Free Range Awards x Metro


This February Free Range Awards return to The Truman Brewery with winning art and photography graduates presenting new work in a selection of diverse solo exhibitions. Three winners were hand-picked from the annual Free Range graduate shows, which showcase a new generation of cutting-edge talent from across the UK, to create new work that will go on display in their own solo exhibitions.

Continuing our dynamic relationship with the emerging-talent platform, we are excited to work with the individual artists and produce work for these engaging exhibitions.


Cole Flynn Quirke – A Bird Flies Backwards: A photographer from Brighton whose photographic process is primarily autobiographical. Cole experiments with moving image, sound and collage in his work, and prints all photographs by hand. Cole’s work was recently featured in the show Many & Beautiful Things at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance. For his new exhibition, A Bird Flies Backwards, Cole has chosen to explore and document his own views on existence – looking at life, death and understanding change following his grandmother’s death.

Polly Evans – No Man Is an Island: The London-based artist creates installations that use video, sound and spoken word to engage viewers with political and social problems in modern day Britain. No Man Is an Island is Polly’s first solo exhibition. It looks at the current economic and social landscape of our country and the detrimental impact the future may have on younger generations. Like the poem, No Man Is an Island by John Donne, it explores ideas of division and separation and asks the question; What is the future for a nation so divided?

Jasper Pedyo – Lost in the Sauce: The Zimbabwe-born fine artist was chosen by judges for his three large, painted constructions entitled Kisses, Hugs and Jo’Burg. Following his success at Free Range 2018, Jasper opened his first solo show The Expanded Field at 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, which was featured as the Financial Times’ Critics’ Choice. For his new exhibition, Lost in the Sauce, Jasper aims to blur the line between sculpture and painting – altering the shape of the canvas frame and presenting bold and contrasting colours that are free from brushstrokes and recognisable imagery


The FR Awards were launched in 2016 to continue the support of emerging artists and celebrate talent. The FR Awards provide winners with funding towards their own solo exhibitions at the Truman Brewery in February, alongside mentorship and press coverage in the lead up to their shows. Each year, three artists are selected from the two Photography and Fine Art weeks at the Free Range graduate shows by panels of industry experts and professionals within the arts, including curators, artists, journalists and gallerists.


7th – 14th February 2019.  4, 8 and 11 Dray Walk, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QR. PV Thurs 7 Feb RSVP (free entry)
IMAGES © A Bird Flies Backwards by Cole Flynn Quirke, No Man Is an Island by Polly Evans, and Lost In The Sauce by Jasper Pedyo