The Prize

The Griffin Art Prize 2017 is designed to provide one outstanding candidate a unique package of support in 2018. The winner will be in a position to focus on producing new work in their studio, anywhere in the UK.

The winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2017 will receive:

  • A cash stipend of £5000
  • Studio rent up to £2000 in 2018
  • Materials of choice from supporting brands Winsor & Newton and Liquitex to value £3000
  • A showcase of new work to be held alongside the shortlist exhibition for the Griffin Art Prize 2018
  • Professional support programme including; a mentoring programme from an arts professional, three studio visits from the Griffin Gallery team and head curator Becca Pelly-Fry, technical support from the Innovation and Development laboratory. 


The Judges

Ansel Krut is a painter who lives and works in London. He was born in South Africa and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand (BA Fine Art, 1982) and at the Royal College of Art, London (MA Painting 1986). He has lectured at art colleges throughout the UK, including the RCA, and also at the National Gallery, London. In 2016 he was one of the judges for the John Moores Painting Prize. Recent Solo Exhibitions include Cut Flowers, Marlborough Chelsea, New York (2016), Verbatim Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2014), Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (2014), Marlborough Chelsea, New York (2013), Kunsthal Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2011), Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (2010). Recent Group Exhibitions include: Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London (2016), The Violet Crab at DRAF, David Roberts Arts Foundation, London (2015), Feels Like Heaven, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2014), Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010).

Jenny Lindén Urnes is the owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, a family business based in Sweden, focusing on long-term development of industrial companies, including Winsor & Newton and Liquitex. Jenny is the Chairman of the Färgfabriken Foundation, a centre for contemporary art and architecture in Stockholm. With a passionate interest in art, she also chairs the jury for the Beckers Art Award. Established in 1987, this award has been given to several of Sweden's most innovative and exciting young artists. 

Becca Pelly-Fry is Head Curator for ColArt International. Becca took up post as Griffin Gallery Director in January 2013, and has since curated the majority of the exhibitions at the gallery including Water + Colour, Drawing into Sculpture, Two Truths, Selective Memories, PERFECTIoNISM (Parts I, II and III) and Architecure as Metaphor. Becca originally trained as a sculptor at Northumbria University; after graduating she began her curatorial career as gallery manager and curator at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle. Her career path then took a side step into public sector arts management, working as Operations and Events Manager for Durham City Arts, followed by three years as Arts Development Officer at Kensington & Chelsea Council and a similar role at Camden Council.  Becca is now Head Curator for ColArt International, with responsibility for Directorship of Griffin Gallery and The Fine Art Collective global education programme, and advising the global Winsor & Newton and Liquitex teams on working with artists worldwide.  Becca also sits on the selection panel for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which supports emerging British artists and craftspeople.

Robert Shore is the editor of Elephant magazine and the author of the books Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera (Laurence King, 2014) and Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against Originality (Laurence King, 2017). He previously worked as deputy editor of Art Review magazine.

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