We are very pleased to announce that the four artists short listed for the fifth annual Northern Art Prize are Liadin Cooke, Leo Fitzmaurice, James Hugonin and Richard Rigg, selected for the quality and creativity of their work at this point in their careers.
The judges – Caroline Douglas, Head of the Arts Council Collection; Tim Marlow, Writer, Broadcaster, Art Historian and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube; Simon Starling, Turner Prize winning artist; Simon Wallis, Director at The Hepworth Wakefield and chair Sarah Brown, Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery commented:
“It is an important feature of the Northern Art Prize that there is no age limit on the artists nominated, and the generational span of this year’s shortlisted artists was very broad. The short-listing process was an important reminder to us that artists produce some of their most interesting work at very different points in their careers and we were impressed to see that the North is a strong site of artistic production.”
Next we begin the enjoyable job of visiting the artists in their studios, with curator Sarah Brown starting conversations about what works will be shown in the exhibition.
The winner, to be announced on 19 January 2012 at Leeds Art Gallery, will receive a cheque for £16,500 while the remaining three artists on the short list each will receive £1,500.