OUR RECENT PRESS
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'CHECKING IN: This Chic London Hotel Is An Art Lover’s Paradise'. On June 4, 2023
"The studio is a collaborative effort between the hotel and Contemporary Collective: a studio that exists to “champion and further the careers of promising artists... empowering them to continue making and developing through the critical early years of their careers.”"
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'TASTE OF THE ARTi'. On May 12, 2022
Bankside Hotel have launched their new ‘Taste of Art’ series.
"Offering an interactive art and design workshop with one of the Bankside artists in residence, followed by a three course dinner at ArtYard Bar & Kitchen, the hotel’s art-filled restaurant. Each artist will talk through their creative process, and guests will get a taste of how to do it themselves over the course of the afternoon/ evening."
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'MEET THE ARTIST DINNER WITH SOPHIE DERRICK'. By Circe Hughes On May 12, 2022
"Contemporary mixed media portrait artist Sophie Derrick will be heading up a round table discussion in the private dining room at Art Yard Bar & Kitchen at Bankside Hotel this month. Speak with Derrick personally about her practice and approach while enjoying a three-course meal prepared by Head Chef Stephen Englefield, with dishes inspired visually by Derrick’s work. On arrival, guests will be given a drink and an in-person demonstration by Derrick of how she achieves her colourful and visually striking paintings, so it’s defo ones for all you budding artists out there."
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'WHAT TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEK: THE A-LIST'. On May 8, 2022
"Artist-in-residence Kelly Jenkins will be hosting a special workshop focused on the signature embroidery technique she uses in all of her spectacular paintings. Enjoy a live demo followed by an embroidery tutorial, which will see guests given the opportunity to stitch into Jenkins’ work and take the piece home with them. And as a reward for all that hard work, the workshop will be followed by a three-course dinner at ArtYard Bar & Kitchen—all included in the price of the ticket. An evening very well spent if you ask us, away from the madding South Bank crowds."
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'ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY: Cody Choi'. On March 31, 2022
Our artist Cody Choi was featured by Leica to tell the story behind his photograph.
"During the pandemic, we were asked to give up a lot of things in our life: jobs, relationships, homes, and even our dreams. When you have to choose which to let go of one by one, what is the one last thing you always hold tight to; that keeps you going? While covid-19 has stirred up the whole world, at least one thing was made clear to me – I can never live without dancing."
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'I've been taking a photo every day at 12.34pm for 10 years'. By Jamie Moreland On February 22, 2022
Our artist Samuel Ryde was showcased on the BBC for his unconventional life-long photographic initiative.
"When Samuel Ryde got his first smartphone in 2012, he began a project to photograph whatever he was up to at 12.34pm every day."
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Hannah wins Aldridge Junior Art Prize. By Vashti Turner On October 27, 2021
"Back in December 2020, 88 young people aged 14-18 from across the family of Aldridge schools and Colleges submitted entries to the Aldridge Junior Signature Art Prize, and KAA's own Hanna (13 Roosevelt) was shortlisted in the Fine Art category for her painting "Liza Mahu"."
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PHOTOGRAPHY GRADUATE WINS SIGNATURE ART PRIZE 2021. On October 6, 2021
" BA (Hons) Photography graduate Jacob Talbot has been announced as a winner of the Signature Art Prize 2021 in the Photography and Film category."
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STOP PRESS- SIGNATURE ART PRIZE WINNER 2021!!!. By Linda Blackstone On September 28, 2021
"On Thursday 23 September Jacob won the prestigious SIGNATURE ART AWARD 2021 PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM CATEGORY - an annual award for Graduates from art schools across the British Isles."
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Step inside this Fifties house in Cape Town with a burnished boho vibe. On March 16, 2021
"For woven pendant lights in a pod-like style, try Louise Tucker. Gray Concrete could make a table like this. The ottoman is from DAG in Cape Town. Head to George Smith for similar. The painting was knocked up by home owner. Try degreeart.com for similar artwork."
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New Wall Mural Collaboration | Claire Luxton x FEATHR. On October 25, 2020
"We’re excited to announce our new wall mural collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Claire Luxton and DegreeArt.com: launching simultaneously with Claire’s new London solo exhibition, Botanica."
