The fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize will launch in Autumn 2016.  the Young Masters Art Prize, a not-for-profit initiative founded in 2009 by Gallerist Cynthia Corbett, celebrates emerging and established contemporary artists who pay homage to the skill and innovation of the Old Masters and art of the past. In 2014, a second strand of the Prize was launched – the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize – to give a separate platform for ceramics and reflect the creativity, innovation and excellence of this artistic medium.

Artists working in any medium and from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for both prizes from from 4 October 2016 to 28 February 2017.  Applicants for the Ceramics Prize must also show exceptional command of the medium of ceramics and an awareness of the heritage of ceramic craft.

The Young Masters shortlist will be announced in April 2017 and the winners will be announced at the end of June 2017 during the prize exhibition in London. A judging panel including art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair), Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith and critic Jean Wainwright will award three prizes: an overall prize of £2,000 and two highly commended prizes of £500 each will be awarded courtesy of the Artist Collecting Society (ACS). A new ‘Be Smart About Art’ award of £500 will be inaugurated with this edition of the prize. The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize will be judged by a panel comprising the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells; Janice Blackburn, Curator of Contemporary Arts and Crafts at Sotheby’s; ceramics patron Maylis Grand and collector Preston Fitzgerald. A main Ceramics Prize of £1,500 and a Highly Commended Prize of £500 will be awarded.

The Young Masters Art Prize is a not-for-profit initiative founded in 2009 by Gallerist Cynthia Corbett that gives a platform to both emerging and established artists who show exceptional skill and artistic integrity whilst working in dialogue with the Old Masters and the history of art. Since its launch, the Prize has quickly established itself as a significant international project and has attracted critical and public acclaim. It has also developed a strong international profile through its curatorial touring programme. The winners of the 2017 edition will be invited to exhibit their work worldwide as part of the Young Masters International Tour in 2017-2018.

Applications are invited from 4 October 2016 to 28 February 2017.

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For more information please contact:

Fredrika Olausson

Curator, Young Masters Art Prize


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