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Dame Emma Thompson and Zebra One Gallery Sponsor Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

Actress and writer Dame Emma Thompson and Zebra One Gallery have joined forces for the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2020, to celebrate, support and mentor aspiring female artists and help them advance their careers. The competition, organised by curators Ecclestone Art and named after an 18th century Fuller’s pub and restaurant in Hampstead,  is sponsored by Dame Emma Thompson, Zebra One Gallery, Cass Art Hampstead and Women in Art Fair. Emma Thompson said:...

Turner Prize 2020 Cancelled, Replaced By Bursaries

The organisers of the Turner Prize have announced the cancellation of his year’s edition. Instead, 10 bursaries of £10,000 will be awarded to selected artists. Normally, the shortlist for the controversial modern art prize would have been announced by organisers Tate Britain at this time of year, usually to the bafflement and derision of the public. An exhibition would have opened in the autumn with the winner of the £25,000 prize announced in December. Alex...

Lobster Artist Philip Colbert Launches Art Against the Virus

Artist Philip Colbert launches the first of his fund-raising projects Art Against the Virus on May 18th. The artist, well known for his ‘lobster’ alter-ego, is donating 100 percent of the profits from a limited edition run of resin sculptures to the International Rescue Committee. Philip Colbert has also made a series of films to accompany the sculptures in association with APPortfolio. He describes this as his response to Covid 19 and how it has...

Lauren Baker and the Creative Impulse: An Artist in Lockdown

Like many other artists, London-based Lauren Baker, leading ‘light artist’ and creator of spectacular large-scale public artworks, is having to adjust to life under lockdown, with events cancelled, collaborations made challenging and the day-to-day practicalities of an artist’s working method made difficult. So Arts & Collections asked Lauren Baker how the creative mind responds, both artistically and practically, to working during the coronavirus lockdown. (Header photo – credit Neil Collins) Q. What’s your usual working...
Shortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 Announced

Art FocusShortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 Announced

The shortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 has been announced. Selected from 1,981 entries by artists from 69 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2020 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The Portrait Award is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged eighteen and over, in recognition of the outstanding and innovative...
World Photography Organisation Announces Sony Open Competition Winners

Art FocusWorld Photography Organisation Announces Sony Open Competition Winners

The World Photography Organisation has announced the category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020. Recognising the best single images from 2019, more than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2020 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000...
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