During last night’s awards ceremony, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) announced that Bonnie Camplin, Michael Dean, Rosalind Nashashibi, Katrina Palmer, and James Richards are the winners of the foundation’s Visual Arts Awards 2014. Martin Green, Shebaka Hutchings, and Pat Thomas received the Composers Awards.
the Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established in 1987 as a focus for his charitable interests, and it is now one of the UK’s largest independent grant-giving organisations. The foundation administers ‘Awards for Artists’, the objectives of which include to “encourage artists to continue to practice despite outside pressures, financial or otherwise”.
The Visual Arts jury consisted of Jane Hamlyn, chair of the foundation, artist Ed Atkins (who received the award in 2012), Gavin Delahunty, senior curator of the Dallas Museum of Art, Mary Griffiths, curator at the Whitworth Art Gallery, and Anthony Spira, director of Milton Keynes Gallery.
The awards, are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and is aimed at UK-based practicing visual artists of any age. The goal of the prize is to support artists at pivotal times of their careers, encouraging them to continue their work during potentially hard times. The organisation is an independent grant-making foundation in the UK, and the award is quite sizeable: each of the winners receives £50,000 over three years, with no obligations or conditions as to how the money is used.
The Paul Hamlyn awards have helped around a 100 UK visual artists since their inception in 1994 – the winning artists over this period have received grants for a total amount of almost £4 million.
Previous recipients of the Paul Hamlyn awards include: Ian White (2013), Elizabeth Price (2012), Sue Tompkins (2011), Ángela de la Cruz (2010), Marc Camille Chaimowicz (2009), Duncan Campbell (2008), Mark Leckey (2007), Jeremy Deller (2001), and Hilary Lloyd (2000).
Image: © Michael Dean Hah Ahahahahaha ha Hahaha Installation view, Herald Street, London 2014 all rights reserved