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Rankin hosts ‘springboard’ exhibition for 40 emerging photographers

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By Amy Houston | Reporter

March 29, 2022 | 4 min read

Renowned British photographer Rankin is supporting the next generation of creative talent with the Visual Noise exhibition on April 9 and 10.

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Visual Noise photography exhibition / Kesh/Andrew Quinn

The London art fair is a direct response to degree shows being postponed over the past few years. During the show, there will also be a partnership with Legacy of War, a foundation campaigning for no more war, that will see proceeds from a T-shirt sale go towards people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

Open for one weekend only at Maryland Studio, the event will showcase over 40 emerging photographers’ work inspired by their own personal journeys, dysphoric approaches to contemporary culture, art history, and an unabashed love for art and fashion presented across mixed media formats.

Public Offerings Ltd put the call out to the graduates with a brief that stated they would have a 6ft x 6ft space and to be as creative with it as they liked with the aim to show the public work they will not have seen before. The response from the UK’s 2020-2022 graduating classes of photographers was overwhelming.

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“Graduate degree shows are more than just a rite of passage, they’re a vital springboard for creative talent to get noticed and begin forging their path in the industry,” said Ellen Stone, chief executive officer at Public Offerings Ltd.

“The reason we’re such strong advocates for diverse voices to be heard, and for giving them the chance to compete early on in their careers, is because if we support diverse artists now we can shape what representation looks like across the art market of the future.”

Rankin will mark the occasion by taking over the upper floor of the studio to launch his first physical Swag store – an experiential activation of his online shop that will showcase publications and prints from over the last 30 years.

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“Like everyone in this industry, I had to get my start somewhere,” said Rankin. ”I was lucky enough to find a community of artists, stylists, writers and musicians all launching themselves into the world at the same time as me.

“By bringing artists together from different universities and backgrounds, I hope we can help build a new community of artists who will grow together over the coming decades.”

Legendary Sex Pistols graphic designer Jamie Reid’s artwork is featured on the tees being sold at the exhibition and online, with the proceeds going to Legacy Of War’s work assisting those affected by conflict in Ukraine and around the world.

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