ﬁg-futures is a new collecting scheme that is initiated under the framework of ﬁg-legacy. Supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset with six partnering institutions and public collections in the UK, ﬁg-futures will present 16 ﬁg-2 alumni artists outside London. Activating the same curatorial framework as ﬁg-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, each venue will organise 4 exhibitions in 4 consecutive weeks embedded in their programme.
Building on each artist’s ongoing practice and presenting exhibitions in a new and different environment, ﬁg-futures aims to reach out to new audiences. Alongside the exhibitions, integrated public events and curatorial exchange across the partnering venues will offer opportunities for activation at each venue with the application of the time-sensitive structure. Artworks by each exhibiting artist will be available for gifted acquisition into respective partner venue collections.
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool,
The Gallery De Montfort University, Leicester,
Oreet Ashery; Anna Barham; Ruth Beale; Rebecca Birch; Broomberg & Chanarin; Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio; Laura Eldret; Kathryn Elkin; Eva Grubinger; Ben Judd; Allison Katz; Charlotte Moth; Eva Rothschild & Joe Moran; Amy Stephens; Annika Ström; Suzanne Treister.
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ﬁg-futures is generously supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset.
ﬁg-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks at the ICA Studio, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, ran from 5 January – 20 December 2015 and is now closed.
The information below is archival only.
ﬁg-2 is a revival of ﬁg-1, which presented 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks. ﬁg-1 was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000.
Fifteen years later, ﬁg-2, brings together a programme that is driven by the radical imagination of artists, writers, dancers, architects, and designers. ﬁg-2 is curated by Fatoş Üstek. Jessica Temple and Yves Blais acted as assistant curators, and Irene Altaió as project assistant.
As part of the collaboration between ﬁg-2 and Art Fund, ﬁg-2 will be hosting 8 public seminars conceptualised by Fatoş Üstek.
This eight part seminar series will explored the curatorial pursuit and eloquence of expression in curating today. The exhibition is not a singular presentation of works or a consistent message, but instead is composed of several constellations; each revealing how one object put next to another could provoke different readings of both. Inspired by the structure of ﬁg-2, changing the rules of display of ideas weekly, if not daily, each seminar will concentrate on a theme in particular with an assigned reading announced on the website prior.
Outset Contemporary Art Fund created the circumstances under which the revival ﬁg-1 became possible. Outset aims to introduce ﬁg-legacy, wherever appropriate, placing the works created for ﬁg-2 in public institutions across the UK.
Bicester Village supports ﬁg-2 as a corporate supporter. Alongside their ﬁnancial support, Bicester Village hosts four projects by selected ﬁg-2 artists throughout 2015, that Jack Tan curates in collaboration with the ﬁg-2 curatorial team.
Art Fund supports the curator position at ﬁg-2. Alongside their ﬁnancial support, Art Fund organises eight public and four private Curatorial Seminars at ﬁg-2.
ICA supports ﬁg-2 by hosting the project at The Studio. Where appropriate, ﬁg-2 will make use of additional venues within the premises.
Should you wish to play a part in supporting ﬁg-2, please contact info@ﬁg2.co.uk.
Architecture and scenography by Universal Design Studio, a leading London-based practice whose recent projects include Frieze London 2014 and Ace Hotel London.
Happily Ever Paper, supporter of printed materials for ﬁg-2, designs unique stationery items for individuals and corporate clients with a focus on one of a kind notebooks.
ﬁg-2 projects are photographed by Sylvain Deleu.
ﬁg-2 is technically supported by Jonathan Stonton at Pebble Exhibitions.
ﬁg-2 graphic identity and website by Brighten the Corners.
Drinks generously provided by Sipsmith Independent Spirits.
Shelving units are generously provided by Rackline.
Vinyl flooring is supported by Forbo Flooring Systems.
Run from an independent space, ﬁg-1 situated itself between museum, gallery and artist’s studio, maintaining freedom from institutional and commercial obligations. Bold and experimental by nature, the year was programmed only a few weeks ahead, so as to remain flexible and responsive.
ﬁg-1 was book-ended by a year-long project by the father of British Pop Art, Richard Hamilton, who presented work in weeks 1 and 50. Other artists, writers, ﬁlm-makers, designers and performers who took part in ﬁg-1 include: Gavin Turk (2/50); Tim Stoner(3/50); Philip Treacy (4/50); Caruso St. John (5/50); John Hillard (6/50); Liam Gillick (7/50); Georgie Hopton + Josephine Soughan (8/50); Jake + Dinos Chapman (9/50); Mark Hosking (10/50); Grayson Perry (11/50); Simon Patterson (12/50); Runa Islam (13/50); Anish Kapoor (14/50); Bella Freud (15/50); Tacita Dean (16/50); Antony Gormley (17/50); Carey Young (18/50); Marine Hugonnier (19/50); Will Self (20/50); Fiona Rae (21/50); Tracey Emin (22/50); Christopher Le Brun (23/50); Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno + Rirkrit Tiravanija (24/50); Nigel Shafran (25/50); Anya Gallaccio (26/50); James White + Tim Sheward (27/50); Mark Lewis (28/50); Richard Deacon + Martin Kreyssig (29/50); Wolfgang Tillmans (30/50); João Penalva (31/50); Matthew Higgins, Oliver Payne + Nick Relph (32/50); John Latham 33/50); Gilbert + George (34/50); Enrico David (35/50); Mona Hatoum (36/50); Andrew Lewis (37/50); Cerith Wyn Evans (38/50); Howard Hodgkin (39/50); Tom Gidley (40/50); Sam Taylor-Wood (41/50); Harland Miller (42/50); Peter Doig (43/50); Hussein Chalayan (44/50); Patti Smith (45/50); Darren Almond (46/50); Michael Craig-Martin (47/50); Jeremy Deller (48/50); and Bridget Riley (49/50)