The HIX Award is our most popular and my favourite show. Being an art lover and collector myself, the award gives me the opportunity to discover what’s coming next to London’s art scene.’- Mark Hix
Founded in 2013 by the restaurateur Mark Hix and Rebecca Lidert, the award aims to help young artists take their first steps into the art world. Past winners have included Felix Treadwell, Nicholas Permain, and Ally McIntyre. Its 30-strong judging panel is chaired this year by the YBA artist Gavin Turk. Other members include the head of Royal Academy Schools Eliza Bonham Carter, the collector Anita Zabludowicz, GQ editor Dylan Jones, and entrepreneur Liz Murdoch.
The CNB Gallery has now announced the shortlist for this year’s 2016 HIX Award, the nationally acclaimed competition for art students and recent graduates. The winner of the award will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on Monday, September 5th, and an exhibition featuring work by all the shortlisted artists will be held at the Unit London gallery from Thursday, August 25th until Friday, September 9th.
This year’s winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize; a £1,000 voucher for art materials from CASS Art Supplies; £1,000 HIX dining vouchers; a trip to HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis and a feature in the autumn issue of HIX magazine.
Rebecca Lidert says, ‘Throughout the past four years the HIX Award has supported many emerging artists and gallerists in their first steps in to the art world. For many artists the HIX Award is their first exposure to the art world and through their involvement in the award we have seen both gallerists and artists go on to achieve some amazing things. With momentum building and the quality of work getting more impressive each year, we are excited to announce 2016’s shortlisted!’
The shortlisted artists are: Alex Roberts, Alexandria Frances Clow, Alice Chandler, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Claudia Cole, David Jaramillo Klinkert, Emily Carrington Freeman, Gareth Bunting, Genevieve Slater, Helen J Young, Hun Kyu Kim (Jake the Dog), Jaeyeon Yoo, Joshua Raz, Karen Esther Doyle, Keun Wook Ji, Kyung Hwa Shon, Sophie Shickle, MC Llamas, Gili Lavy and Rui Fan Wang.
CNB Gallery was established by the restaurateur and author Mark Hix in 2012. It is located in the basement of Tramshed on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London, and is run by Director Rebecca Lidert. It stages up to eight exhibitions annually, and its curatorial programme embraces a wide range of artists, from the established to the undiscovered.
Founded in 2013 by two young artists, Unit London was born from a desire to break down the barriers of elitism and to include people in the contemporary art world – whether they be enthusiasts, first-timers, new collectors, or seasoned collectors and institutions – Unit London strongly believes that everybody should be able to enjoy the
Unit London, 147-149 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WD 25th August— 9th September 2016
Top Photo: Jaeyeon Yoo, Birthday Party, 2013, oil on canvas Middle Photo M. C. Llamas Split Skull 2016 Aquatint and drypoint etching in paper