Former Brookes students set for BBC 2 School of Saatchi Series

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Former Brookes students set for BBC 2's 'School of Saatchi' Series

Two former Brookes Fine Art students among six chosen for BBC 2's 'School of Saatchi'; Series

Two former Brookes Art Students, Saad Qureshi and Matthew Clark are among six artists who feature in the new four-part BBC 2 series, 'School of Saatchi, the first of which aired on 23 November. The series documents Charles Saatchi's nationwide search for new contemporary art talent. The selection panel, consisting of artist Tracey Emin, critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings, art collector Frank Cohen and Barbican curator Kate Bush, chose twelve artists work from the thousands of applicants that they believe most worthy to be seen by Saatchi.

Saad Qureshi graduated in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes in 2007 with a first class BA (Hons) and is now in his second year of a Masters in Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, having gained prestigious funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He also won the highly acclaimed Red Mansion Prize gaining a month's residency in Beijing with a well-known established artist in the Art Quarter where he spent most of June this year.

Matthew Clark, who is originally from Oxford, completed his Art Foundation at Oxford Brookes and continued studying at Central St Martins, where he graduated in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art.

Six finalists featured on the programme will gain places in a specially created art school. One winner selected from these six will be offered their own studio for three years and will also join Saatchi on his next major exhibition at the Hermitage Gallery in St. Petersburg.