Showcasing the best emerging creatives from UAL, Xhibit is our annual exhibition open to all current students, you can be at any level and studying any discipline to apply. There are no themes or constraints.
The exhibition reflects the diverse range of creativity at UAL and offers those involved a unique chance for collaboration, exhibition and development - championing their work to a wider audience.
Selected Xhibit artists receive personalised feedback from the selection panel, personalised exhibition-making experience, curatorial guidance, installation knowledge, exhibition exposure, professional development, a place in our yearly Xhibit catalogue and critical feedback on your work as well as securing a place in the longest running open call exhibition opportunity for students at UAL.
We are pleased to announce that applications for Xhibit 2022 are now open - visit our call out page for details on how to apply and our Terms and Conditions.
We are working to firm up our supporting venue and hope to have details of this within the month. We are committed to ensuring that this happens as a physical exhibition but are also keen to progress the work we developed to bring Xhibit online.
Dates: Your work would need to be available to view in March, 2022 for a minimum of three weeks.
Application deadline: December 13th, 2021
Xhibit 2020 in 2021
We unfortunately postponed then cancelled the physical exhibition for Xhibit 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This came as a disappointing decision after an incredible amount of work and a difficult experience for the creative sector. We did however work towards a positive solution and as such commissioned student staff, who designed and built a digital platform to host the artworks online. The resulting exhibition is available to view here.
2020 selected artists:
Lucy Alves | Patricia Beja | Neelam Bhullar | Livia Carpineto | Hellie Cartledge | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Collective | Benjamin Cruz | Amir Dehghan | Tea Di Giacomo, Emanuela Passadore & Rachel Wang | Henry Glover | Tsan Huang | Su Jung Jang | Hei Di Li | Helun Liang | Colin Lievens & Thomas Oliver | Chirawilai Luatngoen | Alicia McGuire | Aikaterini Mimikou | Paraskevi Pataoulioti | Eleanor Pearce | Emma Phillips | Iolo Puleston | Juliette Stuart | Yasmeen Thantrey | Gail Theis | Dominik Wiecek | Yula Wojcik | Lu Xu
This online format of the exhibition was customed designed and built platform by UAL student and Arts SU student Arts Programmer Bea Taylor Searle, and Curated by Becky Hancock and Marjian Tsatsaros Tyagi.
Xhibit 2020 in 2021 came with an exciting line up of online events providing an opportunity for end of year networking and inspiration.
Click on the below panels to view our recordings:
Alongside the Xhibit exhibition each artist is showcased within a yearly publication - read through the latest issue and learn more about each creative.
Xhibit was originally founded in 1997 by Chelsea College graduates Kit Hammonds and Angela Robinson. As this exhibition open call was created by students for students it has stayed within Arts SU as a crucial legacy project. For many students Xhibit functions to provide their first exhibition experience outside of their college environment.
"I was the Vice-President elected for Chelsea College of Art. As I was responsible for the Events, I was keen to do more than just bar and ball kind of activities. Xhibit was started partly in response to the fact there wasn’t much cross-college, or even cross-site, contacts and it seemed sensible to start with the common ground between art and design students, the opportunity to show the work alongside one another irrespective of disciplines, specialisms or stage. It was open to any student."
- Kit Hammonds, co-founder of Xhibit, freelance Curator and tutor on Curating Contemporary Art at RCA.
Since its original inception, Xhibit has grown to become the longest running open-call exhibition opportunity for students at UAL. It has grown to include a substantial professional development strand, media partnerships and bursary opportunities.
Have a look back through the years of our Xhibit creatives....