Entering its sixth year, the annual competition for artists born or based in the Liverpool City Region is exhibited, administered and managed by Metal at Edge Hill Station. The prize of £2000 pounds is awarded to the winning artist, as well as an invitation for a solo exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. The winner of the People’s choice award decided on by the public voting at the gallery will be awarded with £1000.
Last year’s judging panel, composed of Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator Tate Liverpool), Mike Stubbs (CEO and Director FACT), Laura Davis (Arts Editor Liverpool Daily Post) and Markus Soukup (Digital artist and winner of Liverpool Art Prize 2011) had a task of choosing between the four shortlisted artists: Wallasey based audio and installation Alan Dunn, graffiti artist and painter Tomo, Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney from The Drawing Paper, and filmmaker and installation artist Robyn Woolston.
The overall award went to Robyn Woolston whose outstanding piece, representing a dead
tree surrounded by a sea of plastic forks and spoons made a strong statement about man’s treatment of environment. Visitors to Metal at Edge Hill Station also voted on their favourite works, awarding the £1000 People’s Choice Award to Tomo.
Joining the 2013 judging panel of Liverpool Art Prize 2013 are Tim Etchells, Sally Tallant, Robyn Woolston and Laura Davis.
Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment. He is currently Professor of Performance at Sheffield University.
Sally Tallant is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Liverpool Biennial and a former Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She has curated and organised exhibitions, performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions. She is a Trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery and Raking Leaves, the External Examiner for MA Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Laura Davis, who will once again be joining the Liverpool Art Prize judging panel, is an Arts Editor at Liverpool Daily Post. With her “finger on the pulse” of Liverpool arts, she covers theatre, music, dance and the visual arts in Merseyside and beyond.
Robyn Woolston, Winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2012 is a Liverpool-based artist and
filmmaker whose practice reveals structures and raises questions concerning social, economic and ecological perspectives. Her processes involve Installation, photography, moving image, print and online projects. As a Producer her practice also covers Curating, Research & Development.
They will decide on the four shortlisted artists that will exhibit next year following an open call for nominations. Please visit http://liverpoolartprize.com/ before Friday 21st
December 2012 to cast your vote!
Artinliverpool.com founded the Liverpool Art Prize in early 2008, inspired by the Turner Prize coming to Liverpool in the Capital of Culture year. The Art Prize is now a firmly established part of Liverpool’s annual arts diary, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of local artists and their contribution to contemporary art. It aims to promote national awareness and discussion of contemporary art in the city and to support individual artists in developing their practice.
The Prize has continually attracted sponsors from the local business community. The sponsors of Liverpool Art Prize 2012 included: ABW Architects, Bill Elms, Duncan Sheard Glass, The Gallery Liverpool, UHC (Ultimate Holding Company), Barefoot Wines and McCoy Wynne Photography.
We are always interested to find more local businesses to help support and grow the prize. Please contact 0151 707 2277 for further details.
With local artists generating such a buzz inside the region and beyond it, the Liverpool Arts Prize also grows in significance, shedding light on the vitality of artistic work made in the Liverpool City region, supporting and honouring its artists. So keep your eyes on the new nominations and date announcements for 2013.
Deadline for nominations Friday 21st December 2012.