The Ones to Watch at Free Range 2018


Ahead of this year’s Free Range season, we uncover some of the most exciting emerging talent that will be showcasing their work during the exhibition.


Returning to the Old Truman Brewery this month for a five-week summer exhibition, Free Range 2018 will be showcasing the work of over 3000 undergraduate students from across the UK. Taking place over three floors of the Brewery, this new generation of emerging creative talent will have a platform to showcase their work; artists include those working with fine art, interior design, architecture and photography.

Already one of the largest undergraduate shows open to the public, this Free Range is bigger than ever – and 2018 marks the exhibition’s 18th anniversary. The annual exhibition attracts students from over 50 of the UK’s top academic and creative institutions, providing a platform for artists that they otherwise wouldn’t have – and also showcasing a diverse range of talent.

Starting on the 14th of June, Free Range 2018 runs until the 16th of July; ahead of this year’s exhibition, we looked through the extraordinary range of young artists to find the most exciting new talent. Without further ado, here are our pick of the Ones to Watch at Free Range 2018:

Holly Farndale

Norwich University of the Arts
Exhibition: Beyond the Frame

Focusing mainly on photography, Holly Farndale aims to document curiosities and observations of the world around her, with her art often looking at the light and darkness of life. She also has an interest in illustration, and will be bringing her upcoming works to Norwich University of the Art’s exhibition, Beyond the Frame, at the Old Truman Brewery this month.


Chloe Goldsmith

Leeds Art University
Exhibition: SYZYGY

Showing individual students’ work both in conjunction and in opposition with each other, SYZYGY is Leeds Arts University’s exhibition, showcasing the work of their 2018 graduating class. One of the students, Chloe Goldsmith, has created a range of sculptures that explores “how as humans, we subconsciously connect and form relationships to personal possessions and objects”.


Leah Sims

Norwich University of the Arts
Exhibition: Visual Interference

Norwich University of the Art’s second exhibition, Visual Interference, showcases the work of the University’s fine art students. One of the students, Leah Sims, is a figurative painter based in the UK. Exploring the subtleties of domestic life, Leah has used her most recent work to play with the notion of observation and spectatorship.


Jake Kehar Gill

University of Westminster
Exhibition: Photography Degree Show 2018

Concerned with the restrictions of the human form, and communication through basic body language, Jake Kehar Gill’s work explores the borders of Fine Art and Fashion photography – which is often presented in a commercial structure. His work will feature in the University of Westminster’s exhibition, Photography Degree Show 2018.

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