Jonathan Trayte, Lawrence Lek, Rachel Pimm, Tamsin Snow & Sarah Tynan, and Patrick Cole each receive £1,000 to produce new, site-specific work to exhibit at the RA’s Burlington Gardens space. The winner, to be announced at the exhibition private view 16 April 2015, will receive a prize of £5,000.
The artists were selected by a judging panel consisting of RA director of artistic programmes Tim Marlow, Glasgow International director Sarah McCrory, artists Steven Claydon and José Parla, gallerist Javier Peres, and Dazed visual art editor Francesca Gavin.
“This award offers an important opportunity to support artists in those crucial but often overlooked years after leaving college,” said Marlow. “We are pleased to offer a platform that brings their work to the attention of a wider public.”
The shortlisted artists
Jonathan Trayte is a Royal Academy Schools graduate. His work transforms exotic foods into sculptures in glazed ceramic, painted bronze and aluminum cutouts.
Lawrence Lek is a studio resident at London’s The White Building and a graduate of The Cooper Union, New York. He uses video game software to reflect on the impact of technology on perceptions of place.
Rachel Pimm is the founder the artist-run space Auto Italia South East and gained her MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2013. She practice involves sculpture, performance and video, exploring the interaction between natural and artificial worlds.
Performance artist Patrick Cole gained his MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2014. His satirical storytelling builds narratives inspired by dystopian science fiction.
Artist duo Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan met on the Royal College of Art MA course while studying in sculpture and painting respectively. Together they create large-scale architectural environments in buildings and social spaces.