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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:

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

Previous winners of the Workweek Prize are: