Ferg Cooper

Artist

Tell us about yourself

I'm a London based artist working primarily in paint and collage. My work deals with themes of commercialism in relation to the self. In particular, ways we use social media to communicate, our relationship with a bombardment of visual information against a dystopian news cycle, and the notion of privacy as a commodity. It also sometimes features pizza, pigeons and Paris Hilton. I studied an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, and currently have a studio at Koppel Project Central in Soho.

Why do you think it’s important to see artistic response to social and political events?

The current news cycle feels increasingly divisive and dictatorial. Social media feels angry, impulsive and aggressive. Art can also be all of these things, but it commands a space for thought and response, forces us to question rather than accept, and is wild, unpredictable, indefinable and forward-thinking. All of which feels much needed at the moment.  

The Steering Committee

The company directors and panel are involved on an individual capacity, not representing their organisations and on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the panel in future please email Kathryn Bilyard on kathryn@artcry.co.uk with some information about yourself and why you are interested.