The Future Can Wait


Henny Acloque
Dale Adcock
Jennifer Allen
Dylan Atkins
Jonathan Baldock
Angela Bartram
Kei Benger
Eliza Bennett
Emma Bennett
Kiera Bennett
Alexandra Berg
Biggs & Collings
Katrina Blannin
Appau Boakye-Yiadom Jr
Jonny Briggs
Don Brown
Tom Butler
Louise Camrass
Filippo Caramazza
Mr & Mrs Philip Cath
Gordon Cheung
Ronin Choo
Oliver Clegg
Inez De Coo
Dan Coombs
Emma Critchley
Simon Cunningham
Hugh Dalton
Christopher Davies
Adam Dix
Helen Dowling
Bella Easton
Tim Ellis
Tessa Farmer
Nadine Feinson
Jamie Fitzpatrick
Rose Gibbs
Mathew Gibson
Stewart Gough
Bettina Graf
Andrea Gregson
Tom Hackney
Beatrice Haines
Neil Hamon
David Hancock
Andy Harper
Marcus Harvey
Alexander Heaton
Aisling Hedgecock
Samuel Herbert
Alexander Hoda
Lee Holden
Matthew Houlding
James Howard
Chris Shaw Hughes
Jeremy Hutchinson
Luke Jackson
Sam Jackson
Monica Ursina Jäger
Chia-En Jao
Alzbeta Jaresova
James Jessop
Jasper Joffe
Chris Jones
Reece Jones
Kounosuke Kawakami
Annie Kevans
Rebecca Kidson
Josephine King
Rebecca Kressley
Benjamin Kustow
Gayle Chong Kwan
Ian Larson
Adam Latham
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Dale Lewis
Cedar Lewisohn
Cathy Lomax
Francesca Lowe
Kate Lyddon
Alastair Mackie
Rui Matsunaga
Robin Mason
Lee Maelzer
Eric Manigaud
Wendy Mayer
Oliver Mcconnie
Kate Mccgwire
Sarah Mcginity
Mark Mcgowan
Ekua Mcmorris
Damien Meade
Hugh Mendes
Alexis Milne
Alexis Milne & Tom Bresolin
Adeline De Monseignat
Richard Moon
Jock Mooney
Kieran Moore
Alex Gene Morrison
Tamsin Morse
Suzanne Moxhay
Rie Nakajima
Atsuko Nakamura
Nika Neelova
Gavin Nolan
Margaret O'brien
Janak Odedra
Marilene Oliver
Tom Ormond
Zak Ové
Sikelela Owen
Tim Parr
Claire Partington
Wieland Payer
Claire Pestaille
Jaime Pitarch
Anja Priska
Emma Puntis
Harry Pye
Danny Rolph
Kim Rugg
James Russell
Mitra Saboury
Andrew Salgado
Angus Sanders-Dunnachie
Michele Sank
Miho Sato
Piers Secunda
Benjamin Senior
Dominic Shepherd
Jamie Shovlin
Veronica Smirnoff
Pete Smith
Soheila Sokhanvari
Ben Spiers
John Stark
William Stein
Katie Surridge
Geraldine Swayne
Samantha Sweeting
Zhu Tian
Dolly Thompsett
Erik Tidemann
Oleg Tolstoy
Danny Treacy
Gavin Tremlett
Will Tuck
James Unsworth
Alex Virji
Stephen Walter
Miranda Whall
Joella Wheatley
Hugo Wilson
Hannah Wooll
Laura White
Ben Woodeson
Lisa Wright


Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University (1993-1996) before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School (2003-2005).

Zavier is the founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant curatorial gallery project that specialises in showing and representing emerging to mid-career artists. He also curates an annual exhibition called Young Gods, which is his personal selection of London graduates. Zavier has curated exhibitions internationally including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome; and continues to place work in notable collections globally. Known as an acute talent spotter Zavier has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists directly from Art College who have gone on to considerable success with galleries, museums and collectors.

Zavier also collects and maintains a studio practice, and as such has exhibited at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in prominent private collections including the seminal Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich..


Simon Rumley

Before THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, Simon Rumley founded the auspicious New London Kicks in 2005. An annual exhibition sponsored by The Armory Show, New London Kicks promoted British contemporary and emerging artists in New York in collaboration with Soho House NY and Wooster Projects. Showcasing breaking talent such as Tessa Farmer, Gordon Cheung, Stella Vine and Katy Moran, Simon subsequently co-founded THE FUTURE CAN WAIT with Zavier Ellis which led to curating shows as far afield as Los Angeles, Rome, Naples and Berlin.

Simon is also one of the UK's leading independent film directors. His films have premiered at Rotterdam, SXSW and Toronto and have won almost 50 prizes globally.



Established in 2007, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT was a direct response to Zavier Ellis' and Simon Rumley's fifteen years’ experience of the London art scene. Having discovered, curated and collected many of the most exciting young and progressive artists during this period, both Ellis and Rumley became known for identifying rising talent early.

THE FUTURE CAN WAIT was an independent, multi-disciplinary survey project consisting of predominantly London based or educated artists who work in painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, performance and installation. Conceived to compliment and complete London's Frieze week, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT took place every October for 10 years in monumental locations up to 26,000 sq. ft., including the Old Truman Brewery; Shoreditch Town Hall; and Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square. Between 2011 and 2014 THE FUTURE CAN WAIT was organised by invitation in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations.

Having featured over 150 artists, placing many with prominent collectors globally as well as providing exhibition opportunities with international galleries, Ellis and Rumley decided to retire the project after an incredible 10 years. They ended production by co-curating a typically ambitious charity event with Kiera Bennett, Alex Gene Morrison and Reece Jones called ‘In Memoriam Francesca Lowe’ in 2017. The one-day exhibition and auction at the Old Truman Brewery raised significant funds and featured over 50 artists from THE FUTURE CAN WAIT programme alongside artists including Matt Calderwood, Andrew Grassie, Anne Hardy, Marcus Harvey, Chantal Joffe, Polly Morgan, Noble & Webster, Julian Opie, Mark Wallinger, Jonathan Wateridge and Jonathan Yeo.