Imogen Stidworthy Wins The Liverpool Art Prize 2008

lap image is pleased to announce that Imogen Stidworthy is the overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2008.

The People’s Choice prize has been won by the Singh Twins after over 440 votes from the general public were counted.

The prizes were presented by Paul Hyland of DSG and Arthur Diamond at a special awards ceremony at the Contemporary Urban Centre where the exhibition will continue until May 7 2008

Stidworthy’s focus is on aspects of communication. She looks at how language occupies public and private spaces, and uses it as a sculptural material to explore relationships between body, voice and subject.

She is interested in how meaning is produced between people; often focusing on situations where something has disturbed the connection between a thought and a word.

For the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, she is exhibiting Get Here, and 7AM – both surround sound installations. Stidworthy has taken part in numerous international exhibitions including Documenta 12 (2007), Thessaloniki Biennale (2007), and Shanghai Biennale (2006). In 2004, she was short-listed for Beck’s Futures in London. Stidworthy is also an Advising Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.

The Singh Twins’ award winning works are recognized for pioneering the development of the Indian miniature within contemporary art practice and for establishing a unique ‘Past Modern’ genre within British Contemporary art. Internationally acclaimed, they explore serious issues of social, political and cultural debate within a richly symbolic, narrative, decorative and witty style that challenges Eurocentric stereotyping within contemporary art and the perceived divide between east and west, tradition and modernity. They were appointed official artists for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and are currently producing an animation of one of two paintings recently commissioned for Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations.

The other short-listed artists are Gareth Kemp, Jayne Lawless, Emma Rodgers and Mary Fitzpatrick.

Exhibition runs until May 7 2008

Novas Arts

Image The Novas Scarman Group has developed a strong reputation for the delivery of quality housing and community-based services, and for new and innovative approaches to working with people who experience inequality, exclusion and discrimination.

More recently we are developing extensive work, learning, social enterprise and cultural services to support our core work and to match and stretch the diverse aspirations of the people we support. 

Novas Arts is an evolving programme of creative expression for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities who seek to experience the transformative power of art. Through exhibitions, public art and educational programs we promote artistic exploration and appreciation; encourage community participation and growth; and provide opportunities for empowerment and social change. 

Few social problems have had so visible a place on the urban landscape as homelessness and exclusion and Novas Arts’ mantra is dedicated to exposing broad and diverse audiences to its themes. A goal for Novas Arts is to provide a creative forum for participants to express their feelings and use their experiences to create better understanding of the themes and issues involved. Another goal is to help generate compassion for people who truly need and want help to change their lives and engage with the world around them.

Art in Liverpool

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