The Marmite Prize for Painting Announces 2013 Shortlist

The Marmite Prize for Painting have announced the 32 artists selected for this painting prize. The selection was made from almost 850 entries.
Amelia Barratt Julian Brown Simon Carter Brian Cheeswright Jules Clarke Ben Deakin Marie d’Elbee Damien Flood Yifat Gat Alex Hanna Hyojun Hyun Phil Illingworth Silvie Jacobi Christopher Jones Matthew Krishanu Jana van Meerveld James Metsoja Paul Newman Tom Palin Alison Pilkington Playpaint Clare Price Dan Roach Greg Rook Andrew Seto Sabrina Shah Blake Shirley John Stark Mathew Tom Virginia Verran Charles Williams Eleni Zagkali

The works for exhibition were shortlisted by a representative from each of the galleries on the exhibition tour: Marie Holland, Central Art Gallery; Jenny Brownrigg, Mackintosh Museum; Benet Spencer, Ruskin Gallery; Hannah Jones, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art; and Andrew Bick, Tannery Arts; along with the Marmite Prize curators, Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran. The selection process is made entirely anonymously from j-pegs. The judges, who are all very highly respected painters, Marta Marce, Dawn Mellor, Tim Stoner and 2010 Marmite Prize winner Iain Andrews will select a winner and two runners up from the shortlisted works when the show reaches London in June 2013. The winner will receive a specially commissioned marmite sculpture made and very kindly donated by Richard Wentworth. The runners up will both receive a pat on the back. There will also be a visitors’ choice award to be announced at the close of the exhibition tour.

The exhibition will open at Central Art Gallery in Tameside from 14th December 2012 – 16th February 2013 and will then tour to the Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, 1st March – 6th April 2013, the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, 11th April – 10th May 2013, and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, 20th May – 14th June 2013, before coming to Tannery Arts @ DRAWING ROOM, London 27th June – 20th July 2013, where the winners will be announced.

“The Marmite Prize (no relation to the yeast based spread) was launched in 2006, and has gone on to establish itself as an unconventional art prize – one that does not adhere to the zeitgeist or specific disciplines, encouraging everything from landscape paintings and sculptural portraits, abstracts and still lifes to be submitted.

“Every year the Marmite Prize gains more entries and more attention. Last year’s winner Iain Andrews, was featured on the cover of a-n Magazine. What’s so special about this painting competition is that it is open to everyone. We have established artists alongside emerging talent. Today’s prizewinners really are the future stars of the art world.” – Stephanie Moran, Marmite Prize Curator.

The Marmite Prize for Painting is a non-profit independent project established in 2006 by painters Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran, it is run by painters for painters.

Every year the Marmite Prize is dedicated to a very good artist. This dedication influences the hang of the works. This year the dedicatee is former artist collective BANK.

The Marmite Prize for painting was first held at the Residence Gallery in Hackney in 2006, dedicated to Georg Baselitz all the works were exhibited upside down. The 2008 exhibition, held at studio1.1 in Shoreditch had an along the ceiling hang dedicated to Oliver Kossack. The 2010 prize, dedicated to Ida Appelbroog saw much of the work exhibited on free standing wooden structures, allowing the viewer to see both sides of the paintings.

The project aims to question the validity of art prizes that evaluate creative activity with the intention of assigning a monetary value to the ‘winning’ artwork. As an alternative to a cash prize, the winning painter takes away the marmite, an artist-made vessel, which is awarded by the judges in recognition of artistic excellence.

The Marmite Prize for Painting is in no way associated with a tasty yeast based food product called ‘Marmite’.

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