Workweek Prize

Past Project 2013 2014 2015 2016

Congratulations to Finishing Touch and Laura Malacart, winners of the 2016 Workweek Prize.

Art Licks Weekend began in 2013 to support and promote 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.

The Prize supports critical, risk-taking projects and is open to independent artist-led spaces, and independent curatorial projects without a fixed venue. We award a total cash prize of £600 to be shared amongst the organiser and exhibiting artists.


All events and exhibitions take place during Art Licks Weekend, Friday 30 September to Sunday 1 October 2016.

The shortlisted projects for the 2016 Workweek Prize are:

Castor Projects, Dream On, Claire Baily
Friday to Sunday 12-6pm; artist’s talk Sunday 3-4pm
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DIRT, It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt, Feiko Beckers, Anne De Boer, Meg Ferguson, Peter Glasgow, Bertha Hoël, Maito Jobbe-Duval, Kineret Lourie, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Girolamo Marri, Helen Michael, Luli Perez, Susannah Stark, Theo Turpin, Emma Jane Whitton, Keir Wotherspoon, Doom Yoga.
Thursday, 7pm website launch with Susannah Stark broadcast. Saturday 2 – 10pm broadcast programme.
Join DIRT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Finishing Touch, The Little Book of Answers, Laura Malacart and a recital of Monica Ross’s Act of Memory (Brixton)
Saturday 2-5pm; recital at 4pm
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Solid Gone, Solid Gone In The Back Room, Agnieszka Szczotka, Eloise Fornieles, Hannah Brown, Marianne Spurr, Mark Beldan, Toby Ziegler
Thursday (includes one-time performance by Eloise Fornieles) 6-9pm, Friday to Sunday 12-6pm
Join Solid Gone on Twitter and Instagram

The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, Ilona Sagar
Download the audio tour from The Ballad of Peckham Rye website to take part
Join The Ballad of Peckham Rye on Twitter and Facebook

Transition Gallery, Isolation Chamber Vacation, Kirsty Buchanan, Juno Calypso, Hannah Ford, Nicola Frimpong, Katerina Jebb
Thursday (launch for Arty 37: Isolation) 6-9pm; exhibition Friday to Sunday 12-6pm; curator talk Saturday 3pm
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Shortlisting will take place from applications received from Art Licks, with judging taking place over the weekend of 30 September – 2 October 2016.

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: