Larry Achiampong, who was featured in a-n’s 2019 Degree Shows Guide and is an a-n member, combines imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas around class, cross-cultural and post-digital identities. Phoebe Boswell, who is also an a-n member, works with traditional drawing and digital technology to amplify marginalised diasporic voices and histories.
Multidisciplinary artist Adam Christensen makes intimate performance, video, fabric and text works, which ‘explore the daily emotional dramas that we all take part in’, while Harold Offeh’s practice often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture.
Finally, Ingrid Pollard’s photography, media and research-based practice is concerned with representation, history and landscape, making reference to popular culture and Britishness.
Five composers also receive awards. They are: Eleanor Alberga, Laura Jurd, Mark Lockheart, Nathaniel Mann and Shiori Usui.
Jane Hamlyn, Chair of Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Chair of the Visual Arts judging panel commented: “A lot has changed since we set up Awards for Artists 25 years ago, but one thing hasn’t changed – the environment for artists is tough. The awards give exceptional artists and composers an invaluable space to concentrate on their work and imagine how it can find its place in the world.”
The annual awards are the largest of their kind in the UK and offer artists financial assistance at a pivotal moment in their career, with no obligations or conditions as to how the money is used. Since the inception of the awards, 175 artists have received a total of £7.2 million.
Previous recipients of the awards include: Yinka Shonibare (1998), Jeremy Deller (2001), Phyllida Barlow (2007), Ed Atkins (2012), Michael Dean (2014), Sonia Boyce (2016) and Charlotte Prodger (2017).
1. Winners of Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2019. Left to right: Larry Achiampong, Laura Jurd, Ingrid Pollard, Mark Lockheart, Harold Offeh, Adam Christensen, Phoebe Boswell, Shiori Usui and Nathaniel Mann. Photo: Emile Holba
2. Larry Achiampong, Visual Artist. Photo: Emile Holba
3. Phoebe Boswell, Visual Artist. Photo: Emile Holba