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25 contemporary artists and groups from across the UK – presenting their actions, thoughts, and creations, in this one-off exhibition where the public choose the winner.
Mike Ballard(London) / Holly English (Essex) / Nathan Evans (Leeds) Hondartza Fraga(Leeds) / Howard Gardener (Chester) Sarah Gillham (Worcester Park) / Dominic Heffer (Hull) / Claire Holyoake (Leeds) Sooim Jeong(London) / Topical Jungle (Leeds) / Jin Eui Kim (Cardiff) Eleanor Leonne Bennett(Stockport) / Edwin Li (Newcastle) / Karen Logan (Sheffield) Augustinas Naslenas (Sheffield) / Steve Nice (London) / Andy Nizinskyj (Barnsley)Chloe Plumb & Ned Patten(Leeds) / Alfie Strong (Leeds) / Emily Towler (Leeds) Lex Thomas (London) / Sean Williams (Nantwich) / Suok Won Yoon (Coventry) Robert Youngson (Leicester) / Victoria Youngson (Leicester)
The Woolgather Art Prize 2012 is a national showcase of contemporary artists and art practice, focused on engaging a wide public audience. Based in Leeds and set up in 2011 by Woolgather, it was born from a need to explore the artist’s role in society and to celebrate creative lifestyles.
Over 350 applications to the prize resulted in a shortlist of 25 artists/groups exhibiting works in a public exhibition this May. All exhibited artists stand the chance to win prizes of £1000, £500 and £250, entirely determined through public vote.
Accompanying the exhibition is a website and publication that explore the life of an artist. All applicants were invited to contribute to a publication with work or documentation of a creative action made on one day. The website features the shortlisted artists through videos made by them answering the question, ‘Where For Your Future’
The project is aimed at and for the public, to remove barriers or preconceptions about contemporary art.
The Woolgather Art Prize is open to all, and welcomes everyone.
Awards Night: 9 June 6 p.m. – Late
Exhibition open until 9 June, everyday 12–6 p.m.
1 Cross York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EE
(Formally The Loft and a minute’s walk from Leeds Bus Station)