In late April, Converse and Dazed launched The Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award, a major new art competition designed to offer an exciting platform to emerging artists, offering a first prize of £6,000 and an exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, one of London’s leading contemporary art galleries, in July and August 2010. The award panel of highly esteemed artists, presenters and fashion insiders, including Tim Marlow, Sadie Coles, Isobel Harbison, Francesca Gavin, Mark Titchner and Tom Morton, decided the shortlist.
The competition was open to all UK-based artists under the age of 35, not represented by a gallery and not currently studying. Artists of all genres were invited to submit their most innovative and interesting work for the judges’ consideration. There was an overwhelming response of an incredibly high calibre. The five shortlisted artists and one overall winner have been selected on the basis of what the panel judge to be the most innovative, interesting and well produced work. The winner received a cash prize of £6,000 and each of the shortlisted artists £1,000.
The finalists included Peter Ainsworth, who graduating in Fine Art and then receiving an MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2007, explores the urban landscape through his work - and how our interactions are affected by our environment and the marks that human activity leaves upon this landscape.
Whilst Francesca Anfossi since graduating from The Slade School of Art in 2008, has taken part in exhibitions at Studio Voltaire, Tate Modern, and Hayward Gallery Concrete amongst many others. Interested in the occurrences of everyday life and how we perceive them, Anfossi takes mementos as her inspiration for her sculpture, video and projection work.
Canadian born, British-based artist Steve Bishop graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. His sculptures employ a sensitive appropriation of found objects relating to their form and identity outside of the artwork itself - and Laura Buckley completed her MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007. Her work has been featured at 176, in the Derek Jarman Film Programme at the Serpentine Gallery and in numerous group shows. Buckley creates immersive dream-like environments in the making of sculptural, multi-screen installations, combining video, three-dimensional elements and sound. Light plays a lead role in her installations as it interacts between projectors, structures and their surrounding walls.Multi-disciplinary sculptor Jess Flood-Paddock’s works employ objects, video and images. She aims to question contemporary awareness questioning how we perceive and assess objects around us.