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Awards and prizes in the arts, whether providing support through financial assistance, studio space or exposure to a wider audience, are often critical to the development of artists’ careers. Over the past months, a number of significant art awards have been announced and presented to a host of emerging and established talent across London and elsewhere in the UK. Taking a closer look, Something Curated highlights five recent announcements.


Shortlist Announced: Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Athena Papadopoulos (via Emalin)

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery is a biannual award established in 2005. The aim of the Prize is to promote and support female artists based in the UK, enabling them to develop their potential with the gift of time and space. The winner is awarded a six month Italian residency tailored to fit the artist and their winning proposal for the Prize. The six shortlisted artists for the 7th edition of the prize are: Helen Cammock, Céline Condorelli, Eloise Hawser, Athena Papadopoulos, Lis Rhodes and Mandy El-Sayegh. The shortlisted names were revealed at the historical headquarters of Max Mara in Reggio Emilia, Italy on 15 October 2017. The winner will be announced in 2018.


Shortlist Announced: Griffin Art Prize 2017

Cristina Banban, The Barrio Jumble, 2016 (via Griffin Gallery)

Sexuality, endurance and the aesthetic of the post-digital age are various points of departure for the ten young artists shortlisted for 2017’s Griffin Art Prize. The short-list exhibition, running at Griffin Gallery from 2 November, is a popular and well-attended event that attracts collectors, critics, art world professionals and the general public. The Prize itself is a unique opportunity to explore materials and develop new work. This year’s shortlisted artists are: Oli Epp, Cristina Banban, Sooyoung Chung, Jade Fadojutimi, Jonathan Kelly, Anna Liber Lewis, Jinyong Park, Noor Qayyum, Maia Regis and Rania Schoretsaniti,


Freelands Award goes to Lis Rhodes & Nottingham Contemporary

Lis Rhodes (via Ann Arbor Art Center)

The second Freelands Award has been given to Nottingham Contemporary to present the largest-ever solo exhibition of the British artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes. The selected institution will be working with the Foundation to present a comprehensive survey of work from Rhodes, who has had a continued rich and diverse career spanning the past 40 years. Chaired by Elisabeth Murdoch, the selection panel this year comprised Martin Clark, the curator Teresa Gleadowe, Jenni Lomax and the artist Cornelia Parker. The total value of the award is £100,000, of which £25,000 is to be paid directly to the artist.


Dominic Dispirito selected for the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award 2017-18 

Dominic Dispirito (via The Slade School of Fine Art)

Since 1972, Acme has provided affordable studio space, residencies and awards to artists. This year, Dominic Dispirito has been selected for the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award by a panel including artist and selector Peter Liversidge. As part of the Acme Graduate Awards Programme, the award offers one final-year MA student from The Slade School of Fine Art a free studio for one year, a bursary, mentoring and the opportunity to work with a partner gallery towards an exhibition or public project.


Jerwood Drawing Prize  

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK; in 2017 works have been selected for inclusion by Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, artist. Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice. Exhibiting artists this year include: David Ainley, Elisa Alaluusua, Pam Aldridge, Becky Allen, Kate Aspinall, Adam Bainbridge, Andy Bannister, Stephen Carter, Ian Chamberlain, Lewis Chamberlain, Dean Claydon, Susannah Douglas, Dickon Drury, Sally Wood, and Andrea V Wright, among many more. The exhibition is now travelling to Norwich, opening on 14 November.


Feature image: Athena Papadopoulos (via Emalin)

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