The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 / Read


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

Hamish Pearch, There is a light that never goes out. 2015

Jane Hayes Greenwood, Beyond Measure, 2015

London, UK: The new edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 will present thirty exceptional new graduate artists, selected from UK art schools by curator Justin Hammond. Over the last seven years, this fully illustrated limited edition book has become established as an indispensable reference for followers of contemporary art. Identifying prevailing and future trends, this beautifully produced annual volume has become a collectable item in its own right.

Each year, Hammond tours the BA, MA and PG Dip final shows, searching out his pick of the most promising new artists. He follows up with a series of studio visits and artist interviews before finalising the shortlist of rising art stars showcased in the latest edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide.

The book has an excellent track record for forecasting the next generation of outstanding artists, providing early recognition for Charlie Billingham, Noémie Goudal, Neil Raitt and many others. Rachel Maclean, who featured in the first edition of the book, was recently selected for the Hayward Touring exhibition, British Art Show 8.

This year's edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide has been streamlined to thirty artists, fewer than in past volumes. Each of the 30 individual profiles will feature an interview with Hammond, discussing forthcoming projects and aspirations for the future.

There is still great talent emerging from UK art schools," says Hammond. "This year there were thirty artists that really stood out for me and I wanted to focus on them rather than be governed by an arbitrary number. It's a diverse group, but these artists are already making confident strides."

Highlights include Jude Crilly and Jamie Fitzpatrick from the MA Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art. Riikka Hyvönen (BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths), Jane Hayes Greenwood (MA Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School) and Rebecca Ackroyd (Royal Academy Schools) make the final thirty, while schools from outside London including Leeds and Falmouth are represented by Jack Otway and photographer
Joseph Ball.

The full list of this year's ones to watch will be revealed in January when the XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 is launched at the London Art Fair 2016, alongside an exhibition of work by selected artists.

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.

The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 | New Artists in the UK will be available on the XL Catlin Art Guide stand, in the Art Projects section of the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, 20th 24th January 2016.

Following the launch, it will be available to buy for £12.99 from Waterstones, and selected booksellers.

To request your copy of the Guide, images or any other press related enquiries please contact Anna Vinegrad or on 0781 380 8487.

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.

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 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:


The Guide / Read

The XL Catlin Art Guide is a limited edition collection of artist profiles, introducing the most promising new graduate artists in the UK. Printed annually, each edition exhibits the artists' latest work and an interview discussing forthcoming projects and future aspirations.

The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 will be launched at The London Art Fair on 20 January 2016, alongside work by many of the featured artists. The artists are selected for their work shown in the most recent series of BA, MA and PG Dip final exhibitions where they demonstrate ambition, skill and integrity. The XL Catlin Art Guide is distributed throughout the art industry and over the last seven years has developed an excellent reputation as an accurate and exciting overview of new British art. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high profile shows.

The print run remains strictly limited, and we anticipate many collectors rushing to secure a copy at launch. However, the Guide will be available to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and selected art bookshops.

Download a Catlin Guide


The Prize / Read

The XL Catlin Art Prize gives talented young artists who have recently graduated from UK art schools the opportunity to showcase their work professionally and win a significant monetary award towards their future development.

From the Guide, a small number of artists are selected as finalists for the Prize and are invited to present a new body of work at the XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held 12 months on from graduation. Finalist selection is based on the standard of their work and their potential to make a significant mark in the art world over the course of their early careers.


The Artists / Read

Each year the XL Catlin Art Guide showcases the most promising new graduate artists in the UK. A smaller group of finalists are then selected  and are invited to produce a new body of work at the XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition in May.

Find out about the 2015 Artists selected for the Catlin Art Prize:


Insuring Art / Read

XL Catlin's relationship with art can be traced back over two decades. Today, our Fine Art and Specie team insures some of the most important galleries, art collections and dealers in the UK and worldwide. One of the most important aspects of our work is building strong relationships with clients so that we are effectively working together as a team to protect livelihoods and priceless assets.

We really do care about art. Our underwriting and claims teams are immersed in the art world; they understand the value of each piece to its artist and owner on an emotional level as well as on a market level.

We seek to insure art because we know how devastating a loss can be, whether through theft, fire, flood or accidental damage. Our ambition is to ensure that works of art live on to be enjoyed by future generations.

One way we can help to protect and promote the art industry in the UK is to support the next generation of emerging artists. It's possible that some of the works featured in The XL Catlin Art Guide and created for the XL Catlin Art Prize could be part of the collections we insure in the future.

Contact Charlotte Wilson, Underwriter at XL Catlin, to find out how we can help you.

XL Catlin's art collection

XL Catlin has a growing art collection, most of which is displayed in and around our London office. In some cases we have purchased pieces that were the subject of a claim and have slight damage, with the purpose of allowing those works to be enjoyed by our own staff and visitors to XL Catlin.