Converse/Dazed 2012 Emerging Artists Award


May, 2012

The search is on again for Emerging Artists to enter to win this years award.

Following on from last year’s successful awards programme, Converse and Dazed are teaming up once again with the Whitechapel Gallery for the third Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award. The aim of this now well-established award is to discover and celebrate four of the UK’s most promising future art-stars.

Rather than looking to find artwork that already fits into the typical white-wall gallery style, we’re looking for work that challenges perceptions, that’s inspiring and honest, that truly strikes a chord. The panel – six judges selected from across the UK’s prestigious art community – are primarily looking for originality across all artistic mediums. The award is open to any unrepresented artist under 35 who is not in full-time education. Work is accepted in any form – everything from painting, sculpture and photography to video, performance, installation, digital and sound work. There is no theme and no agenda. This is your opportunity to stand up and show the contemporary art world why what you do is both different and important. We want something fresh, something new, something with absolute authenticity.

For the 2011 Award, the prize threw up a number of great talents that were then meticulously whittled down to a shortlist of just five names by the judging panel, which consisted of Whitechapel Gallery curator Kirsty Ogg, Dazed & Confused Visual Arts Editor Francesca Gavin, artist Eva Rothschild, curator Paul Pieroni and gallerists Sadie Coles and Darren Flook.

The selection process resulted in a diverse shortlist of photographer and installation artist Gabriele Beveridge, intervention-based artist Ellie Harrison, sculptor Bruce Ingram, digital duo Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski and avant-garde artist Richard Parry. Each was then given the opportunity to exhibit at a site-specific pop-up space just off Brick Lane, within a short walk of the Whitechapel Gallery.

The overall prize was awarded to Richard Parry, who took home £6,000 for his involved and detailed work, which incorporates elements from paintings, sculpture, photography, installation and intervention. Originality, process and innovation are what led Parry’s work to stand out, and what the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award is all about.

Once again for 2012, Dazed has selected a highly regarded and relevant panel of judges culled from the UK’s contemporary art scene. Their differing creative backgrounds and contrasting perspectives and views are what makes the Emerging Artists Award one of the most compelling prizes today. Joining the panel this year are art critic Nancy Durrant of The Times; the pivotal and influential British artist, Jeremy Deller; James Early and Yuri Pattison of cutting-edge Peckham-based art-collective LuckyPDF; and Magnus Edensvard, the director of London gallery IBID PROJECTS. Returning for their third year running are Whitechapel Gallery curator Kirsty Ogg and Dazed’s very own visual arts editor, curator/author Francesca Gavin.

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  • aimie i would like to make my all stars but dont no how to plz help me Tue Jan 29, 2013
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