Threadneedle Prize

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The Columbia Threadneedle Prize (formerly The Threadneedle Prize) is a major art prize, which showcases contemporary figurative art. It was launched by the Mall Galleries in 2008.[1] The prize is open to any artist, eighteen or over, who is living or working in the UK or Continental Europe.

Background[edit]

The Threadneedle Prize was launched in 2008 to support the popular interest in figurative art. It was organised by the Federation of British Artists and offered a prize of £25,000.[1] The new competition coincided with a move by the rival Turner Prize away from painting and sculpture and, in some eyes, becoming "trivial and dull".[1] Art critic Brian Sewell welcomed the new prize, though complained that the majority of entries were disappointing, concluding that the "new prize is capable of achieving a greater good than any other, but it must, without becoming quite as predictable as the Turner Prize... achieve next year a far higher level of distinction."[2]

In 2009 almost half of the 80 final exhibits at the Mall Galleries were portrait paintings, in a wide variety of styles.[1]

By 2013 the number of exhibits had increased to 111, chosen from over 3,500 entries.[3]

Prizes[edit]

In the first year of the competition there was a single prize of £25,000. In 2010 the Visitors’ Choice Prize, worth £10,000, was introduced.[4] The two major prizes available are the Threadneedle Prize and the Visitor’ Choice Prize. In 2012 the Threadneedle Prize was increased from £25,000 to £30,000 making it the largest prize for single work of art in the UK. For the Threadneedle Prize, a panel of selectors shortlist six works and then choose the winner of the £30,000 prize. Two finalists for the Visitors' Choice Prize are awarded £500. Each of the five finalists for the Threadneedle Prize receives £1,000. In 2013 there are eight prizes totalling £46,000.

Selectors have included artists, critics and curators Peter Randall-Page, Ed Vaizey, Michael Sandle, Jock McFadyen, Daphne Todd, Richard Cork and Desmond Shawe-Taylor.

In 2016, the £20,000 winner - Salt in Tea by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner - was also named the winner of the £10,000 Visitors' Choice Award.

Following the 2016 exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, selected works from the Prize toured to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

Prize winners[edit]

2016

Winner - Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Salt in Tea[5]
Visitors' Choice - Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Salt in Tea

2014

Winner - Tina Jenkins, Bed Head[6]
Visitors' Choice - Ben Johnson, Room of the Revolutionary

2013

Joint winner - Clare McCormack, Dead Labour/Dead Labourer [3]
Joint winner - Lisa Wright, The Guilty's Gaze on the Innocent [3]
Visitors' Choice - Conrad Engelhardt, Aung San Suu Kyi [7]

2012

Winner - Ben Greener, My Feet [8]
Visitors' Choice - Robert Truscott, Defeat [8]

2011

Winner - Henrietta Simson, Bad Government [9]
Visitors' Choice - Nicholas McLeod, Drained [9]

2010

Winner - Patricia Cain, Building the Riverside Museum [10]
Visitors' Choice - Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans, Clee Hill 2009 [10]

2009

Winner - Sheila Wallis [4]
Emerging Artist Prize - Aishan Yu [11]

2008

Winner - Nina Murdoch, Untitled [12]
Selectors' Choice - Tim Shaw, Tank on Fire [12]

Selectors[edit]

2016

Emma Crichton-Miller, David Dawson, Dr Arturo Galansino, Dr Tim Knox

2014

John Martin, Kevin Francis Gray, Nancy Durrant, Whitney Hintz

2013

Tim Shaw, Barnaby Wright, Paul Benney, Laura Gascoigne

2012

Nicholas Usherwood, Peter Randall-Page, Christopher Riopelle

2011

Julie Lomax, Lisa Milroy, Godfrey Worsdale

2010

Dr Xavier Bray, David Rayson, Michael Sandle RA

2009

Jock McFadyen, Cathy Lomax, Michael Leonard, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Daphne Todd OBE, Nine Murdoch

2008

Richard Cork, Angela Flowers, Hew Locke, William Packer, Brian Sewell

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wullschlager, Jackie (4 September 2009). "The Threadneedle award at the Mall Galleries". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  2. ^ Sewell, Brian (12 September 2008). "Now for a real art prize". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  3. ^ a b c Lloyd, Kate (25 September 2013). "Mall Galleries host Threadneedle Prize 2013". Country Life. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  4. ^ a b "Seven artists vie for £25,000 Threadneedle Prize". BBC News. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  5. ^ "Press Release | Threadneedle Prize". columbiathreadneedleprize.com. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  6. ^ "The Threadneedle Prize". Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  7. ^ "2013 Threadneedle Prize Artworks". Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  8. ^ a b "Threadneedle Prize: Foot sculpture wins £30,000 prize". BBC News. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  9. ^ a b 2011, ThreadneedlePrize.com (archive). Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  10. ^ a b Brown, Mark (16 September 2010). "Threadneedle prize awarded for Clyde shipyard piece". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  11. ^ "Sheila Wallis Wins the 25,000 Pound Threadneedle Prize". Art Daily. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  12. ^ a b 2008, ThreadneedlePrize.com (archive). Retrieved 2013-10-16.

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