Ten artists producing screen-based work have been shortlisted for the inaugural Sluice_screens ↄc Prize. The prize sees the artist-led organisation – which hosts the Sluice_2015 art fair at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London on 16-18 October – focusing on work made by artists working in the digital realm.

Sluice_screens describes its mission as ‘to provide a platform for the public to engage with art made with video, sound and web, whilst enabling the artists to retain control of their intellectual property’.

The shortlisted artists for the free to enter, open submission award are: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Dennis and Debbie Club, Declan Colquitt, Inez do Coo, Sandra Crisp, Aurele Ferrier, Tessa Garland, Caitlin Griffiths, Lawrence Lek, and Amy Lunn.

The winner of the prize, to be announced on 12 September, will receive £500 and their work will be presented at Sluice_2015 on 18 October as part of a Sluice_screens programme.

The programme will also include a panel discussion that will address such questions as: ‘How is the virality of digitised art effecting the perception of creative production? What effect do the differing philosophical stances inherent to copyright vs copyleft have on how the art-world engages with artists? What light can be thrown on this post-internet battleground by contextualising it within an art-historical framework?’

The Sluice_screens prize is supported by ascribe.io and The Hospital Club – all ten shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited at The Hospital Club’s Covent Garden gallery.

The shortlist for this year’s award was chosen by a jury consisting of  Ali Hillman (curator, The Hospital Club), Charlie Levine (curator, Sluice_), and Masha McConaghy (curator and consultant, ascribe).


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