Catlin Art Prize 2012; Shortlist announced for exhibition of the most promising graduate talent in the UK

Hairy Eyeball, Adeline de Monseignat (c)ArtCatlin


Untitled, Ali Kazim (c)ArtCatlin

The Catlin Art Prize 2012, now in its 6th year, is an annual exhibition featuring the most promising art graduates in the UK one year on from their degree shows. This year’s exhibition will be held at the Londonewcastle Project Space, London, 3rd – 25th May 2012, and includes new work by artists who demonstrate real potential to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade. The prize is unique in providing artists with the time and opportunity to develop their practice.

Following the publication of the critically acclaimed Catlin Guide 2012, the shortlist of artists taking part in The Catlin Prize 2012 include: Gabriella Boyd, Poppy Bisdee, Jonny Briggs, Max Dovey, Ali Kazim, Adeline de Monseignat,, Soheila Sokhanvari and Julia Vogl. Working across painting, sculpture, performance and film, each reflects the diversity inherent to contemporary artistic practice, and signals a promising future for art in the UK.

Justin Hammond, Art Catlin curator, comments: The Catlin Art Prize provides a good indication of what’s going in art schools across the UK. Artists are resisting traditional categorisation and experimenting with a variety of media. New graduates like Max Dovey and Julia Vogl are impossible to pigeon-hole and I think that’s a good thing. Their work is democratic, promoting the idea of community and encouraging viewers to interact.

A panel of judges will award one artist with a prize of £5,000 at a private ceremony on 16th May. Previous judges include artists Polly Morgan and Toby Ziegler, critic and documentary filmmaker Ben Lewis, gallerist Simon Oldfield and collector Robert Devereux.

For the first time the general public will have the opportunity to take part in the Visitor Vote and pick their favourite artist in the exhibition. Votes can be cast via Twitter, Facebook and a ballot box at the venue. The winner of the Visitor Vote will be awarded £2000 on 16th May.

Many of the artists showcased in previous editions of The Catlin Art Prize and Guide have gone on to feature in major international exhibitions. Catlin Guide artists Joshua Bilton and Leah Capaldi recently showed as part of the ICA’s New Contemporaries. 2008 winner Alex Ball and 2010 finalist Adam Dix have both recently enjoyed sell-out shows (at the University of Arts and Haunch of Venison respectively) and 2009 winner Sarah Lederman has gone on to exhibit alongside Tracey Emin and Cecily Brown.

The Catlin Art Prize provides a significant level of support, and platform for visibility, to artists recently graduated from university. Catlin Art Prize 2012 Londonewcastle Project Space 28 Redchurch Street

1.) The Catlin Art Prize. Now entering its sixth year, the Catlin Art Prize is an annual event showcasing the most promising 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 to be exhibited in May. The selected artists are considered to be producing work of an outstanding quality which demonstrates their capacity to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade.

The curator of the Catlin Art Prize and editor of The Catlin Guide is independent curator and art writer Justin Hammond.

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