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Converse Emerging Artists Award: Shortlist Announcement

Dazed, Converse and The Whitechapel Gallery present the five lucky artists impressing our judges enough to win cash prizes and their very own exhibition

Dazed and Converse proudly announce the five shortlisted artists chosen for the second annual Converse/Dazed 2011 Emerging Artists Award. From an overwhelming number of entries vying for a first prize of £6,000 and the opportunity to be exhibited in a group show at an exclusive venue near the Whitechapel Gallery this coming October, our esteemed panel of judges announce their decisions today after last week’s final judging session at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The five inspired artists who have been shortlisted and all receive £1,000 and will feature in the upcoming group exhibition are: Gabriele Beveridge, Ellie Harrison, Bruce Ingram, Levack/Lewandowski and Richard Parry.

“We have been amazed by the incredible talent of emerging artists working at the moment and the shortlisted artists excel in the full spectrum of disciplines, from sculpture and installation to film and experimental sound. We anticipate a truly exciting exhibition in London,” says Kirsty Ogg, curator of the Whitechapel Gallery and one of the judges of the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award. Ogg sits alongside artist Eva Rothschild, gallerist Sadie Coles, gallery director Darren Flook, curator Paul Pieroni and Dazed & Confused’s visual arts editor Francesca Gavin on the judging panel.

The London-based Gabriele Beveridge introduces her design-led work that is also held in the Tate St Ives collection. Ellie Harrison is the Glasgow-based Goldsmiths graduate who has been working with the Internet as a central component of her art since 2000. Graduating with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, Bruce Ingram has established a new fluid and experimental approach to making art using studio leftovers as a source of inspiration.

The polymath duo of Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski have collaborated on experimental music, film, performance, photography and immersive installations, recently opening the French Riviera gallery in Bethnal Green earlier this year. Richard Parry is the avant-garde artist whose conceptual work challenges the role of the artist and art’s expanding commercial markets. “I named 30 asparaguses after artworks in a recent exhibition called ‘Young London’,” he explains. “Then I commissioned a radical London art collective to install them as sculptures along the banks of the Leith in Scotland, and make me a documentary film in the process.”

The winner of the first prize will be announced on Saturday October 15, 2011, at an event at the Whitechapel Gallery