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TV house secrets: the 'Healthy House' art collection. By Hugh Metcalf On September 14, 2020
"Grand Designs TV house: look inside Britain's first hypoallergenic home For the first time in Grand Designs TV history, Kevin McCloud followed Elinor and Born Barikor on their self-build journey to creating a healthy home. Take a look at the key features that ensure their project is a truly healthy building."
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Degree Art Presents Infinity Rooms. By Dina Rose Friedman On June 16, 2020
"As key art fairs and exhibitions across the globe are postponed and cancelled and the future of physical galleries is further threatened,this exhibtioin brings together, online, the curated works of the very best handpicked artists each represented by leading international galleries; Degreeart.com, Contemporary Collective, Modern Art Buyer, and Columbia Road Gallery."
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Fine Art alumnus wins Signature Art Prize. On March 30, 2020
"Habib Hajallie has won a Signature Art Prize in the category of Drawing and Printmaking for his piece 'Can I Touch Your Hair?'."
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Design graduate shortlisted for national art prize. On December 18, 2019
"Northumbria University graduate Jessica Slack has been shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2019/20 for her painting, Finding Life’s Joy."
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To do: Get crafty at the Bankside Hotel with Rod McIntosh. By Natasha Colyer On December 5, 2019
"In partnership with the Contemporary Collective, Bankside Hotel is delighted to announce its seventh artist in residence, Rod McIntosh. His residency runs from now until 10 Jan 2020. There is plenty of time to get your craft hat on and enjoy the many art offerings."
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South Bank in Focus: Q&A with Rod McIntosh. By Tom Harrow-Smith On December 3, 2019
"Rod McIntosh is the current artist in residence at Bankside Hotel in collaboration with Contemporary Collective who draws heavily on mindfulness in approach to his works and focuses on the medium of ink as his main creative influence. His artworks won't be the only focal point of his time as artist in residence, Rod will also host a number mindfulness events throughout his time at Bankside, including free, weekly morning meditation sessions. Interested in finding out more, we sat down with Rod to ask him a bit more about his work, his style and influences, as well as the other projects he will be working on during his time in South Bank, including the 'All Things Ink' event that takes place this December."
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The Signature Art Prize 2019. On November 23, 2019
"The Signature Art Prize was established by gallery Directors Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa in 2007 to celebrate and identify emerging artists’ ‘Signature Style’. "
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MA students shortlisted Signature Art Prize. By Lizzie Amati On November 13, 2019
"MA Craft student Zahra Priddle and MA Fine Art student Jake Francis have both been nominated in the Sculpture category for the 2019 Signature Art Prize."
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Art Takes The Reins At Bankside Hotel in London's South Bank. By Anja Mutic On July 18, 2019
"What sets Bankside Hotel apart from the pack is the Maker in Residence program, curated by Contemporary Collective."
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Signature Art Prize Exhibition. On February 13 to May 31, 2019
"Trinity Art Gallery hosted Signature Art Prize exhibition in collaboration with Degree Art and Contemporary Collective."
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7 Things to Do In London. By Abi Sritharan On April 8, 2019
"Current artist in residence at Bankside Hotel, Victoria Heald, is hosting an intimate gold leafing masterclass for art-lovers of all abilities this Saturday. Following a brief talk by Heald, attendees will learn how to embellish art using gilding paste. 100% of the profits raised will be donated to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation."
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Inside Autograph Collection's Hip New HotelBy Laura Parker On April 7, 2019
The hotel has also partnered with Contemporary Collective to run a rolling "Maker in Residence" program. There's an on-site artist studio, located on the ground floor of the hotel, which will provide emerging artists space and opportunity to showcase their work.
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Master of Her Own Destiny- Pauline de Souza Chair's the Invited Industry Panel Discussion for International Women's Day. On February 25, 2019
"On International Women's Day, Contemporary Collective brings together artists, industry insiders and invited guests to Bankside Hotel join us for a round table discussion with artists and industry insiders exploring their practice, roles and experiences in and of the art world."
