Created by The Legacy List and Bow Arts, the East London Painting Prize offers artists living and working in east London the chance to win a £10,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition in an east London gallery.The shortlist meanwhile, will take part in a group exhibition in a unique east London venue, showcasing the best of contemporary painting to come from this creative hub.
Supported by the Zabludowicz Collection and the Goldhill Family, the prize honours the life and work of painter and philanthropist, Jack Goldhill. It is intended to celebrate the talent and diversity of artists living and working in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge, inviting artists of all ages.
The winner will be selected by a panel including artist and painter Phoebe Unwin (Wilkinson); editor of ArtReview, Oliver Basciano; Director at the Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson; founder of Launchpad, Sarah Elson (Contemporary Art Society & Bow Arts Trustee); winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood, and representative of the Goldhill Family, Michael Goldhill.
The prize was developed to nurture and support artistic talent in the boroughs neighbouring Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Although east London has long been associated with creativity, the prize intends to firmly cement east London as the capital for culture and showcase its talent to a wider audience.
It’s said that it’s never been harder to be an artist in London than it is now, and A-n (the artist newsletter) say that prizes and awards are vital to the careers of 80% of artists, and so Michael Goldhill states that his family “are delighted to be supporting the next generation of contemporary artists from east London to develop their craft. The standard of submissions for the inaugural prize last year was so impressive, our family is very proud to have my late father’s name associated with such artistic talent.”
Last year’s winner, Nathan Eastwood, held his solo show at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow in late 2014 and has said that: “Winning the East London Painting Prize has been a huge boost, I’ve been able to invest a much larger proportion of time in painting and producing new works which are larger in scale, it’s been an incredible opportunity.”
East London Painting Prize: offering local artists a life-changing opportunity, Bow Arts, is open for entries until 8 March.
For more information and to enter visit www.bowarts.org/elpp
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1. East London Painting Prize installation shot.