10am to 5pm

Main Gallery, Threadneedle Space

Admission Free

FBA Futures is the UK’s largest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.

The works on show explore a variety of subjects relevant to our times, from 21st century feminism to global identities, and celebrate the current resurgence of interest in representational painting that is taking place in art schools across the nation.

During FBA Futures, several awards will be made including The Minerva Prize, The Hottinger Prize, Be Smart About Art Award and GreatArt Visitors’ Choice Award.

FBA Futures is accompanied by a rich programme of events aimed at early-career and other practising artists, as well as those interested in collecting and supporting emerging art.

FBA Futures is sponsored by Minerva Executive Search

Prizes by:

Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition



M E Smit-Dicks
Organza, found metal, brass nut and bolt, thread & coloured sand, 173 x 18 x 43 cm, £2,000


M E Smit-Dicks
Glazed cotton, thread, stuffing & vase, 45 x 45 x 127 cm, £3,000

A Long Last Look

Amy Steel
Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, £2,500


Amy Steel
Oil & charcoal on canvas, 51 x 40 cm, £800

Durability test #2 (Homo Expectrol)

Shinuk Suh
Silicone, DC motor, motor control box, steel, 160 x 110 cm, £7,500

I don't want to do the laundry

Shinuk Suh
Acrylic on MDF, colour television, fabric softener & laundry detergent, 132 x 88 x 21 cm, £10,000

Aitch Aitch

Jack Sutherland
Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, £1,700

Big Boys Have Bulging Brows

Jack Sutherland
Oil on panel, 20 x 25 cm, £600

Tall Horse

Jack Sutherland
Oil on canvas, 137 x 97 cm, £2,100

The Touch

Izzy Treyvaud
Stop motion video, £200

Head I, 2018

Osaretin Ugiagbe
Acrylic ink & pastel on handmade paper, 42 x 30 cm, £1,200

Head II, 2018

Osaretin Ugiagbe
Acrylic ink & pastel on handmade paper, 42 x 30 cm, £1,200

Seated Figure, 2019

Osaretin Ugiagbe
Metal clips & mixed media on layered paper, 198 x 147 cm, £15,000

Marginalia Study

Marijke Vasey
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, £2,000

Pink and Chocolate

Marijke Vasey
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, £2,000

A Fair, Volterra

Ella Walker
Watercolour on paper, 41 x 31 cm, SOLD

Feast Day at Piazza dei Priori

Ella Walker
Acrylic & oil on canvas, 221 x 150 cm, £5,500

Picking Fruit

Ella Walker
Watercolour on paper, 41 x 31 cm, SOLD

Playing Scopa

Ella Walker
Watercolour on paper, 41 x 31 cm, SOLD

What A Day, I Lost My Body

Iyesha Walker
Latex, wire & stuffing, 87 x 63 x 21 cm, £170

Behind Dark Curtains

Eleanor Watson
Oil on wood, 27 x 16 cm, £900


Eleanor Watson
Oil on oak, 15 x 21 cm, £900

On the Pearl River

Eleanor Watson
Oil on Zebrano wood, 15 x 12 cm, £800

Picking Colours

Andrew Watson
Oil on canvas, 182 x 128 cm, £4,000


Eleanor Watson
Oil on oak, 20 x 18 cm, SOLD

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