artinliverpool.com is pleased to announce that Imogen Stidworthy is the overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2008.
The People’s Choice prize has been won by the Singh Twins after over 440 votes from the general public were counted.
The prizes were presented by Paul Hyland of DSG and Arthur Diamond at a special awards ceremony at the Contemporary Urban Centre where the exhibition will continue until May 7 2008
Stidworthy’s focus is on aspects of communication. She looks at how language occupies public and private spaces, and uses it as a sculptural material to explore relationships between body, voice and subject.
She is interested in how meaning is produced between people; often focusing on situations where something has disturbed the connection between a thought and a word.
For the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, she is exhibiting Get Here, and 7AM – both surround sound installations. Stidworthy has taken part in numerous international exhibitions including Documenta 12 (2007), Thessaloniki Biennale (2007), and Shanghai Biennale (2006). In 2004, she was short-listed for Beck’s Futures in London. Stidworthy is also an Advising Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.
The Singh Twins’ award winning works are recognized for pioneering the development of the Indian miniature within contemporary art practice and for establishing a unique ‘Past Modern’ genre within British Contemporary art. Internationally acclaimed, they explore serious issues of social, political and cultural debate within a richly symbolic, narrative, decorative and witty style that challenges Eurocentric stereotyping within contemporary art and the perceived divide between east and west, tradition and modernity. They were appointed official artists for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and are currently producing an animation of one of two paintings recently commissioned for Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations.
The other short-listed artists are Gareth Kemp, Jayne Lawless, Emma Rodgers and Mary Fitzpatrick.
Exhibition runs until May 7 2008