PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 2015
The Catlin Art Prize, 8th-30th May 2015
Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
Preview: Thursday 7th May 6-9pm
Press Preview: Thursday 7th May 11-2pm
London, UK – The shortlist for the Catlin Art Prize 2015 has been announced today. Now in its ninth year, the Catlin Art Prize is a curated exhibition featuring artists selected from The Catlin Guide 2015. Taking place between the 8th and the 30th of May 2015, this exhibition is now firmly established as a vital showcase for new work made during the crucial first year after art school.
The 2015 Catlin Art Prize finalists are: Jon Baker (Chelsea College of Arts), Felicity Hammond (Royal College of Art), Oliver Hickmet (City & Guilds of London Art School), Nicholas Johnson (Royal College of Art), Paul Schneider (Royal Academy of Arts), Lexi Strauss (Royal College of Art), Dominic Watson (The Glasgow School of Art) and Zhu Tian (Royal College of Art).
Finalists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their potential to make a significant mark on the art world in the next decade. Shortlisted artists receive mentoring and generous production assistance to encourage ambitious new projects for the exhibition.
The Catlin Art Prize is unique in implementing this framework. It is this support and the high production values of the exhibition that distinguish the Catlin Art Prize from other survey shows and prizes.
A panel of judges will award one artist with a prize of £5,000 at a private ceremony on Wednesday 13th May. The public will also have their say, with the winner of the Visitor Vote awarded £2,000. Votes will be cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space.
Exhibition: The Catlin Art Prize 2015
Preview: 7th May 6-9pm
Dates: 8th-30th May
Opening Times: 11-6pm daily, Sundays noon-4pm
Venue: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
Many previous Catlin Art Prize finalists are building successful careers nationally and internationally.
The 2014 prize-winner, painter Neil Raitt, has gone on to complete a successful residency and solo exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. He is currently preparing for a solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based gallery Anat Ebgi.
Sculptor Virgile Ittah, also a 2014 finalist, was awarded the Royal British Society for Sculptors Bursary in the same year. Her installation for the Catlin Art Prize – two wax figures and pair of cast iron beds (Echoue au seuil de la Raison) – was acquired by collector Charles Saatchi and will be featured in the Saatchi Gallery’s Autumn 2015 show, A Woman’s Hand.
As title sponsors of the Catlin Art Prize, Catlin – one of the world’s leading insurers of fine art – continues to help realise the ambitions of promising new artists.
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- The Catlin Guide is an introduction to the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK, recommended by a wide survey of curators, art writers, collectors, gallerists and course tutors. Each individual profile features a Q&A interview about future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for 2015.
- The curator of the Catlin Art Prize and author of The Catlin Guide is Justin Hammond.
- Catlin Group Limited is an international specialist property/casualty insurer and reinsurer and a leading underwriter of art insurance, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Catlin underwrites fine art insurance for a wide variety of clients including museums, dealers, exhibitions and private collections. Catlin has dedicated fine art underwriters based in London, New York, Sydney and Singapore. Catlin works in parallel with its policyholders and their insurance brokers to develop imaginative and effective risk management solutions. By doing so, Catlin underwriters help their clients realise their ambitions.
Catlin operates the largest syndicate at Lloyd's of London, based on premium volume, as well as Catlin UK, a leading underwriting of commercial insurance in the UK. www.catlin.com
- Londonewcastle Project Space is a gallery and exhibition space in Shoreditch created by property brand Londonewcastle as a platform for creatives and artists to display their work and further their practice. The gallery is donated to users who might not otherwise have the opportunity to show their work and forms part of the ongoing local cultural discourse. www.londonewcastle.co.uk