It is now only 2 weeks until this year’s Liverpool Art Prize winner is announced, which will take place at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 June at Edge Hill Station, in which one finalist will walk away with the main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015.
Returning to the city for its 7th successive year, the exhibition opened on 9 May at Edge Hill Stationand is running until 21 June; presenting work of the 3 shortlisted finalists Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson.
Managed by Metal, the Art Prize celebrates and nurtures the creative talent of artists based or born in the Liverpool region and each of the finalists have created new work in response to being shortlisted for the prize.
Wirral based Brigitte Jurack’s sculptures and installations seek to trigger memories of being, in place and in time. For her entry she has prepared a new body of work named ‘The Explorers Are Gone for Tea’. In this work, her interest in orienteering, map reading, interpretation and re-evaluation will be played out.
Tabitha Jussa’s socio-political photographic work has captured match-day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Her recent large–scale compositions examine whether physical spaces and buildings define who we are. For the Liverpool Art Prize she presents us with three large-scale photographs of high profile, controversial examples of regeneration projects to highlight the triumphs, failures and short sightedness within society of the treatment of people and place.
The final entry, Jason Thompson’s paintings take inspiration from mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. Their repetitive patterns are made by copying, mirroring and echoing other parts. Structures are formed by this feedback process and it is as though the painting begins to paint itself, like a natural evolutionary process.
Each competing for the coveted main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at theBluecoat in 2015, the winner is selected by a panel of expert judges – Pavel Büchler, a Czech-born, UK-based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool andSimon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator. Visitors will also get the chance to vote for their favourite piece resulting in a People’s Choice Award of £1000. There will be a special awards ceremony on 18 June announcing the winners.
Last year Tabitha Moses became the first artist to win both the People’s Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Galleryduring 2014.
Metal are also delighted to announce a fantastic opportunity for artists to win residency opportunities , the first being a yearlong studio residency at Metal’s Edge Hill Station open to any UK based artist. The second, a month-long residency to China in partnership with Shanghai Art School which is open to any North-West based artist. The closing date for both applications to be considered is 6 June and the lucky winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18th June. Application details are available on Metal’s website: www.metalculture.com