2010 Emerging Artists Award
Converse and Dazed and Confused announced the launch of Converse / Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award, a major new art competition to kick off a global creative movement in 2010. It offered an exciting platform to emerging artists, as well as a first prize of £6,000 and an exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, one of London’s leading contemporary art galleries.
The competition was open to all UK-based artists under the age of 35 that were not represented by a gallery in the UK and were not students at University or art school. Artists where invited to submit their most innovative and interesting work for the judges’ consideration.
There where no limitations on discipline. Video, sculpture, performance and sound entries where all welcome which resulted in a very diverse body of work.
Peter Ainsworth turned out to be the best artist, and took home the award. Francesca Gavin, Dazed’s visual arts editor, said: “Peter’s work stood out to the judging panel for his ability to transform a deeply personal and near autobiographical experience into an abstract idea for the audience to engage with. His use of photography to document his objects lends an air of authenticity to the work and is an exciting use of the medium”.
Peter’s work was exhibited at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London during the summer alongside the work of the other four shortlisted contestants.
The award was be paneled by esteemed artists, presenters and fashion insiders including Tim Marlow, Sadie Coles, Isobel Harbison, Francesca Gavin, Mark Titchner and Tom Morton. From all the entrants, they shortlisted five: Steve Bishop, Laura Buckley , Francesca Anfossi ,Peter Ainsworth and Jess Flood-Paddock.