Exciting developments for 2014
Figurative art is more than ever at the forefront of contemporary art practice and is always a subject of debate. With many high profile art prizes tending towards conceptual and abstract works, The Threadneedle Prize deliberately sets out to examine Figurative Art Today, producing a comprehensive current survey.
Our online submission process makes this open competition accessible to all practising artists working in the UK and Europe – from established to emerging talent. Paintings, prints and drawings submitted from the UK should be entered using our digital pre-selection process. This year, we’ve introduced a new digital selection tool for ALL sculptures and ALL works submitted from outside the UK (Europe only), saving you unnecessary transport costs and inconvenience. All work entered using the digital selection tool will be viewed by our panel of four high profile selectors online – you will only need to bring the work into the Galleries if you are selected.
In 2014 The Threadneedle Prize winner, chosen by our selectors, will receive a cash prize of £20,000 plus his or her own one-week exhibition at Mall Galleries in 2015 (value £10,000). We’ve introduced this change to the format of the Prize because we recognise the value to an artist of exhibiting a wider body of work in a major London gallery. Each of the five other shortlisted artists will receive £1,000; every work selected for the exhibition is eligible to win the Visitors’ Choice Award, a further prize of £10,000 voted by visitors to the exhibition.
In a further development, designed to reinforce our survey of Figurative Art Today, The Threadneedle Prize has appointed a special Guest Curator to curate a new ‘curated’ section for the exhibition – a thought-provoking complement to the open competition section. This year’s Guest Curator is the independent art critic, writer and curator, Sacha Craddock.