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The Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Art (CIRCA) in London commissions new ideas from emerging and established artists.

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CLASS OF 2021

1 - 30 September, CIRCA 2021

MEET THE 30 ARTISTS WHOSE WORK WILL APPEAR ON PUBLIC SCREENS IN LONDON, SEOUL AND TOKYO WITH ONE LUCKY FINALIST AWARDED £30,000

In May, CIRCA teamed up with Dazed to launch Class of 2021 – a brand new initiative which invited young video artists from around the world to submit a two-and-a-half minute short film in response to the theme ‘Communion’, as set by interdisciplinary artist Angel Rose.

One lucky finalist, chosen by performance artist Marina Abramović, will receive the #CIRCAECONOMYcash prize of £30k to help kick off their careers. Accordingly, the pot of money was generated through sales of CIRCA artists’ prints, including work by Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei, and David Hockney – with hopes of bringing the profits back to empower and support the winning finalist.

A jury featuring some of the world’s most important creative leaders across art, design, film, photography, music, fashion, and culture will deliberate – including Cauleen Smith, Frank Lebon, Hugo Comte, Simone Rocha, Norman Rosenthal, Dexter Navy, Ib Kamara, Priya Ahluwalia, and Caleb Femi.

After receiving 2,000 applications, 700 submitted artworks, and over 30 hours of video footage, 30 emerging artists have been selected to make up the acclaimed Class of 2021.

DISCOVER THE CLASS OF 2021