The seventh annual Workweek Prize (17–20 October 2019) will award £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend, open to independent artist-led spaces, and independent curatorial projects without a fixed venue.
Exhibitors at Art Licks Weekend 2019, on the theme of Interdependence, will be considered for the Workweek Prize. Applications for the festival and prize are now closed and the shortlist will be announced soon.
About the Workweek Prize
Artquest initiated this prize in 2013 when Art Licks Weekend began, which awards a prize of £1,000 to be shared amongst the organiser and exhibiting artists.
Art Licks Weekend supports and promotes artist-led and small-scale exhibitions and projects in east and south-east London. The Workweek Prize celebrates and encourages artist-led and independent curatorial projects and their support of the local and international art scene.
The winner of the Workweek Prize is the shortlisted candidate who presents, in the judges’ opinion, an exhibition / project that:
- Displays a high level of critical awareness of current artistic practices
- Engages with a broad range of publics, outside of the traditional art world
- Produces work that is risk-taking, innovative and timely, and displays the strong collaborative approach that helps artist-led activity succeed
Winners and shortlisted projects
Winners and projects shortlisted for the Workweek Prize are:
- 2018: winner: Optimistic Foundation (Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn) for HSCB (Hoe Street Central Bank)
- 2017: winner: Turf Projects showing Saelia Aparicio Torinos in Peaks & Troughs
- shortlist: Chalton Gallery showing Nora Silva in Your Friendly Local; The Old Police Station showing Sarah White and James Watts in The Showroom; POST Artists at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park showing Marco Cali, Natalie Sanders, Helena Wee, Jessica Mautner, Mary Yacoob, Camilla Brueton and other POST members TBC in Two Places at Once; Pale Blue Dot Collective at St John on Bethnal Green Church showing Helen Barff, Louise Beer, David Morgan-Davies, Gen Doy, Ryan Gander Helen Goodwin, Katie Goodwin, Ellie Harrison, Hayley Harrison, Catriona Leahy, Sujin Lim, Ian Maslen, Simon Read, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Ben Rivers and Chris Wainwright in Rising
- guest judge: Rosie Stanbury, Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection
- 2016: winner: Laura Malacart and Finishing Touch (a collaborative project between Louisa Bailey and Joyce Cronin, now known as The Bower) for The Little Book of Answers, and a recital of Monica Ross‘s Act of Memory (Brixton)
- shortlist: Castor Projects, Dream On, Claire Baily; DIRT, It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt, various artists; Solid Gone, Solid Gone In The Back Room, various artists; The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, Ilona Sagar; Transition Gallery, Isolation Chamber Vacation, various artists
- guest judge: Jane Hayes Greenwood, artist and director of Block 336
- 2015: winner: David Blandy and A—Z for the installation 16-Bit at Four Quarters.
- 2014: winner: D.I.G. Collective, for the project HOLE STORY, exhibiting William Bock, Alberto Duman, Sophie Mason and Mark Morgan
- shortlist: Space Station 65 bursary studio, Common Objects, Nina De Angelis; Enclave, Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Marker, Spare Part, curated by Lucy A. Sames with various artists; French Riviera, Lisa Brice solo exhibition; Lewisham ArtHouse, Who Thinks the Future?, Peer Sessions; Studio/Parlor Internet Cafe project, various artists
- 2013: winner: 38b, showing artist Tom Railton
- shortlist: Vulpes Vulpes, Midden, various artists; Five Years, This is not public, various artists; xero, kline & coma, Silver Fiat Vox, Tai Shani; ]performance space[, In Conversation, various artists
- guest judges: Daniel Sturgis, artist and BA Painting Course Leader, Camberwell College of Art and Doug Fishbone, artist