Beginning in late April of this year, Converse and Dazed & Confused launched the Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award, a major new art prize designed to offer an exciting platform to emerging artists under the age of 35, offering a first prize of £6,000 and each of the four short listed artists £1,000. A panel of art industry insiders made up of Sadie Coles, Mark Titchner, Tim Marlow, Tom Morton, Isobel Harbison and Dazed visual arts editor Francesca Gavin decided between hundreds of entries on a shortlist of five; Francesca Anfossi, Peter Ainsworth, Steve Bishop, Laura Buckley and Jess Flood-Paddock.
Converse and Dazed & Confused are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award has now been decided and (Cue drumroll….) the winner is Peter Ainsworth, who will be displaying work from his ‘Covered’ series at Stephen Friedman Gallery from July 30, alongside the work of the other four shortlisted artists: Francesca Anfossi, Steve Bishop, Laura Buckley and Jess Flood-Paddock. Francesca Gavin, Dazed's visual arts editor, said: “Peter’s work stood out to the judging panel for his ability to transform a deeply personal and near autobiographical experience into an abstract idea for the audience to engage with. His use of photography to document his objects lends an air of authenticity to the work and is an exciting use of the medium".