Best known for the The Horn. the outdoor sculpture on the M8. Matthew Dalziel (graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone and MFA at GSA) and Louise SCullion (Glasgow School of Art graduate) have been working collaboratively since 1992.

Top Tip: ‘lt's a daunting prospect and one that most "successful" artists wouldn't want to go through again. In saying that. I think young artists have to remember that they are young and youth and invention are what the art world thrives on.’

I 2 HAYLEY TOMPKINS Studying painting at Glasgow School of Art and then the MFA course from 1996-98, Tompkins is known for her abstract watercolour paintings on paper. For her degree show. she created an installation of about 150 miniature paintings and sold individual works for a mere 9220.

Top Tip: ‘I didn't get a good degree. I got a 2:2 and l was really disappointed. But two weeks after the degree show the grade is totally irrelevant. Forget the mark, it doesn't matter.‘


Graduating from painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. Whiten won the Miller Homes' Young Artists of the Year award. This month, her first solo show opens at the Collective Gallery. Edinburgh.

Top Tip: ‘Make sure you keep a network of contacts from your time at college and immediately apply for everything that applies to you. every grant. every residency as it can suppOrt you financially.‘

I I. MICHAEL VISOCCHI Visocchi graduated in sculpture at Glasgow School of Art last year and since then has rece ved a commission to work in schools. sold work to Carol Smillie and worked with David Mach on his newspaper installation at GOMA.

Top Tip: 'Be prepared to put yourself about and work very hard. You have to be pusny and not be frightened to send slides away and be willing to take reection.’


lnnes graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen before doing a post grad at Edinburgh College of Art. This year he won the Jenivood Painting Prize having been shortlisted in 1995. For his degree show. he showed figurative pantings which sold for about £200. Nowadays. his paintings can reach the five figure mark.

Top Tip: 'Do anything to continue and I can say quite ccnfidently to remain in Scotland is a good thing because the suppOrt System here is far greater than anything else down

south. You've got to remember that if you go down to London or whatever. you'll be maybe one of 20,000 students.‘

I 6 CLAIRE WHEELDON Wheeldon graduated in fine art photography from Edinburgh and in 2001 she won the prestigious John Kobal Photography Award. She plans to move to New York at the end of the year.

Top Tip: ‘You can't take a back seat.

you really have to push your work. send it off to magazines and approach galleries.‘


Paterson graduated in 1995 from the painting department at Glasgow School of Art and is best known for his paintings of architectural features. This year he won the Beck's Futures Award.

Top Tip: ‘Keep at it. If you're going to have a job. the best thing to do is to try and get a job which is linked to the work you are interested in making. I would recommend getting involved with places like Transmission, proto-academy or Generator. It's voluntary and extremely hard work but you do get some amazing oppOrtunities.’

You got the grades. They love your work. So what happens now? Established artists share their wisdom. Words: Helen Monaghan

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I 8 DAVID SHRIGLEY Graduating in 1991 from environmental art at Glasgow School of Art, Shrigley's absurd photographs. drawings. paintings and sculpture offer a different perspective on the human condition. When he left college. he worked as a gallery guide at the CCA and even submitted cartoons for The List in 1992 until he was asked to do something more ‘political'.

Top Tip: “Don't work for The List. it‘s not well paid enough! I suppose if you want to be an artist. keep making art and don't worry too much about networking if you‘re not able to. just make art and try and get better at it.’


MOrton studied painting at Glasgow School of Art and then the prestigious MFA course which she completed in 1995. Her abstract paintings are sourced from a variety of images. from fashion and design to high art. ln 2001. she had a solo show at Sadie Coles.

Top Tip: “It's a different mindset when you are out of college. it's not the same kind of experience in the art world. You really have to believe in your own work regardless of how yOu have got on at college.’


Catch the talent while it’s young. Words: Helen Monaghan

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maybe it’s time to start thinking about owning an original. The degree shows place you a few steps away from establishing your very own art collection. Whether you are looking for something to match your newly decorated lounge or are on the hunt for work by up- and—coming talent, they offer a wealth of possibilities.

It's worth getting to the degree shows early, but not too early. Opening night is great for soaking up the buzz and energy but best avoided if you want to negotiate prices. The sheer volume of people travelling through makes viewing a challenge. Go along the day after. Students may well be nursing hangovers, but it will give you a chance to find something that you like. If you are confronted by a wall of red dots. don't be put off. Pick up the artist’s card and keep a note of their name for the future. Most students will be happy to accept a commission if all of their work has sold.

Once you have chosen something you really like, chat to the artist, ask how much it is, even haggle. It's not uncommon for artists to raise their prices for degree shows, so remember, a higher price does not necessarily mean better work. If you are looking for an investment, go with the work of students who have been name-checked in the press, or ones who have already exhibited outside college. The MA shows are also worth taking in as to get this far means they have staying power. Again, prices here will be higher.

If you don't buy anything this year, you‘ll certainly be prepared for the new generation of artists next year.

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