The Catlin Art Prize 2015 / Read


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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Editors Notes

  1. 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. 
  2. The curator of the Catlin Art Prize and author of The Catlin Guide is Justin Hammond.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.