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XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 | New Artists in the UK Launches at London Art Fair 20th - 24th January 2016

The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 | New Artists in the UK is set for release at the London Art Fair, running between January 20th and 24th. This fully-illustrated, limited edition publication, the seventh in a series, has established a strong reputation for championing the most outstanding graduate and postgraduate artists from UK art schools. The book will be presented on stand P25 alongside new work by a selection of the 30 featured artists and available for free throughout the duration of the fair.

The latest edition sees a strong showing from London art schools, with Goldsmiths, Royal Academy Schools, Royal College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art particularly well represented. Painting features heavily, highlighting a range of distinct approaches, from the subtle abstracts of Struan Teague (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) through to the cartoon-like motifs of Alex Rathbone (The Glasgow School of Art).

Artists are long-listed by the book's author, Justin Hammond, on the basis of their degree shows. He follows-up with a succession of studio visits and short interviews before making his final selection. Condensed versions of the Q&As – where artists discuss their ambitions for 2016 and beyond – are included in the book. Additionally, writer and curator of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, George Vasey, contributes an essay on artists finding strength in numbers after leaving art school.

Artists exhibiting at the book launch include Jane Hayes Greenwood (City & Guilds of London Art School), Riikka Hyvönen (Goldsmiths), Jack Otway (University of Leeds) and Jacob Wolff (Royal College of Art).

Touching on the legacy of the XL Catlin Art Guide, Jane Hayes Greenwood comments: “I've been aware of the book since its first year. The selection of artists is always excellent so it's great to be among those chosen for 2016.”

Riikka Hyvönen adds: “It’s incredibly important to see curators interested in unearthing talented artists and presenting their work in inventive ways.”

The XL Catlin Art Guide is an indispensable source for collectors of contemporary art, and remains the only publication of its kind. Its corresponding exhibition, the annual XL Catlin Art Prize, celebrates its 10th anniversary in May 2016.

As one of the world’s leading insurers of fine art, XL Catlin is delighted to continue to help realise the ambitions of promising new artists.

To request a copy of the XL Catlin Art Guide, images or for any other press related enquiries please contact Anna Vinegrad or on 0781 3808 487.

Editors Notes

1. XL Catlin Art Guide. Now in its 7th edition, the XL Catlin Art Guide is an annual publication which also acts as a longlist for the XL Catlin Art Prize. The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 | New Artists in the UK will be available on the XL Catlin Art Guide stand P25 in the Art Projects section of the London Art Fair. Following the launch, it will be available to buy for £12.99 from selected booksellers.

2. XL Catlin Art Prize. Celebrating its 10th year in 2016, the XL Catlin Art Prize is an annual event showcasing the most promising art school graduates one year on from their degree exhibitions. The XL Catlin Art Prize is sponsored by XL Catlin and is unique in providing the artists with the time and opportunity to develop their practice, encouraging them to demonstrate their progress by producing a new body of work to be exhibited at Londonewcastle Project Space, London, 5th-28th May 2016. The shortlisted artists are selected from the XL Catlin Art Guide and are considered to be producing work of an outstanding quality, which demonstrates their capacity to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade.

3. The author of the XL Catlin Art Guide and curator of the XL Catlin Art Prize is the independent curator and art writer Justin Hammond.

4. XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit

5.) London Art Fair. London Art Fair 20th - 24th January 2016, Business Design Centre, Islington is the UK's largest art fair for Modern British and contemporary art, with over 100 galleries featuring the great names of the 20th-century alongside exceptional recent work, from leading figures and emerging talent. Tickets are now on sale. For a full list of galleries and the latest London Art Fair news please visit:

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