Congratulations to Turf Projects showing Saelia Aparicio Torinos in Peaks & Troughs, the winners of the 2017 Workweek Prize.
Exhibition continues to 12 November 2017.
Turf Projects is the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in Croydon. Turf is a charity working to support artists, curators and the public through free exhibitions, workshops and events. Established by creatives with a personal connection to the borough, Turf now comprises a gallery exhibiting work from emerging and established artists alongside space for events and affordable studios.
Peaks & Troughs is a solo exhibition of new works by Spanish artist Saelia Aparicio Torinos (Royal College of Art and Universidad de Castilla la Mancha) about urbanist development and its effects on its inhabitants: referring to class clashes, gentrification, trends in architecture, the environmental impact of urban sprawl, and how viewers experience shopping centres. The exhibition will also explore Turf’s complex position in local shopping centre development, impacted by plans for a new Westfield centre.
The Workweek Prize supports critical, risk-taking projects taking part in Art Licks Weekend, open to independent artist-led spaces, and independent curatorial projects without a fixed venue. In 2017 we will award a total cash prize of £1,000 to be shared amongst the organiser and exhibiting artists.
Art Licks Weekend began in 2013, and supports and promotes artist-led and small-scale exhibitions and projects in east and south-east London. From its first year, Artquest has awarded the Workweek Prize to celebrate and encourage artist-led and independent curatorial projects in London, and their support of the local and international art scene.
Applicants to the 2017 Art Licks Weekend who opted-in on the application form were considered for shortlisting. The five shortlisted projects for the 2017 Workweek Prize were:
- 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
Judging took place on Friday 29 September and Saturday 30 September 2017 with guest judge Rosie Stanbury, Acting Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection.
The winner of the Workweek Prize will be 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
Previous winners of the Workweek Prize are:
- 2016: 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: David Blandy and A—Z for the installation 16-Bit at Four Quarters.
- 2014: 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: 38b, showing artist Tom Railton