Art Start

By Jo Phillips

Launched in 2016, The Ingram Prize has become an important celebration of the work of artists at the start of their careers. Now in its 5thyear, this year’s award and accompanying exhibition at The Cello Factory, London (20-27 November) looks set to build upon its legacy of providing a platform for even greater success; find out more information on the upcoming exhibition here in Art Start.

Heun Jung Kim Tae Jung and Ha Ru1 image on left

The 2020 Ingram Prize shortlist has been announced, the great competition to support artists of the border between starting and growing success. As might be predicted, in this year of such turbulence, there is a marked difference in the work of the thirty-seven 2020 finalists, compared to previous years.

In particular, how artists have worked in lockdown and the practical differences the repercussions of Covid have made to their work.

Visitors to the exhibition will see smaller, more domestic-sized pieces. This was because many of the artists on the shortlist were unable to get to their studios during the height of the lockdown period, which prompted them to investigate new materials for their work as they were constrained by practical circumstances and the available space within their homes.

There is also an increase in film, as artists shifted their practice into filmmaking. Covid-19 is referred to explicitly in a number of the selected works.

Image Richard Rawlins The true crown

Jo Baring, Curator of The Ingram Collection said

We are so happy-current constrictions allowing-to present a physical group show of finalists”.

This competition is highly renowned with winners in the past including Victoria Sin , Harrison Pearce, Alvin Ong and Tahmina Negmat. These artists have not only had works purchased by the renowned Ingram Collection, but have gone on to exhibit in such prestigious museums and galleries as Whitechapel Gallery and Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art, and to win further prestigious awards and, in the case of Sin, perform at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Anne-Lise Weinberger, Plugged In III 2020 Image credit Kang Linyue.

The Ingram Collection holds a growing number of works by young and emerging artists, and in 2016 established The Ingram Prize, an annual purchase prize created to celebrate and support the work and early careers of UK art school graduates.

For more information on the Ingram collection please visit here

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