dazed and confused art prize

dazed and confused art prize

Postby jasperjoffe » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:36 pm


LONDON August 15, 2011 – Converse and Dazed & Confused announce the five shortlisted artists chosen for the Converse/Dazed 2011 Emerging Artists Award. In support of the vibrant UK creative community, the award, now in its second year, is an invaluable platform for emerging artists of all disciplines – offering contenders a first prize of £6,000. Submissions opened May 6 and closed June 30, and were put before the esteemed panel of judges, Kirsty Ogg of the Whitechapel Gallery, artist Eva Rothschild, gallerist Sadie Coles, gallery director Darren Flook, curator Paul Pieroni and Dazed & Confused’s visual arts editor Francesca Gavin recently at the Whitechapel Gallery.

From an overwhelming number of entries the five artists who have been chosen for the shortlist are: Gabriele Beveridge, Ellie Harrison, Bruce Ingram, Levack Lewandowski and Richard Parry. These artists will exhibit new work in a group exhibition this coming October 2011 at a venue near the Whitechapel Gallery. The winner of the first prize will be announced on Saturday October 15, 2011 at an event at the Whitechapel Gallery.

“We have been amazed by the incredible talent of emerging artists working at the moment and the shortlisted artists excel in the full spectrum of disciplines, from sculpture and installation to film and experimental sound. We anticipate a truly exciting exhibition in London in October.” – Kirsty Ogg, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery and judge for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award

The shortlist:

Gabriele Beveridge
Slade graduate Gabriele Beveridge culls fragments pulled from the world around her – old picture magazines, photographs, spray paint, artefacts and objects – arranging them instinctually in the gallery to create a feeling she describes as familiar yet uncanny. Beveridge's work is already held in the Anita Zabludowicz collection amongst others.

Ellie Harrison

Glasgow-based Goldsmiths graduate Ellie Harrison's high-concept installations, performances and interactive internet-based projects tackle the tensions between capitalism and climate change, ego and altruism in a satirical and playful style, while exploring the possibilities of working outside traditional art institutions.

Bruce Ingram
Graduating from a MA in sculpture at the RCA, Bruce Ingram's sculptures reveal his interest in the accidental moments and chance encounters during the artistic process; his current ongoing series of sculptures "Elevations", uses debris and leftover materials from his studio. Abstract in form, the works evolve through the compilation and arrangement of ephemeral materials such as polystyrene and pipe cleaners, forms are fixed through layering and dipping in buckets of plaster and glazed with commercial paints, additional paper elements are woven or pinned upon the works surface.

Levack Lewandowski
After meeting at art school Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski forged an artistic partnership that has seen them collaborate on installations, film, performance, photography and experimental sound compositions. Their work often involves elements of live performance and audience participation – including their "One Minute Disco" installed at Port Eliot Festival, and a sculptural installation inspired by cult film Blade Runner. The pair are working on a psychedelic impression of the film The Red Shoes (1948). They opened their own gallery this year, French Riviera in Bethnal Green, which provides a platform for the work of their contemporaries who are currently without representation.

Richard Parry
London-based avant-garde artist Richard Parry challenges the role of the artist and art’s expanding commercial markets. His conceptually playful work has filled an art gallery with hundreds of bright yellow Lilos and helped trap the author J G Ballard in Narnia. His catalogues for a semi-fictional travelling art fair have spearheaded exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, London and Zimbabwe and in his spare time he relaxes by oil painting.

The Converse/Dazed 2011 Emerging Artist Award With The Whitechapel Gallery was open to all UK-based artists under the age of 35, not represented by a gallery and not currently studying. Artists of all disciplines were invited to submit their work for the judge’s consideration. The five shortlisted artists have been selected on the basis of what the panel judged to be the most innovative, interesting and well-produced work. One winner will be chosen from these and receive a cash prize of £6,000 with the other shortlisted artists receiving a £1,000 cash prize.


For more information please contact:

Dazed & Confused: Abby Bennett Dazed & Confused +44 (0) 20 7549 6848 / abby@dazedgroup.com

Converse: Clare Drummond The Communications Store +44 (0) 20 7938 5048 / clare@tcs-uk.net

Whitechapel Gallery: Rachel Mapplebeck +44 (0)20 7522 7880 / RachelMapplebeck@whitechapelgallery.org

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Re: dazed and confused art prize

Postby CAP » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:23 pm

1st Prize - A Led Zeppelin album? :)
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