Academy Now is an innovative art and culture research project for recent art graduates. Founded in 2013 in London, with the aim of filling the gap between Art Colleges and the Art System, it selects, presents and exhibits the selected artists in the UK and the EU.
Thanks to Academy Now, some of the shortlisted artists are today part of private collections and some have produced site specific projects for art institutions, biennials and fairs. A few now work with private galleries and have been featured in the media.
LAURA TORI PETRILLO, founder and director
“I love the idea of there being a place where projects are not driven by money but can exist simply because we want them to. Academy Now is holding that radical line”.
Swiss-Italian, has worked/lived in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Austria and the UK. Has been contributing to international exhibition projects since 1997. She worked with Peter Weiermair, with artists such as Joana Vasconcelos, Arnulf Rainer, Christian Boltanski and Miroslaw Balka and for art patron David Roberts (DRAF, London). She wrote essays on Shirin Neshat, Candice Breitz and Jacques Lacan. Currently she is working on The Rain Before it Falls a series of interviews of new artists for the radio and she is writing comments on current events and politics through the reading of artworks, films, music and books for the Do Disturb blog. In 2016 she launched Open Desk, a format for museums, foundations and fairs to activate dialogues between them and their local communities.
STEPHANE ROY, artist, curator & project manager
Born in Lyon, gained his MA in Science of Art in 2012 in Paris at University Pantheon-Sorbonne. Lives works in Bruxelles. A young eclectic practising artist and curator committed to the development of cultural projects. He has organised exhibitions and events in France and Belgium. He has been working since 2014 at a series of Conversations with professionals and protagonists of the art system on themes such as research, education and innovative projects.
CLAUDIO CAZZARA, photographer & global marketing
Italian, lived/worked in the UK, EU, North and South America, Middle and Far East developing business strategies for corporates. Is a practising photographer whose interest digs into portraiture. In 2014 he started My World an intimate series dedicated to musicians and CensuraPuntoZero, a project which reflects upon censorship in current Western society.
The Academy Now jury is made of young as well as senior professionals: artists, curators, museums/foundations directors and art patrons. All judges are invited for their genuine focus on supporting new artists.
Committee Members 2013-2015:
Ruth Dùpré is an artist who has been exhibiting internationally for over two decades. Dùpré has taught at the Royal College of Art, Camberwell and Central St Martin School of Art in London. She won the Bombay Sapphire Prize in 2003, and the prestigious Jack Goldhill Sculpture Prize at the Summer Show at the Royal Academy in 2010 and was a Commissioner for the selections of the winners for the Summer Show 2011. Her work is in the collections of the National Portrait gallery, London and the Corning Museum of glass, New York.
Silvia Evangelisti, Lecturer, Senior Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism, University of Bologna, Arte Fiera Bologna artistic director from 2006 till 2012. She worked with major living artists such as Bill Viola, architect Renzo Piano, and has developed throughout her career a wide network of artists and art collectors.
Malgorzata Ludwisiak, former Deputy Director of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, currently Director for the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. She was the director of Lodz – second edition of the International Art Biennale – as well as a creator and director of Lodz Design 2007– the first design and architecture festival in Poland. A curator of visual arts program and CDN exhibition within the festival of Dialogue of Four Cultures 2008. She lectures on art history and marketing in culture sector and also run MA seminars at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lódz (2007-2010). In her theoretical texts she tries to look for possible relations between contemporary art and its public, reflecting on the question of “efficiency of art” and the role of institutions, especially museums of contemporary art.
Ian Rosenfeld is a photographer, film-maker and gallery director. He has had one man shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican Centre, the Pinacoteca in Bologna, the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, amongst others. Two volumes of his work have been published, Bologna: Time, Space and Photography (Nuova Alpha) and Ferrara: Echoes of Silence (Alchima Art Publishing). Two of Rosenfeld’s films have premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Echoes of Time in 1993 and Doors of Memory in 1998. He joined Italy’s galleria Napoli Nobilissima in 2007 with responsibility for the contemporary art exhibitions programme and co-founded the Rosenfeld Porcini gallery in London in 2011.
Dr Margherita Sprio is Senior Lecturer in film History and Theory at University of Westminster, UK. She studied fine art at Goldsmiths (University of London) and The Slade School of Art (University College London) and then worked as an artist internationally before completing her PhD at Goldsmiths. She is the author of Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain (Peter Lang, 2013). She works on film practice and theory as well as the relationship of film theory to photography, contemporary art and philosophy. Her particular research interests relate to the politics of art and the moving image, globalisation and diaspora, cultural/sexual difference and transnationalism.