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Bankside Hotel a six-story work of art on London's emerging South Bank. By Felicity Long On February 5, 2019
"The first in what will be a rotating cast of Makers in Residence is London-based contemporary artist and urban landscape painter Luke Walker. The Bankside also commissioned Helen Gorrill, a portrait artist represented by the Contemporary Collective, an online gallery featuring emerging artists, to create three portraits of people with a connection to the area."
AS FEATURED IN: THE METRO
'Fiona Barratt (fionabarrattinteriors.com) says: Make a statement with artwork and accessories. Choosing brightly-coloured and textural artwork and objects can help make a space feel vibrant and energetic... Websites such as DegreeArt (degreeart.com) are brilliant for sourcing affordable artwork. It acts as a platform for university graduates to display their pieces.'
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Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate Tottie Aarvold has been included in a shortlist of 21 artists for The Signature Art Prize 2018/19. On January 30, 2019
Dan Pryde-Jarman, Course Leader for HCA’s BA Fine Art course, said:
“We are very proud to hear of Tottie’s success immediately after graduation, being selected and then shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious and highly competitive Signature Art Prize. Tottie’s degree show work, which focused upon abandoned and overlooked spaces, is full of pathos and intrigue, and the final selected image is fantastically composed. We encourage students and graduates to submit for national prizes and opportunities, and it’s so pleasing to hear of Tottie’s deserved selection and exhibition in London. We wish her the best of luck for the final award!”
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Bankside Arrives in London. By Will Speros On January 30, 2019
"The design reflects the history of South Bank through an art school-inspired lens. British craftsmanship is also showcased across the interior with furnishings from local ceramicist Laura Carlin and artist and designer Malgorzata Bany, who crafted side tables cast from Jesmonite in homage to columns used to support buildings above water. Online art gallery Contemporary Collective has also launched the Maker in Residence program at the hotel."
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This Posh New London Hotel Is an Incubator for Up-and-Coming Artists A neighborhood brewing with creative energy welcomes an esteemed new hotel that doubles as a coworking space and showcase for art and design. By Dan Koday On January 22, 2019
"More recently, artists represented by Bankside curator Contemporary Collective, including Helen Gorrill and Victoria Heald, have been added to its roster of talent. The acclaimed Gorrill, who describes her work as “vandalizing old masters and reviving art historical portraits through photobombing and incorporating elements from contemporary subculture” submitted three portraits to Bankside’s gallery. In the works, Gorrill has drawn inspiration from the hotel’s South Bank ‘hood and the staff of the property itself, incorporating their features into the portraits that represent Mona Lisa, Shakespeare, and Sir Christopher Wren. For her residency starting this summer, the London-based Heald will host an artist talk about her experience in the industry and an event on using gold leaf as a technique in art, which she is well accomplished in."
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Hiscox online trade report 2019.
Rising 12 places since 2018, DegreeArt came in at #7 following Bonhams (#6), Artnet (#5), Philips (#4) , Artsy (#3), Christies (#2) and Sotheby’s (#1). DegreeArt was the highest ranking ecommerce primary online sales platform.
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Set to serve as a cultural hub for SE1, the Bankside Hotel is an impressive addition to the capital's roster of design-conscious hotels... By Lisa Davidson On December 12, 2018
"With easy access to the Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Somerset House, the new design-led Bankside Hotel combines the influences and culture of its surrounding neighbourhood with genuinely friendly service, art-informed interiors, and a commitment to be regarded as ‘the’ social hub for guests and locals with a penchant for style. A dedicated area of the hotel is home to a ‘Makers in Residence Craft Space’ where, in collaboration with Contemporary Collective, an ever-changing programme of creatives covering a range of disciplines will have the opportunity to practice their craft; guests having the pleasure to watch an artistic journey unfold throughout their stay."
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Interview with Michelle Heron. On December 11, 2018
"Hailed as “the future of art” by The Guardian, following her The Other Art Fair appearance in 2017, Michelle’s work has been selected for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Her paintings have been exhibited at Mall Galleries, London, Hampton Court Palace and The Royal Academy. Her work is currently available at DegreeArt.com."
