London Met Alumna wins Collect Open Artist award

Collect Open: 27 February 2018

Date: 1 March 2018

Juliette Bigley, who studied MA by Project at The Cass, was awarded the Collect Open Artist prize at the Craft Council's International Fair for Contemporary Objects, last week.

Her debut installation, TABLE, was selected for the prestigious award by writer and curator Ekow Eshun, curator and journalist Corinne Julius and Crafts Council Creative Director Annie Warburton.

Juliette was exhibiting as part of Collect Open, on the top floor of the Saatchi Gallery in London's Kings Road. Collect Open is a space for artists to create more exploratory and risk-taking work. Selected on the basis of a proposal, this year by designer Jay Osgerby, each installation is developed specifically for Collect and selected on the basis of scale, concept and ambition.

TABLE presents a stylised interpretation of a table after a meal has been completed: the pieces are placed on the table mimicking functional tableware at the end of meal, where the activity of eating is done but the meal is not yet over and the rituals of conversation (or communion) are still at play. It is as if the flow of time is paused and snapshot is taken.

The project was part funded by a generous grant from Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts Programme. You can read more about the project on Juliette’s website.

Image: Table, Mixed Metals and Richlite by Juliette Bigley