Entries for the East London Painting Prize 2015 are now closed.
23 artists who live or work in east London have been shortlisted for the 2015 East London Painting Prize. Their work goes on show in a unique exhibition at The Rum Factory, Pennington Street Warehouse, London Dock in Wapping in May 2015.
The East London Painting Prize, now in its second year, celebrates the incredible talent and diversity of artists living and working in the boroughs of east London. The prize has been created by The Legacy List (shortly to become the Foundation for FutureLondon) and Bow Arts Trust, with kind support from the Goldhill Family and the Zabludowicz Collection.
The shortlist have been selected by an influential panel including artist and painter Phoebe Unwin; editor of Art Review, Oliver Basciano; Director of the Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson and founder of Launchpad, Sarah Elson.
The eventual winner will be selected from the artists exhibited at the Rum Factory on Wednesday 13 May, winning a £10,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition in the Nunnery Gallery, Bow later in the year.
The shortlisted artists are:
Michael Ajerman, Steven Allan, David Caines, Anna Freeman Bentley, Andrew Hladky, Kate Lyddon, Cathy Lomax, Lee Maelzer, Judith Rooze, Mimei Thompson.
Peter Donaldson, Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis.
Hannah Brown, Cyrus Shroff, Caroline Walker, Willem Weismann, Emily Wolfe, Vivien Zhang.
Benjamin Doherty, Katrin Maeurich, David Ben White, Josephine Wood.
Oliver Basciano, Editor of Art Review, explained the panel’s selection criteria: “The judges were able to put together an incredibly strong shortlist from a happily huge number of entries. The 23 artists whom made the cut are not just highly skilled technicians (and let's in no way seek to minimalise the importance of that) but also create works that are active, affective and alive; each in their own way spurring forth with an exacting, indelible energy, that stopped us in our tracks."
Lizzie Neilson, Director of Zabludowicz Collection said: “Judging was a tough, but incredibly rewarding process. Every one of the 23 shortlisted paintings is by an accomplished artist. We had to be hard-nosed to get to this succinct group but I think there is a strength is showing the best of the best. As the Director of an active contemporary art collection seeing these excellent paintings in the flesh was a fantastic experience and left me invigorated as the breadth of painting practice in the east end of London is just staggering.”
Claire Gevaux, Creative Director of The Legacy List, said: “The boroughs surrounding Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are home to Europe’s largest concentration of artists and arts organisations. Through the East London Painting Prize, we set out to nurture this talent and help some of these outstanding artists to make their mark on the capital’s contemporary art scene. We’d like to congratulate each of the shortlisted artists, their work has impressed and inspired.”
Rosamond Murdoch, Director Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts said: “I am thrilled at the quality and quantity of entries this year, east London is a hotbed of talent and the painters shortlisted for this year’s prize are a distillation of that quality.”
Michael Goldhill, representative of the Goldhill family, said: “We are delighted to have helped create this painting prize in my late father's name for emerging artists, living and working in the East End of London. We hope it will continue to grow in stature within the art community. Once again the remarkable talent has enabled us to present a powerful show to be held on the 13th May, when I shall announce the winner."
East London Painting Prize exhibition
30 April to 17 May. Open daily 12noon – 6pm
The Rum Factory, Pennington Street Warehouse, London Dock, E1W 2BD
Closest DLR and Overground station Shadwell, closest underground station Tower Hill.
ABOUT THE PRIZE:
The East London Painting Prize was launched in May 2014 to honour the life and work of painter and philanthropist Jack Goldhill. It was created by The Legacy List, the charity of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Bow Arts, with kind support from the Goldhill Family and the Zabludowicz Collection.
The selection panel who chose the shortlist are: artist and painter Phoebe Unwin (Wilkinson); editor of Art Review, Oliver Basciano; Director of the Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson; founder of Launchpad, Sarah Elson (Contemporary Art Society and Bow Arts Trustee); winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood, representative of the Goldhill Family, Michael Goldhill and Claire Gevaux, Creative Director of The Legacy List.
The winner of the East London Painting Prize 2015 will be selected from the shortlisted artists and announced on Wednesday 13 May, receiving a £10,000 prize and solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in the autumn.
Read a blog by one of the judges Oliver Basciano, editor of ArtReview here
For ELPP press releases click here
Download the exhibition flyer here
Want to know more? Check out the video below about East London Painting Prize's innaugural year. Film by i say RAAR.