Six-strong shortlist for Leicester City Gallery's Attenborough Prize

By Culture24 Staff | 11 November 2009
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A picture of a multi-coloured painting of a woman in front of bubbles

(Above) Daniel Kelly, Gemeinschaft / Gessel Schaft (2009

The City Gallery, Leicester's flagship contemporary art centre, has announced a flamboyant shortlist of six artists for its annual £2,000 Attenborough Prize.

A picture of a painting of a man sitting on a chair in an empty room

David Stevenson, Abandon Hope (2009)

The third year of the Prize, awarded to a local or regional artist from works entered into the Gallery's Open 21 exhibition, includes Abandon Hope – a moody egg tempera portrait by David Stevenson – and an Alice in Wonderland-style disproportioned world in oil from Neil Raitt.

A picture of a surreal painting of a boat on a lake with an enormous foot on the shore

Neil Raitt, Credit Crunch (2008)

Alan Stephen Wright's Salome Being Presented With the Head of St John the Baptist is liable to upset the kids, and Daniel Kelly’s Gemeinschaft shows off his exuberantly colourful painting technique.

A picture of a painting of a room with masked men looking at a decapitated head

Alan Stephen Wright, Salome Being Presented With the Head of St John the Baptist (2008)

Printmaker Sarah Kirby produces a more traditional, gothic linocut of Leicester's Market Place, and James Robson has crafted a greyscale 3D ceramic in Vessel 1.

A picture of a monochrome drawing of a market place

Sarah Kirby, Market Place, Leicester (2009)

The shortlist will appear as part of the exhibition until January 2010, with the winner announced tomorrow (November 12 2009).

A picture of a black angular sculpture

James Robson, Vessel 1 (2009)

Last year's winner, Sarah Key, was last seen bearing a Donnie Darko-style rabbit head mask and making paper planes on top of Antony Gormley's Fourth Plinth installation.

Exhibition runs at the Gallery until January 9 2010. Admission free.

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