Complementing START’s ethos of presenting up and coming artists and galleries are a series of curated projects that reflect our global agenda to further START’s reputation of combining credible and critically acclaimed exhibitions alongside the compelling gallery showcases.
StART - Martin Miller’s Gin
The inaugural StART Martin Miller’s Gin Emerging Art Prize is open to all emerging artists based in or within easy reach of London. Artworks submissions are invited and must respond to the theme ‘transformation’.
Applications for 2022 have now closed.
The winner(s) will be announced on Thursday 14 October during StART.
Five shortlisted artists will be invited to attend the prize giving.
The winners will receive:
- £5,000 cash prize for first prize winner.
- Purchase of the winning artwork by Martin Milller’s Gin for their corporate collection (including usage rights).
- The overall winning selected artwork will be reverse screen-printed on a limited edition bottle of Martin Miller’s Original Gin to be launched at an exclusive event (TBC) and at StART 2023. 5,000 bottles will be produced and sold exclusively through Martin Miller’s Gin worldwide distribution network.
- Two runner-up prizes of £1,000 cash will also be awarded.
Beaven’s childhood in the foothills of the Himalayas has had a major influence on him and his outlook on life. This early immersion in the mountains has fostered a love for the majestic beauty that nature has to offer. As a practitioner of meditation, he knows the importance of inner well-being and strives to constantly achieve a state of peace, which permeates into his paintings.
Through studying at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts (PFSTA), Beaven has been greatly inspired by Chinese Landscape Painting. Beaven displays an understanding of the subtlety that is used through Chinese landscape painting techniques. There is emphasis on not just imitating nature, but expressing the significance of such a tranquil beauty and meaning. Beaven responds by reflecting his own feelings of calmness and serenity through his work.
Using the latest Samsung technology, and through the glowing art of Illuminati Neon, this exhibition takes you back to 1977 and the Kings Road punk scene. History reimagined through the artists’ eyes.
London based artist Mark Sloper (A.K.A Mark Illuminati) draws on his real punk roots and lifelong passion for rock music for his dynamic neon art works. When British punk rock bands took over London’s cultural scene in the 1970s, Sloper became drawn to the punk subculture, eventually becoming close friends with some of the movement's pioneers and troubadours.
Illuminati’s work evokes the raw power of a misspent youth living on tour buses with the likes of The Sex Pistols and The Damned.
His art is a joyful celebration of the legacy of anarchy in the UK with a glamorous contemporary flair.
Using vintage and historic flags, clothing and distressed materials, each neon art piece is hand blown to the highest standard and created in Illuminati's west London studio. His works are also available in print form with each piece individually painted and customised with hand applied gems and crystals before being framed by the artist in hand sourced and customised ornate frames.
Illuminati is collected by musicians, actors and Hollywood stars across the globe who are often seen photographed with their works: from Danny Dyer to Trey Parker, Boy George, Elton John and of course multiple punk icons themselves including members of The Sex Pistols.
StART x Design House Children’s competition
Together with Design House founder Young Hye LEE StART art fair Seoul launched a children’s art competition. Eight finalists anonymously selected by the committee will be on display at StART London and the winner announced during the fair.
Focus on StART Art Fair Seoul
The inaugural StART Art Fair Seoul was held at the Galleria Foret, Seouliteum 1-6 September coinciding with Seoul Art Week and Frieze Seoul. Following the fair’s critical and commercial success a curated selection of Korean artists will join StART London, many international artists who participated in StART Seoul will also exhibit at StART London.
For the second year, StART meets Italy with Spotlight Italia, a Project devoted to the work of Italian contemporary artists.
This year we will present an exhibition of 13 Italian contemporary artists curated by Marco Giordano. This showcase illustrates the breadth of Italy’s contemporary art scene today and is realised with and supported by the Italian Embassy in London, thanks to the patronage of the outgoing Ambassador, H.E. Raffaele Trombetta, and of his successor, H.E. Inigo Lambertini.
Spotlight Italia is part of the eighteenth edition of the Giornata del Contemporaneo, a global initiative aiming to provide a renewed vigour of contemporary art in Italy.
The contemporary Oweekeno artist and painter Steve Smith - Dla’kwagila is widely regarded for his unusual abstraction of the structures of traditional design and for his exceptional use of colour theory as a way to elevate and electrify his work. He began working in his full contemporary conceptual style in 2013, after experiencing and surviving a quadruple heart bypass at the age of 44. He has since been acclaimed and collected by individuals and institutions around the world.
Smith - Dla’kwagila is represented by The Steinbrueck Gallery is committed to respectfully sharing artwork made exclusively by members of the indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest.
Since its inception, it has become the leading venue for both traditional and contemporary artists of the Northwest Coast, Alaska, and the Arctic. The gallery is dedicated to enhancing and cultivating the appreciation and awareness of the cultural art and traditions of the region.