Russell Hill has won the Catlin Art Prize 2011. Hill was born in England in 1988 and is Living and working in London. He attended the Wimbledon College of Art 2007 – 2010 and has a BA in Fine Art, Sculpture. The prize now in its fifth year was awarded at The Tramshed, Shoreditch. The exhibition is at a new venue in the heart of Shoreditch, former winners and key artists from previous years are exhibiting alongside the fresh selection of recent graduates. Following publication of The Catlin Guide 2011, a comprehensive survey of the 40 most promising young artists from throughout the UK, Art Catlin is pleased to announce this year’s shortlist for The Catlin Art Prize: Leah Capaldi (Royal College of Art), Darren Harvey-Regan (Royal College of Art), Russell Hill (Wimbledon College of Art), Noemie Goudal (Royal College of Art) and Juliette Losq (Royal Academy Schools). Showing alongside the 2011 shortlist will be previous winners Brigitte Williams, Alex Ball, Sarah Lederman, and Reynir Hutber, as well as former participants such as Jasmina Cibic, Adam Dix and David A. Smith. The Catlin Guide and Catlin Art Prize have proven a significant springboard to success for many of these artists, with several exhibiting in high-profile shows throughout the UK.
This year, judges Julia Royse, consultant and curator, gallerist Simon Oldfield and collector Richard Greer chose Russell Hill, 22, as the winner for his installation Fabric Softeners. Art Catlin presented Russell with £5,000, an increased amount from last year’s prize – and a mark of Catlin’s continued support of the emergent arts.
“We had an excellent trio of judges this year – curator Julia Royse, gallerist Simon Oldfield and collector Richard Greer – I enjoyed listening to them deliberate over the winner and I think they’ve made an excellent choice. I know the money will prove hugely significant in aiding Russell’s development as an artist.” – Justin Hammond, curator of the Catlin Art Prize
“The Catlin Art Prize was an amazing opportunity, and I am endlessly grateful to Justin Hammond for his continued support. The prize provided me with the confidence to produce new work and to stand by my creative decisions within a very difficult and unsettling first year out of college. This has been validated by me winning the prize this year and the funds will secure my studio space for many months to come, even years! The show itself provided me with the chance to gain invaluable feedback on the new work, which as an artist, is possibly the most important thing, and for that, I am eternally grateful.” – Russell Hill, Winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2011