World Stage Design 2013 to be staged in Cardiff this year is giving performance based designers a chance to exhibit at the event. In addition they can also apply to design a sustainable, temporal theatre to be built during the festival. For more details go to www.wsd2013.com
In a surprise move the Chair of the Arts Foundation William Sieghart announced last night at Pentagram that each of the runners-up would be receiving an award of £1,000 which met with cheers of delight from the invited audience. Due to the support received by the Lionel Bart Foundation for theatre and the Yoma Sasburg Fellowship for Sculpture the Foundation are now in a position to give financial awards to the runners-up who were shortlisted. 'It's wonderful to be able to acknowledge these great contenders with a financial prize' says Shelley Warren, director of the Foundation. 'To get to this position these artists have been through two selection processes and are working to very high standards. The Foundation has always wanted to award runner up prizes but just haven't been able to financially.'Antony Gormley, trustee and Guest of Honour at the awards handed over cheques totalling nearly £80,000 last night to artists working in Sculpture, Screenwriting, Composition for Musicals, Printmaking, Design for Performance and Still Life Photography. Go to 2013 Awards to see more about the artists who were there on the night. (Photo : Antony Gormley with Printmaker Dawn Cole, runner-up Photo by David Myers Photography).
A SHIFTING SENSE OF THINGS opens on the 31st Jan at the Sumarria Lunn Gallery,London a solo show by Darren Harvey-Regan. Go to www.sumarrialunn.com for more details.
Ill Form and Void Full - new exhibition by Laura Letinsky - focuses on Letinsky’s new series from 2010-11, and marks a significant development in her work since 2009. Go here for more information and even video of her talking about her latest work in the exhibition. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/laura-letinsky-ill-form-and-void-full
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has been announced the Main Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012. Lynette will receive a 100,000 USD award; 60,000 USD in cash and 40,000 USD to be invested in the production of new work. Lynette was selected by the international jury consisting of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Germany), Agnaldo Farias (Brasil), Massimiliano Gioni (United States), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Hans Ulrich Obrist (United Kingdom), Eckhard Schneider (Ukraine), and Nancy Spector (United States).
“The jury has awarded the Main Prize to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her extraordinary paintings where darkness and light are articulated together, recognizing the quality of the paintings and the social concerns that emerge from them. Furthermore, the jury awards the prize for her complex practice, which extends far beyond painting. Indeed, she is also active in literature as a writer of short stories and is currently working on a novel. She creates one canvas per day and if not completed by the end of the day, the painting is discarded. Therefore, there is no nocturnal rethinking, no pentimenti possible in her activity. Her works are organized around groups of paintings that generally portray imaginary black characters in abstract landscapes. Her paintings do not emerge from a photographic imaginary but from the memory of figuration in the history of painting, including realism with social consciousness and expressionism. Her works thus do not focus on the unique artwork but provide a viewing experience based on a different temporality, and on the recognition of recurring motifs, figures and moods.”