Liverpool Art Prize 2008 – Full Details


After many months of preparation we are delighted to announce that
artinliverpool presents
The Liverpool Art Prize 2008

The inaugural exhibition for a new annual art award, launching during Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year.
Venue: Contemporary Urban Centre, 41-51 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BS
Exhibition Dates: February 29th – April 10th 2008 (PV: February 28th, 6 pm – 8 pm)
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm. Free Entry
Awards Ceremony: Sunday March 9th, 2pm – 5pm

Mary Fitzpatrick, Gareth Kemp, Jayne Lawless, Emma Rodgers, The Singh Twins, Imogen Stidworthy.

In brief
The Liverpool Art Prize is a new annual exhibition and award for fine artists based in the Liverpool area. This inaugural year’s event will be housed in a Grade II listed converted warehouse in the city’s ‘Independent Arts Quarter’, and will form an important addition to the calendar of events taking place during Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008.

The prize is organised by artinliverpool, who issued a public call for nominations last year.
From over 400 submissions, a panel of judges have selected a short-list of six artists to be put forward for this year’s prize. The artists are all mid-career professionals who are currently establishing themselves on an international level. They are working in extremely diverse practices – from surround-sound installations, to Indian miniature painting – and have made significant achievements in the past few years.

In spring 2008, key works by the short-listed artists will be displayed for 6 weeks in a dedicated exhibition in Liverpool city centre. The venue is a 7,180 sq ft gallery space within the NOVAS Scarman Group’s prestigious new Contemporary Urban Centre North West. The Liverpool Art Prize will be the first event to take place in this important new development.

From the short-list, 2 prizes will be given:
The People’s Choice prize of £500 (Sponsored by Arthur Diamond Design) will be awarded from votes cast by the public, and will provide an opportunity for visitors to the exhibition to express their preference.
The main prize, a cash sum of £2,000 (Lead Sponsor – Duncan Sheard Glass, Chartered Accountants), will be awarded to the over-all winner by a panel of judges.

The announcement of the prizes will be made during an awards ceremony held on Sunday March 9th. This will coincide with international ‘Thank You Art’ day.

The exhibition and prizes will acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the artists and their contribution to contemporary art within Liverpool, as well as further afield. It aims to promote national awareness and discussion of contemporary art in the city and to support individual artists in developing their practices.

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