The South Bank Sky Arts Award (originally The South Bank Show Award) has announced the three shortlisted visual artists for the 2018 award. Mat Collishaw has been nominated for Thresholds, Somerset House, Paula Rego – The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories, Jerwood Gallery and Rose Wylie – Quack Quack, Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
The accolade recognises British achievements in the arts. The awards have been given annually since 1996. They originated with the long-running British arts programme The South Bank Show. The last South Bank Show Awards ceremony to be broadcast by ITV was in January 2010. After the network had announced that The South Bank Show would be cancelled at the end of the 2009 season, the award ceremony continued to be broadcast by Sky Arts and was eventually renamed the South Bank Sky Arts Award. Sky Arts revived The South Bank Show itself in 2012.
Now in its 22nd year, the annual awards ceremony will take place at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday 1 July 2018, hosted by Melvyn Bragg and celebrating the wide range of creative talent Britain has to offer, from Stormzy to Paddington 2. It will also be broadcast on Sky.
Past winners include:
2015: Paul Cummins for Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red2014: Katie Paterson for Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2013: Thomas Heatherwick for the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron
2012: Grayson Perry for The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, British Museum
2011: Tacita Dean for the Craneway Event, Frith Street Gallery
2010: Anish Kapoor for his retrospective exhibition, Royal Academy
2009: Peter Doig for his work at Tate Britain
2008: Andy Goldsworthy at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2007: Gilbert & George for Sonofagod Pictures for Was Jesus Heterosexual?
2006: John Virtue for his London Paintings at The National Gallery
2005: Paula Rego for her In Focus exhibition at the Tate Britain
2004: Chris Ofili for his work at the Venice Biennale
2003: Anish Kapoor for Marsyas
2002: Frank Auerbach for his Retrospective at Royal Academy
1999: Anthony Gormley for the Angel of the North
Top Photo: Rose Wylie – Quack Quack, Serpentine Sackler Gallery P C Robinson © Artlyst 2018