In Pictures: Leeds Art Gallery gets ready to host quartet of hopefuls in Northern Art Prize 2011

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 November 2011
A photo of a triangular green sculpture inside a warehouse
Judged by a panel including former Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Hepworth Wakefield director Simon Wallis, the fifth edition of the Northern Art Prize is a celebration of careful concoctions, with a £16,500 prize lying in wait for the winner.

"The 2012 Prize short list brings to our attention four very different artists who each produce work that often takes a painstakingly long time to craft," says Sarah Brown, the chair of the judging panel who is also a curator at the host gallery.

"As the world moves ever faster it is interesting that the judges have selected artists who invest a great deal of time in each piece."

A photo of a piece of art involving red lines in linear formation across a white canvas
© Liadin Cooke. Image: Jonty Wilde
Liadin Cooke presents Miserable Object, a response to the text of a 19th Century sampler exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum which describes a needle-woman’s breakdown due to sexual harassment and her subsequent discovery of god.

Consisting of lines of red wax drawn across paper, the Huddersfield-based finalist's contemplation of control, instability and mental turmoil uses wax, brass and clay.

A photo of a piece of stone jutting out from beneath a grey concrete street pavement
© Leo Fitzmaurice
The Way Things Appear is a collection of photographs of objects and graphical elements taken in their everyday setting by Leo Fitzmaurice.

The subjects are repeated or mimicked by other nearby objects, or given strangeness by their situation. Fitzmaurice has also made a continuous landscape with painting selected from the gallery's permanent collection.

A photo of a multicoloured binary piece of artwork
© James Hugonin
Oil and wax works, Binary Rhythm paintings and small colour studies investigate intense light and colour from the eyes and hands of Northumberland-based former Chelsea School of Art graduate James Hugonin.

Using close toned colour and an underlying grid, his pieces are described as deeply subtle and quietly musical.

A photo of a sculpture involving two thin wooden tables in a sparse art gallery setting
© Richard Rigg and Workplace Gallery
Viewers are enticed to take a closer look and question the sculptures Richard Rigg has played with in Newcastle.
A note written by the artist during a telephone conversation, later given to a piece involving two eight-metre telegraph poles which will adorn the entrance hall and staircase of the gallery, forms the title of his entry: "I forgot what was said when we were outside, stood empty, now without those words I fell back."

  • The Northern Art Prize 2011 opens at Leeds Art Gallery on Friday (November 25) until February 19 2012.
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