Portrait of a stylish stay: A first look inside Bankside - London's artiest hotel newcomer. By Chris Leadbeater, 9 November 2018
"Gorrill is represented by the Contemporary Collective – an art gallery born into the creative swirl of Hackney, east London, in 2006, and now based at Somerset House on the Strand. It has made a mission statement of “supporting young artists in the emerging stages of their careers, to provide them with meaningful exposure and access to the market place and collectors”. It will curate the hotel as, effectively, an extension of its own space, filling its walls with the paintings and visions of talented individuals. Londoner Luke Walker is already notable by his presence. It is his dramatic, lined representations of structures in the capital – produced by applying paint with thin strips of masking tape – that illuminate the alcove next to the lifts on the ground floor. The city come within."
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Autograph Collection Opens London Bankside. By Mia Taylor On October 30, 2018
"Underscoring the hotel’s commitment to the creative area in which it resides, Bankside has also partnered with Contemporary Collective to run a rolling Maker in Residence program. This effort will include a permanent space offering emerging artists the opportunity to showcase and create work just a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern."
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On October 30, 2018
Reflecting the hotel's commitment to the creative area in which it resides, Bankside has partnered with Contemporary Collective to run a rolling Maker in Residence programme. This permanent space offers emerging artists the opportunity to showcase and create work just a stone's throw from the Tate Modern.
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Meet Ernesto Romano. By Karen McCabe On August 21, 2018
"We recently caught up with Italian artist and interior designer Ernesto Romano from DegreeArt.com to find out a bit about his colourful digital and photographic prints, as well as get his top tips for incorporating art in the home!"
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LONDON HOTEL HOSTS PROGRAM FOR ARTISTS. On April 6, 2018
"Opened six months ago, Bankside, a design-forward hotel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, has revealed its schedule for its Maker-in-Residence program, a rotating series of artists and workshops taking place in its ground-floor Makers Hub. Reflecting the hotel’s commitment to the vibrant creative district in which it resides, Bankside partnered with Contemporary Collective."
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2018 Design Trends - what's hot? On January 15, 2018
"Claire Luxton Right: Creusculum Wallpaper by Claire Luxton for FEATHR."
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ECA graduate wins Signature Art Prize. On January 9, 2018
"Hans K Clausen, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sculpture earlier this year, won the sculpture category with his piece, ‘Notion’. Elinor Olisa, Director of DegreeArt, said: “The beauty of Hans’ achievement with ‘Notion’ is that through its structured simplicity he communicates so much to the viewer. The assembled work on display at the Gala instantly became a part of the space as much due to its size as the audiences’ participation with it."
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Contemporary Collective's current "Maker in Residence" at Bankside Hotel, Victoria Heald, is delighted to offer a gold Leaf Art Workshop in the dedicated Artist Studio at the hotel.The workshop will run for 2 hours from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. During the workshop Victoria Heald will talk briefly about her work and the residency programme at Bankside Hotel.
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Meet Contemporary Collective. By Emma Mansell On March 4, 2016
"Having made their Affordable Art Fair debut as part of the Project Space Collective in 2015, we were delighted that Contemporary Collective returned to the fair to showcase their exciting selection of early-career artists."
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ART NEWS: Last Night the Winners of the Signature Art Prize were announced. By Mark Westall On March 5, 2014
"Each winner was awarded a cash prize of £1,000 along with gifts from the sponsors, representation from DegreeArt.com and their work will be on display this April for one month at the DegreeArt.com Gallery on Vyner Street in East London."
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Latest collaborations at Kingston University showcased for businesses in the creative and digital sectors. On November 22, 2013
"A number of key players in the digital and creative industry met recently as part of Kingston University's Meet the Experts series of business seminars. Guest speakers included Elinor Olisa from degreeart.com, a pioneering online art dealership; Sven Krause from Seren, one of Europe's largest customer experience and service design consultancies; Wyndham Lewis, Executive Director, British Interactive Media Association (BIMA); and Mike Brown from the BBC."
