The Elephant x Griffin Art Prize 2018 has been awarded to Ramona Zoladek. The winner was announced this evening at the gala opening of the Elephant x Griffin Art Prize show at the innovative new project space, Elephant West. The 11 short-listed artists for the prize will take over the Elephant West space from 8th December 2018 through to the 13th January 2019. Ramona was born in Poland and graduated from Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University in 2014. Ramona was awarded the prestigious Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize in 2014, giving her financial support and use of a studio at Baltic 39 in Newcastle for a full year.
” works by Ramona Zoladek, Elephant x Griffin Art Prize 2018”
The Prize was announced via video link by the renowned multi-media artist Shezad Dawood who was also a judge for the Prize, along with Colart and Lindéngruppen owner, Jenny Lindén Urnes, Elephant Creative Director, Robert Shore and Elephant West, Head Curator, Becca Pelly-Fry. The jury praised all 11 short-listed artists for their ingenuity, commitment and engagement with materials. They awarded the prize to Romana Zoladek for her conceptual confidence, compelling material fragility and total control in execution.
The 11 short-listed artists include: Naomi Avsec, Gabriela Giroletti, Ana Clara Goncalves Dias, Felicity Hammond, Realf Heygate, Catherine Howell, Kyung Hwa Shon, Gwenllian Spink, Louisa Stylianidi, Marianne Thoermer, and Ramona Zoladek.
The Elephant x Griffin Art Prize is the UK’s premier art prize for recent graduates across a multitude of disciplines and identifies today’s outstanding and emerging talent. The winning artist will be offered a unique platform from which to build their career, with their work reaching new audiences across all of Elephant’s channels – print, on-line and the new Elephant West space in West London. In addition, they will be provided with a £10,000 investment including £5000 cash stipend, £2000 towards studio rent and a further £3000 in fine art materials. The winner also receives professional advice and mentoring from the Elephant team.
A collaborative installation by Anna Liber Lewis, the winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2017, along with musician and solo artist Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet, will follow the Elephant x Griffin Art Prize and run from the 19 January to mid-March 2019 at Elephant West.