The winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2015 was announced last night as 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.”
Zhu 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 her 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.
Exhibition continues until Saturday 30th May Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
11-6pm daily, Sundays noon-4pm
Read Eric Thorpe’s review of The Catlin Art Prize 2015: bit.ly/1zPyKZZ