Threadneedle Prize 2013 announces shortlist of six at the Mall Galleries

By Culture24 Reporter | 15 August 2013

The Threadneedle Prize, the £30,000 award for figurative and representational painting and sculpture, will be contested by six artists at London’s Mall Galleries this year.

A photo of five artists standing outside a gallery
© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
Chosen from more than 3,500 hopefuls, this year’s finalists include Andrew Cranston’s After Canaletto, in which the artist portrays Glasgow’s Modern Institute gallerists, Toby Webster and Andrew Hamilton, dwarfed in a space tiled by Jim Lambie’s signature striped floor pieces.

Séamus Moran’s Urban Burka is a Mexican-style wrestling mask made from trainers, and Harriet White – a former BP Portrait Award nominee – imagines a face clad thick in crimson make-up.

There is a theatrical take on 16th century painting by Lisa Wright, a delicate work by Beirut-born painter Ilona Szalay and, in Clare McCormack’s Dead Labour/Dead Labourer, a large-scale woodcut painting of the Leeds graduate’s grandfather, who died of Asbestosis after a life working on building sites.

More than 100 paintings, sculptures and installations from 95 artists will feature when the accompanying exhibition opens in September, with a discussion of the works between artist Jake Chapman, musician Nitin Sawhney, broadcaster Jon Snow and ICA director Gregor Muir on October 8.

  • Winner announced September 24 2013. The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition is at the Mall Galleries from September 25 – October 12.

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Séamus Moran© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
A photo of a female artist standing next to a woodcut of a man inside a gallery
Clare McCormack© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
A photo of a female artist standing beneath a painting of a woman inside a gallery
Lisa Wright© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
A photo of a male artist standing next to a painting
Andrew Cranston© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
A photo of a group of five artists standing in line outside a gallery
© Sophia Schorr-Kon Photography
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