Contemporary British Painting has announced a “new chapter” for the organisation alongside the launch of the 2019 edition of the Contemporary British Painting Prize.

Since 2013, when it was founded by painters Simon Carter and Robert Priseman, Contemporary British Painting has brought together a diverse group of artists from around the British Isles and created a forum for the discussion and promotion of contemporary painting. Alongside member exhibitions in China, Poland and around the UK, the organisation has until recently hosted a regular programme of shows at The Crypt space at St Marylebone Parish Church in London.

But with Priseman making the decision to focus on other projects, he is now passing the organisation over to its members.

Speaking about the development, Contemporary British Painting’s Paula MacArthur said: “Robert has also worked tirelessly to create exhibition opportunities for CBP members and has placed their paintings in permanent collections around the world.

“But CBP is now at the start of a new chapter, and with a new constitution recently agreed by our members, we’re working hard on forthcoming group exhibitions as well as organising the fourth annual Contemporary British Painting Prize for non-members.”

The prize, which launched in 2016, is open to contemporary painters currently working in the British Isles. This year’s selection panel includes 2018 prize winner Joe Packer and painters Lisa Denyer, Geraint Evans, and Judith Tucker.

An exhibition of shortlisted artists will take place at Huddersfield Art Gallery in November with the winner of the £2,000 prize selected by judges Griselda Pollock (Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds), Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Museums Manager) and Graham Crowley (painter, writer and Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art 1998-2006).

The winner will also receive an essay on their work by lead judge Pollock and an invitation to become a member of Contemporary British Painting and a selector for the CBP Prize 2020.

Alongside Packer, previous winners Cathy Lomax (2016) and Narbi Price (2017).

Discussing Contemporary British Painting’s recent achievements and looking forwards to its future programme, MacArthur added: “Whilst The Crypt space is currently closed for renovation, we hope to return in a couple of years when the building works are complete. In the mean time we’ve exhibited at Norwich Cathedral and are working towards shows with Beep Painting in Swansea, Pineapple Black in Middlesborough and the University of Leeds.

“CBP members are scattered throughout the UK and Ireland so it makes perfect sense for us to travel around the British Isles. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of becoming too London-centric and miss out on all the hundreds of fantastic spaces elsewhere, it’s our aim to continue sharing our passion about painting as widely as possible.”

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019 is open for submission from now until midnight on Sunday 8 September. Submission fee is £20.00 and applicants can submit five works.

Prize giving ceremony at Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018, Huddersfield Art Gallery.

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