A shortlist of 23 artists has been announced for the 2015 East London Painting Prize. Now in its second year, the featured artists all live or practice in the area and an exhibition of their work will take place at the Rum Factory, Pennington Street Warehouse, London Dock, Wapping in May.

The winner, who will receive a £10,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow later in the year, will announced on Wednesday 13 May.

This year’s artists were selected by a panel including artist and painter Phoebe Unwin; editor of Art Review, Oliver Basciano; director of the Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson; and founder of Launchpad, Sarah Elson.

Basciano said: “The judges were able to put together an incredibly strong shortlist from a happily huge number of entries. The 23 artists whom made the cut are not just highly skilled technicians (and let’s in no way seek to minimalise the importance of that) but also create works that are active, affective and alive; each in their own way spurring forth with an exacting, indelible energy, that stopped us in our tracks.”

Rosamond Murdoch, director of Nunnery Gallery, said: “I am thrilled at the quality and quantity of entries this year, east London is a hotbed of talent and the painters shortlisted for this year’s prize are a distillation of that quality.”

The East London Painting Prize was created by The Legacy List (shortly to become the Foundation for FutureLondon) and Bow Arts Trust, with support from the Goldhill Family and the Zabludowicz Collection.

The shortlisted artists, listed by area, are:

Michael Ajerman, Steven Allan, David Caines, Anna Freeman Bentley, Andrew Hladky, Kate Lyddon, Cathy Lomax, Lee Maelzer, Judith Rooze, Mimei Thompson.

Peter Donaldson, Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis.

Luke Rudolf

Tower Hamlets
Hannah Brown, Cyrus Shroff, Caroline Walker, Willem Weismann, Emily Wolfe, Vivien Zhang.

Waltham Forest
Benjamin Doherty, Katrin Maeurich, David Ben White, Josephine Wood.


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