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UCL Slade students shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery/Channel 4 prize

29 June 2007

Three graduating students from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art have been shortlisted for the '4 New Sensations' art prize, organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4.

Ian Larson (MFA UCL Slade 2007), Gemma Nelson (BA UCL Slade 2007) and Victoria McGeoch (BA UCL Slade 2007) will have the opportunity to exhibit at the prestigious Frieze Art Fair in London, along with seventeen other shortlisted students. Four winners, to be chosen on 3 July 2007, will be invited to create a work of art in response to the theme 'the world in 25 years'.  Each winner's work will then feature in a '3 Minute Wonder' film on Channel 4 in October 2007. 

The judging panel will include prominent figures in the contemporary art world: critic, broadcaster and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube gallery Tim Marlow; sculptor Antony Gormley (UCL Slade 1979); Anita Zabludowicz, co-founder of the Zabludowicz Collection; gallery-director Sadie Coles; and Kevin Lygo, Channel 4's Director of Television and Content.

Gemma Nelson, who heard about the competition through word of mouth, said she was "over the moon" to have been shortlisted.  As a result of the competition Gemma has already been contacted by gallerists interested in exhibiting her paintings.  Ian Larson agreed that being shortlisted for the prize would be beneficial for his future career: "Just to be in the Show [Frieze Art Fair] is a great stepping-stone for getting more exposure."

The '4 New Sensations' competition has been facilitated by the Saatchi Gallery's online gallery, 'STUART' (as in 'Student Art'), which was launched in November 2006.  This virtual exhibition space allows art students to show and sell their work without being charged commission. 

To find out more about the UCL Slade School of Fine Art or '4 New Sensations', follow the links at the top of this article.

By Jenny Goepel (UCL Slade School of Fine Art)