The Contemporary Art Society is delighted to announce that this yearís Annual Award, Commission to Collect, which offers one of the largest sums of money of any contemporary art prize in the UK, has been awarded to The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, with artist Oliver Laric. Laric saw off strong competition from emerging artists Juliette Blightman and Alice Channer to secure the career-changing award.
This yearís award was presented on the evening of 19 November by world-renowned artist Jeremy Deller at the stunning new David Roberts Art Foundation in London. The judging panel included Michelle Cotton (Senior Curator, Firstsite, Colchester), Chris Hammond (Director, MOT International), Moira Jeffrey (Writer) and Toby Ziegler (Artist). The other shortlisted entries were Leeds Art Gallery in association with Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (with artist Alice Channer) and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery in association with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (with artist Juliette Blightman).
The Annual Award offers the winning partnership the unique opportunity to work together to commission a new work of art for the successful museumís permanent collection. The prestigious £60,000 prize, generously funded by the Sfumato Foundation, will enable the development of a new work that will enrich the museumís international profile and contemporary collections, and that will be enjoyed by visitors to the area for generations to come.
The Annual Award is also a critical stepping stone in the career of the winning artist and provides them with a platform to grow and develop their work. As the fourth artist to win the coveted prize, Oliver Laric will now begin the process of creating the new work, which will go on display at The Collection and Usher Gallery in approximately one yearís time. Previous recipients of the award include Kateřina äedŠ, Luke Fowler and Christina Mackie, who have each gone on to enjoy considerable success since winning; currently, Luke Fowler is one of the shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2012 and Christina Mackieís Annual Award 2011 commission will go on display at The Nottingham Castle Museum in March 2013.
Paul Hobson, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, said:
"In these straitened financial times, when museums are having to reduce staff and programmes, opportunities to develop collections and to work with influential artists to commission major new works for their collections are understandably few and far between. Perhaps this is why we continue to have such exceptionally strong proposals for the Annual Award which, now in its fourth year, is one of the most significant contemporary art prizes in the UK. Submissions are stronger than ever, and I would like to congratulate all the shortlisted museums and their nominated artists for the high quality of their proposals this year. Oliver Laric is an artist who has attracted national and international interest recently and is at a critical juncture in his career, and we could not be more delighted that his work is entering such an important collection as that of The Collection and Usher Gallery."
Jonathan Platt, Head of Libraries and Heritage at Lincolnshire County Council said:
"Iím thrilled that the Contemporary Art Society has backed The Collectionís commission of Oliver Laricís exciting proposal for Lincoln. Itís great to be able to give an artist their Ďbig breakí and Iím sure Oliver will go on to great things. The Collection is a museum for the 21st century, and the cutting edge technology involved in this commission certainly demonstrates this. By using the latest advances in 3D scanning and printing technology, weíll be able to re-create Oliverís work anywhere in the world, which is an incredibly exciting prospect. I canít wait to see the finished physical and virtual Versions of Oliverís work in the museum and on the internet."
Oliver Laric, artist, said:
"This is hopefully the beginning of a project that wonít end. I am very curious to see how the data will spread and I canít wait to start scanning."
This is another initiative that meets the Contemporary Art Societyís mission to support and develop public collections of contemporary art across the UK.
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Paul Hobson, Director, Contemporary Art Society speaking at the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums 2012 held at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Jeremy Deller annnounces the Winner of the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums 2012
The Winners of the Annual Award for Museums 2012
Jeremy Deller, Presenter of the Annual Award for Museums 2012 with Paul Hobson, Director Contemporary Art Society 2012
Paul Hobson, Director, Contemporary Art Society speaking at the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums 2012 held at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London photo: Joe Plommer
Jeremy Deller annnounces the Winner of the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums 2012 photo: Joe Plommer
The Winners of the Annual Award for Museums 2012 left Ė right: with Paul Hobson, Director, Contemporary Art Society; Presenter of the Annual Award Jeremy Deller; Maggie Warren, Collections Access Officer, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Ashley Gallant, Collections Access Officer (Contemporary Art), The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Jonathan Platt, Head of Libraries and Heritage, Economy and Culture , Lincolnshire County Council; Mark Stephens, Chair of the Contemporary Art Society, photo: Joe Plommer
Jeremy Deller, Presenter of the Annual Award for Museums 2012 with Paul Hobson, Director Contemporary Art Society 2012 photo: Joe Plommer