our course. Her work while at the University was ambitious, intelligent and beautifully considered and emerged from a sustained exploratory inquiry. This is an excellent opportunity for Emily to continue the development of what we hope to be a very successful career as an artist."

Justin Hammond, selector and editor of The Catlin Guide, said: "I'd heard good things about the Nottingham final show and Joe Fletcher Orr had recommended Emily's work. I select artists with the potential to shape the dynamic of contemporary art, whether that be through their own practice or by collaborating with others. I'm especially keen to support artist-led initiatives and I hope this platform helps to galvanise Emily's plans for a studio collective and exhibition programme at Bohunk Institute."

The Catlin Guide: New Artists in the UK was launched on 15 January at the London Art Fair and is available via Amazon, Culture Label and selected book sellers.


Fine Arts graduate earns place in Catlin Guide

Published on 21 January 2014
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