Art Prize 2016-2017

Red Saunders, Dutch Kitchen Still Life with Flowers, Giclee print on Hahnmuele paper

Red Saunders, Dutch Kitchen Still Life with Flowers, Giclee print on Hahnmuele paper

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize this autumn with an official call for artists on 4 October 2016. The Young Masters Art Prize 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.

We will celebrate the launch with an exhibition that will bring together work by previous Young Masters artists that will take place at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in London from 2 to 8 October, during Frieze week 2016.

Artists working in any medium and from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for both prizes 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 winners of the 2017 edition will be invited to exhibit their work worldwide as part of the Young Masters International Tour in 2017-2018.

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 St. James’s, London.

A judging panel including art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair), Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith, art market columnist for the Financial Times and Editor at Large for The Art Newspaper, Melanie Gerlis, writer and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild, Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Jean Wainwright, and previous curator of Young Masters Art Prize LLP Daisy McMullan will award three prizes: an overall prize of £2,000. Two highly commended prizes of £500 each will be presented 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.

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