"Elinor Olisa, director of degreeart.com outlined how her company is developing a technology solution entitled Artellite, which is aimed at future-proofing the online arts industry. Artellite is funded by NESTA, the digital R&D fund for the Arts. This project will involve a technology partner, Snowflake Digital, and a research partner, Kingston University, and is a perfect example of collaboration between the digital and creative sectors underpinned by academic research, to produce tangible business benefits."
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Profile: Degreeart.com. By Imogen Blake On November 18, 2012
"Refreshingly then, Degreeart.com, an online company which represents art graduates hand-picked by co-founders Isabel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa, helps emerging artists to support themselves by “doing what they love"."
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Art Review: ArtHAUS @ DegreeArt. By Tabish Khan On May 4, 2012
" ArtHAUS is the latest exhibition by Degree Art. It's like wandering into the home of someone with a vivid and surreal imagination. This is no IKEA show home, yet you feel as if you could take a seat at the kitchen table and hold a conversation over Jana Emburey's intricately delicate sculpture made entirely of eggshells."
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Artists move online to sell their work to a wider audience. By Lucy Burton On March 13, 2012
"DegreeArt is both a physical shop in Bethnal Green and a website, which allows art lovers to buy the works of art students, and those who have recently graduated. It is co-directed by friends Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa. The women realised there was a gap in the market for a company that could promote and sell graduate art work. "The idea is to leave the business part to us, and let the artists do what they do best - their art work," says Ms Beauchamp.""
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Calling all creatives: Degree Art. By Harriet Stigner On January 5, 2012
" For most of us, the idea of owning our own original artwork is a distant dream in the same league as buying a Hermes Birkin bag. But you can bag a masterpiece for your wall from DegreeArt, a company that sells affordable pieces from the most talented art students and graduates in the UK"
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"Fiona Barratt (fionabarrattinteriors.com) says: ‘Make a statement with artwork and accessories. Choosing brightly-coloured and textural artwork and objects can help make a space feel vibrant and energetic, as well as distracting attention away from the less desirable areas of the rented space. Websites such as Degree Art (degreeart.com) are brilliant for sourcing affordable artwork. It acts as a platform for university graduates to display their pieces.’"
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What a talon-ted bunch! Artists unveil UK's first exhibition dedicated to nail painting. By Sadie Whitelocks On September 13, 2011
"Collaborating with the capital's top nail technicians, graduates have put together an eclectic, first-of-its-kind nail display which opened to the public this month and includes eye-catching artwork worn by stars such as Beyonce. Hailed as the first nail exhibit to hit the UK, the creatives at DegreeArt.com wanted to illustrate the skill involved with the body art through a colourful fusion of fashion and art."
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Britain's Got Talons. By Aurelia Donaldson On September 10, 2011
" In September at an exhibition called Nailphilia in London, Maria Newman will be showing a film called Nailed that she created with the photographer Nick Knight. It includes two models joined together by their nails (don't try it at home). The exhibition will be the first in London to specialise in nail art. Run by degreeart.com at its gallery space in Vyner Street, it will feature Newman's work alongside that of other nail technicians including Sophy Robson and Jenny Longworth."
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Affordable art at the click of a mouse. By Laura Allsop On February 21, 2011
" Degreeart was set up by London art and fashion graduates Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa in 2003, and features work by artists schooled at some of the best art institutions in the UK. Prices start from £25 ($40) for a limited edition print, all the way up to £15,000 ($24,000)."People were really interested in buying art by emerging artists, hoping a little for someone who would be worth a lot of money in future, but didn't know where to to look," Beauchamp said."
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INSIDEout at Degreeart.com. By Mark Westall On July 9, 2009
" This July, INSIDEout is exhibiting at DegreeArt.com. This Hertfordshire based group of artists came together in 2008 with their first INSIDEout show, bringing together a number of graduates and undergraduates from the University of Hertfordshire and expanded with other local artists, all with the aim of showing the best in innovative contemporary art."
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Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa: the art girls. By Ben Matchell On February 23, 2008
" Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa found success taking the pain out of buying affordable art."