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After years of progress within the art industry, a former Bristol School of Art, Queens Road student has been selected to feature in the new edition of The Catlin Guide and is also putting their final preparations in place for an art exhibition in Bristol.

35 year-old, Zanne Andrea, was selected for The Catlin Guide, which showcases the 40 most promising art graduates from around the UK, following her successful Master of Fine Arts (MFA) final exhibition at The Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University.

Speaking about her inclusion in The Catlin Guide, Zanne said: “It's incredibly exciting, I feel very honored to have been selected to be a part of it.”

Zanne, who grew up stateside in Indianapolis before moving to Bristol, had a passion and desire to study art from a young age: “I had been making artwork regularly most of my life, but at the time I really didn't know anything about contemporary art. I felt I had a lot of technical and practical art skills but had no idea what I really wanted

to make work, or how to think or talk about what I was doing. I felt I just needed a real change of focus in my life at the time.”

To pursue a career in art Zanne enrolled onto the Foundation Degree in Creative Practices, Fine Art (FdA) at the Bristol School of Art, situated on Queens Road in Bristol.

Speaking about her time at Queens Road, Zanne comments: “It is a really inspiring setting with a real art school feel to it; I love the building itself.

“I enjoyed the freedom to experiment and try things I hadn't really done before. Most of all I am appreciative of the tutors, they weren't afraid to push me to try new things and think about art in a different way. They are the ones who enabled me to start critically engaging with ideas involved in my art making and helped me to really question what art is, what it could be and where I might place myself with that. I had some great conversations there; Queen's Road was where the foundations of my current practice started to show itself.”

After studying at Bristol School of Art, Zanne went on to complete a BA hons in Fine Art at the University of the West of England. She then spent one year working part time while making work and exhibiting around Bristol before completing an MFA in Fine Art at The Bath School of Art and Design where she was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship. While completing a postgraduate degree, Zanne had a small solo show at an artist led gallery in Indianapolis and was also included in a group exhibition at Aid and Abet in Cambridge.

Zanne is now applying the finishing touches to her two-person exhibition with artist, Geraldine Hudson, from Stockholm at the disused Edwardian Toilets on Park Row, Bristol. The exhibition, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, will feature an installation of various new works including sculpture, assemblage, and found objects. The artists, who share similar conceptual concerns, and have a contrasting visual language, will be creating new work specifically for the show.

Speaking about her future, Zanne comments: “Right now I want to focus and continue making work. I hope that I will continue to have opportunities to exhibit to a wider audience who are interested in engaging with it.”

The Smoke and Mirrors exhibition opening will take place tomorrow, 31st January from 7:00pm. It will run until February 9th. Information about the exhibition can be found by clicking here.

If you would like to pursue a career in art like Zanne, enrol onto the Foundation Degree in Creative Practices, Fine Art (FdA) at the Bristol School of Art, Queens Road. Click here for more information.