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: 10th Januray 2022
We are delighted to announce this year's selection panel who will curate Xhibit 2022.
Jamie Clifton is Editor-in-Chief at VICE UK. Since assuming the role in 2016, he and his team have championed and supported a number of young and up-and-coming illustrators and artists. Jamie has also overseen multiple special editorial projects for which design was a primary focus, working with artists and photographers to tie the written work together with a unified aesthetic.
Carine Harmand is an art curator, currently working as Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London. Harmand is a trustee of Mimosa House, London, a space dedicated to platforming women and queer artists and focusing on the fluidity of identity. She is on the advisory board of the Santo Domingo Centre for Excellence in Latin American Research at the British Museum, London.
Leanne Elliott Young is noted globally as the lead innovator and commentator on the topics of METAVERSE, fashion futures, digital fashion innovation, inclusivity in tech, sustainability and NFTs. A C-suite executive and female founder, who works within strategic innovation for IRL x URL digital fashion creations and showcases.
Armani Sutherland is the current Activities Sabbatical Officer at Arst Students' Union.
"My name is Armani Sutherland and I am the Arts Students’ Union Activities Officer and CSM Link Officer. Before taking on this role I studied BA Media Communications at LCC and through this course worked on a wide range of units and briefs that challenged and pushed me creatively. Throughout my degree I was able to create a photobook, record a podcast, respond to a live client brief and much more. In my second year I became President of the African Caribbean Society and Ballet for Arts Dance Club – both of which allowed me to create a range of student events and manage large scale productions including the annual Arts Dance Showcase where I stage managed over two hundred dancers. I also got the chance to collaborate with external companies to create exciting student experiences. Outside of this, my focus is in events and production. I have worked on a number of short films, series and campaigns as a production manager and am interested progressing further in my experience as an events producer. In my short time as Activities Officer I have been able to support societies and clubs in creating events of their own by relying on my own knowledge and hope to continue to do this and more during my time at Arts SU and CSM. I am excited to see what the next emerging artists will deliver and what has inspired their work and am excited to be a part of this panel!"
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....