The shortlist for the 2018 edition of the Contemporary British Painting Prize has been announced, with 12 artists up for the first prize of £2,000.

The winner will also receive a critical essay on their practice written by the painter, critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings, and an invitation to become a member of Contemporary British Painting.

All 12 shortlisted artists will also receive a £100 exhibitor’s fee for taking part in the prize’s exhibition, which opens at Huddersfield Art Gallery on 1 December 2018 and will feature three paintings by each artist.

The shortlisted artists are: Keith Ashcroft, Lucy Austin, Benjamin Deakin, Kate Dunn, Jenny Eden, Andrew Ekins, Pippa Gatty, Alison Goodyear, Roland Hicks, Rachel Lancaster, Joe Packer, and Jonathan West.

The artists were selected by a group of practising painters that included Simon Carter, Paula MacArthur, Ruth Philo and 2017 winner Narbi Price.

Carter, who founded the prize in 2016, said: “It has been a privilege to lead the selection of the Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibition this year, to see the diversity, dynamism and quality of what is going on in painting studios across Britain, and to see it in such quantity. The exhibition seeks to reflect the lively, vibrant and often irreverent spirit evident in the 642 submissions.”

Price added: “The work submitted to the Contemporary British Painting Prize was incredibly rich and truly represented the breadth of contemporary painting practice. It wasn’t easy, but I think Paula, Ruth, Simon and I have put together a uniquely strong and interesting show, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it all together.”

The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Collings; Amisha Karia, head of collection, Paintings in Hospitals; and Grant Scanlan, manager of Huddersfield Museums.

The Contemporary British Painting Prize is an annual prize for contemporary painting produced in the UK. It is run by Contemporary British Painting, an artist-led organisation that aims to explore and promote current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.

The winner of the 2018 edition will be announced on 1 December 2018 during an event at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Contemporary British Painting Prize Show 2018, Huddersfield Art Gallery, 1 December 2018 – 2 February 2019. The exhibition will then tour to the Menier Gallery, London, 6-16 February 2019.

1. Andrew Ekins. Courtesy: Contemporary British Painting

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