fig-2 publication to launch and fig-futures UK-wide programme announced for 2018-2019

fig-2 is pleased to announce a publication to celebrate fig-2’s 50 projects in 50 weeks that took place in 2015 in London enabled following an Art Happens crowdfunding campaign. Launched on 22 January, the title includes specially commissioned essays and interviews with prominent art world figures including Louisa Buck, Caroline Douglas, Gilda Williams, Catherine Wood and Hans Ulrich Obrist, with an introduction by Mark Francis.

fig-2 also announces a brand new iteration  for this year, launching in partner venues across the UK as fig-futures – building both a new collecting model for the country as well as artist and curatorial development opportunities for galleries and practitioners outside the capital.

Photo credit : fig-2 at ICA Studio 2015, composite image.


The new project will run over 2018 and 2019 in different venues around the UK, hosting 16 shows by fig-2 alumni artists across the course of a year. It will be the first time that the project will take place beyond London and in multiple venues. fig-futures will mirror what fig-2 attempted in 2015 – to capture the aesthetic and critical currency of our times –  but this time in 4 new venues, cities and regions.

The participating galleries and project dates are:

Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool 1 –  26 May 2018 with Allison Katz * Ruth Beale * Rebecca Birch *Amy Stephens

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in September 2018, with collecting partner Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery with Oreet Ashery * Broomberg & Chanarin * Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio * Eva Rothschild & Joe Moran

The Gallery, De Montford University, Leicester in November 2018 with Anna Barham * Kathryn Elkin * Ben Judd  * Annika Ström

Plymouth Arts Centre in  March 2019, with collecting partner The Box, Plymouth with Laura Eldret * Eva Grubinger * Charlotte Moth * Suzanne Treister.

Works by each exhibiting artist will then be gifted into partner collections.

fig-2 publication:

Conceived as a curatorial insight into fig-2’s 50 projects in 50 weeks, the fig-2 publication investigates themes driving artistic practice today and an insight into the creative process. Edited and written by the fig-2 curatorial team, and produced with Black Dog Publishing, the publication includes contributions from exhibiting artists and leading figures in the contemporary art world.

Capturing an exhilarating year of cultural production and the furious pace of the fig-2 programme creating 50 projects hosted at ICA Studio in 2015, in association with Outset Contemporary and Art Fund – the publication includes curatorial texts, excerpts from artists interviews, preparatory drawings, images of commissioned artworks from the exhibition programme, talks, events as well as offsite projects at Bicester Village.

Following 50 consecutive pairs of full bleed installation images, exhibition texts are then punctuated by commissioned essays. It includes a foreword by fig-1 curator and co-director of fig-2 Mark Francis and introduction by fig-2 curator Fatos Ustek. Art critic Louisa Buck recalls first edition fig-1 in 2000, painting a picture of the second edition of the project and the changes in the contemporary art world in the intervening fifteen years; Director of the Contemporary Art Society Caroline Douglas explores shifting models of philanthropy and patronage in the arts; Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans-Ulrich Obrist discusses curatorial approaches and the role of the institution with Fatos Ustek; Writer and lecturer Gilda Williams uses the fig-2 programme as a vehicle to explore language and differing approaches; Tate Modern Curator of performance Catherine Wood dissects the role and impact of performance 
and performativity on today’s art.

The fig-2 publication was made possible with support from the 139 funders through the Art Happens crowdfunding platform by Art Fund, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Bicester Village and fig-2 publication patrons.

Robert Dingle, Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund says: “Art Fund is proud to support fig-futures and its ambitious programme. It’s a wonderful concept – sixteen exhibitions for one week only at four venues across the country – a real art marathon, and we challenge everyone to see as many shows as possible. The great legacy of this is that each museum gets to choose an artist’s work from the exhibition to join their permanent collection to be enjoyed for years to come. We also want to thank everyone who donated to the fig-2 publication through our Art Happens crowdfunding platform.”

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