The Catlin Art Prize 2015 / Read


Exhibition continues until Saturday 30th May
Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
11-6pm daily, Sundays noon-4pm



London, UK  – Art Catlin is delighted to announce that the winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2015 is Zhu Tian. Tian was awarded the £5,000 prize for a new body of work, a series of  installations that continue her interest in disrupting the everyday. 

The independent panel of judges – Aaron Cezar of Delfina Foundation, Charlotte Schepke of London art space Large Glass, and George Vasey curator of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art – commended the rest of the finalists for their commitment and the high quality of the work made for the competition.

On their selection of Zhu Tian as the overall winner, the judges commented:
"We all agreed that Tian’s presentation demonstrated particular poise and focus. She has made an impressive and coherent body of work, and organized and lit the space so as to create a compelling and unsettling journey for the viewer."

Tian’s sequence of installations, divided into two separate rooms and an adjacent corridor partitioned by a steel roller extend the themes of power, interpersonal relationships and unease embedded in much of Zhu Tian's previous work.

The Chinese-born artist, 32, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2014 with an MA in Sculpture. She said:
"I’m thrilled to be the winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2015. It has been an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop my work with incredible support. I’d like to thank Justin Hammond and the whole Art Catlin team as well as my fellow finalists. Winning the prize will give me a chance to secure my studio and continue working on my next exhibition."

Visitors to the Catlin Art Prize exhibition selected their favourite artist as part of the Visitor Vote. Over 2,000 votes were cast via ballot boxes in the gallery. Paul Schneider, 28, a Royal Academy of Arts postgraduate, was named the winner of the Visitor Vote in an extremely close-run contest and takes away the £2,000 prize.


Paul Schneider, Bending the Rules, 2015

The exhibition remains open to the public until 6pm on Saturday May 30th at the Londonewcastle Project Space, London. The Catlin Art Prize, curated by Justin Hammond, provides a platform for the most promising art graduates in the UK. Participating artists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015, a nationwide survey of recent art school graduates, now widely recognised as the essential reference for collectors of emerging artists.

This year’s finalists are: Jon Baker (Chelsea College of Arts), Felicity Hammond (Royal College of Art), Oliver Hickmet (City & Guilds of London Art School), Nicholas William 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).

As title sponsors of the Catlin Art Prize, XL 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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Editors Notes
1) The Catlin Art Prize. Now in its ninth year, the Catlin Art Prize is an annual event showcasing the most promising UK art school graduates one year on from their degree exhibitions. The Prize is unique in providing the artists with the time and opportunity to develop their practice, encouraging them to demonstrate their progress by producing a new body of work for exhibition. The selected artists are taken from The Catlin Guide and are considered to be producing work of an outstanding quality that demonstrates their capacity to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade

2) 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.

3) The curator of the Catlin Art Prize and author of The Catlin Guide is Justin Hammond.

4) XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies, which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit

5) 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.


The Guide / Read

The Catlin Guide is an elegant, limited edition collection of artist profiles, introducing the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK. Printed annually, each edition exhibits the artists’ latest work and details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for the coming year.

The Catlin Guide 2015 launched at The London Art Fair on 21 January 2015, alongside work by many of the featured artists. The artists are selected for their work shown in the most recent series of BA, MA, MFA and PG Dip final exhibitions where they demonstrate ambition, skill and integrity. The Catlin Guide is distributed throughout the art industry and has developed an excellent reputation as an accurate and exciting overview of new British art. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high profile shows.

The print run remains strictly limited, and we anticipate many collectors rushing to secure a copy at launch. However, the Guide will be available to purchase from Amazon, Culture Label, Waterstones, Blackwell's and selected art bookshops.

Download a Catlin Guide


The Prize / Read

The Catlin Art Prize gives talented young artists who have recently graduated from UK art schools the opportunity to showcase their work professionally and win a significant monetary award towards their future development.

From the Guide, a small number of artists are selected as finalists for the Prize and are invited to demonstrate their progress by presenting a new body of work at the Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held 12 months on from graduation. Finalist selection is based on the standard of their work and their potential to make a significant mark in the art world over the course of their early careers.

From the 2014 Guide seven artists were selected as finalists and exhibited their new work at the Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held May 2014.

During the 2014 exhibition an independent panel of judges including Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger selected Neil Raitt as the winner who will receive the £5,000 prize. A visitor vote is also held, allowing the general public to vote for their favourite artist via the website and at the exhibition. The winner of the 2014 visitor vote was Lara Morrell who received £2,000.


The Artists / Read

Each year in the Catlin Guide we introduce the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK that show significant potential. From this a small number that show potential to make a significant mark in the art world are selected to present a new body of work at the Catlin Art Prize. Find out about all those artists here.

2015 Artists selected for the Catlin Art Prize


Insuring Art / Read

Catlin's relationship with art can be traced back over two decades. Today, our Fine Art and Specie team insures some of the most important galleries, art collections and dealers in the UK and worldwide. One of the most important aspects of our work is building strong relationships with clients so that we are effectively working together as a team to protect livelihoods and sometimes priceless assets.

We really do care about art. Our underwriting and claims teams are immersed in the art world; they understand the value of each piece to its artist and owner on an emotional level as well as on a market level.

We seek to insure art because we know how devastating a loss can be, whether through theft, fire, flood or accidental damage. Our ambition is to ensure that works of art live on to be enjoyed by future generations.

One way we can help to protect and promote the art industry in the UK is to support the next generation of emerging artists. It’s possible that some of the works featured in The Catlin Guide and created for the Catlin Art Prize could be part of the collections we insure in the future.

The Catlin Specie team have prepared a guide that explains the coverage that is provided by specialist Fine Art Insurance policies, the most common causes of loss relating to Fine Art and what happens when a claim is reported. Read the guide 'Precious Things'.

Contact Charlotte Wilson, Class Underwriter at Catlin, to find out how we can help you.

Catlin’s art collection

Catlin Group Limited has a growing art collection, most of which is displayed in and around our London office. In many cases we have purchased pieces that were the subject of a claim and have slight damage, with the purpose of allowing those works to be enjoyed by our own staff and visitors to Catlin.