Featuring artists Lewis Deeney, Charlotte Guérard, Michael Hanrahan, Georgina Harris, Fischer Mustin, Stuart Rayner, Jack Whitelock, Anna Woodward.
The inaugural Freelands Painting Prize exhibition features works by students graduating from Fine Art courses at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee; University of Brighton; Lancaster University; Plymouth College of Art; Manchester Metropolitan University; University for the Creative Arts Canterbury; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; and City & Guilds of London Art School.
The eight paintings, one from each artist, were selected from an open call that invited every higher education art department in the UK to propose a student working with painting for consideration. The judging panel were Liz Gilmore, Director of Hastings Contemporary; Elisabeth Murdoch, Founder and Chair of Freelands Foundation; Ben Street, art historian and writer; and Clare Woods, painter. They reviewed the submissions anonymously and selected works by Lewis Deeney, Charlotte Guérard, Georgina Harris, Michael Hanrahan, Fischer Mustin, Stuart Rayner, Jack Whitelock and Anna Woodward.
Henry Ward, the Creative Director, said of the prize: “We launched the Freelands Painting Prize as a way of investigating and celebrating the breadth and strength of undergraduate painting, and the teaching of painting, in art schools across the UK. It has proven to be an incredible experience in the inaugural year and the resulting exhibition is a testament that painting is alive and well. We’re thrilled to be hosting a show of these eight, diverse, exciting young painters at the very beginning of their artistic careers.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication including an essay by one of the selectors, Ben Street.
An online opening event was held on Wednesday 30 September. Henry Ward introduced the prize, followed by a panel discussion about the works in the exhibition. Speakers included Pip Dickens, Lancaster University and Magnus Quaife, Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside exhibiting artists Lewes Deeney, Charlotte Guérard, Georgina Harris and Jack Whitelock. The conversation concluded with an audience Q&A.
The exhibition will run until 8 November 2020 at 113 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8UR
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