Contemporary Art Academy Final Show - Curated by Kirsty Ogg

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EXHIBITION DATES Thursday 16 May - Sunday 30 June 2024

Contemporary Art Academy is delighted to announce its online graduate exhibition FINAL SHOW,
curated by Kirsty Ogg.

FINAL SHOW includes 16 emerging to mid-career artists who have graduated from the academy’s online development programme.

The exhibition will be presented on using the
virtual platform Kunstmatrix. It will be available to view from Thursday 16 May.
FINAL SHOW is a culmination of Contemporary Art Academy’s flagship Development programme.

Artists enter with PERSONAL PRACTICE (PG1); unlock CRITICAL CONTEXT (PG2); and graduate to PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (PG3).

Contemporary Art Academy is an online educational initiative co-founded by artist and former Elephant Academy manager Mathew Gibson (Griffin Art Prize, Elephant Lab residency programme) and artist curator Zavier Ellis (CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, SOLO CONTEMPORARY, PROJECT
PAPYROPHILIA, Young Gods, Ukraine Support Pledge).

Contemporary Art Academy is democratising art education by providing premium online courses for affordable prices.
Artwork is for sale – to enquire please email and to learn more about Contemporary Art Academy please visit
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Editor’s Notes:
Initiated in 2022 by artist curator Zavier Ellis and artist educator Mathew Gibson, Contemporary Art Academy is democratising art education by providing premium online courses for affordable prices. DEVELOPMENT (PG) courses are for artists who maintain a studio practice and want to advance their practical, critical and professional capabilities.

DISCOVERY courses are for all artists looking to explore the creative process and develop new ways of making and thinking.

INSTRUCTIONAL LIVE courses are for all artists wishing to learn or develop technical skills.

The TALKS PROGRAMME provides an opportunity for all everyone to attend a
monthly conversation and Q&A with established artworld professionals.
Zavier Ellis is an international curator, artist and originator of multiple art-based initiatives.

Zavier is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a curatorial gallery project that runs off-site exhibitions in diverse locations. He was also co-founder
and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which between 2011 and 2014 was organised in partnership with
Saatchi’s New Sensations. In response to recent global events Zavier launched the online work on paper initiative PROJECT PAPYROPHILIA during the first lockdown; and the Ukraine Support Pledge with Matthew Burrows MBE to raise funds by selling artwork for the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. As an artist Zavier’s work is placed in world class private collections and he has exhibited globally, including museum shows in Austria, Lithuania, Turkey, UK and US.

Mathew Gibson is the co-founder of Contemporary Art Academy. He is an award-winning artist, educator and project manager.
He was Professor of Painting and Foundation Studies at The Savannah College of Art and Design, USA between 2006 and 2008.
Between 2012 and 2021 Mathew worked for the biggest art materials manufacturer globally, founding and running the Griffin Art
Prize, Elephant Lab residency programme and Elephant Academy. In 2022 Mathew co-founded Contemporary Art Academy with Zavier Ellis.

Kirsty Ogg is an independent curator and educator. Between 2013 and 2023, she was the Director of New Contemporaries, the
UK’s foremost annual arts initiative offering critical support and exposure to emerging artists. Between 2009 and 2013, Kirsty was
Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London, curating exhibitions including Claire Barclay’s Bloomberg Commission, Gerard Byrne’s
mid-career survey, and a historical exhibition of Karl Blossfeldt’s photography. Earlier in her career, Kirsty was Director of The
Showroom, London; and a member of the organising committee of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.


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