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  • 10 Nov 2016

Awards for Artists 2016 recipients announced

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is proud to announce the recipients of Awards for Artists 2016 following a reception hosted at our offices in London on 10 November 2016. You can see full bios and examples of work here. 

 Visual Art Recipients:

Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson

Sonia Boyce

Rachel Reupke

Lucy Skaer

Cara Tolmie

Composer recipients:

Daniel Kidane

Heather Leigh

Ailís Ní Ríain

Awards for Artists 2016 recipients
Left to right: Cara Tolmie, Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson, Rachel Reupke, Ailís Ní Ríain, Daniel Kidane, Heather Leigh (sitting) Lucy Skaer and Sonia Boyce. Photo Credit: Emile Holba

Jane Hamlyn, Chair of Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: ‘The artistic talent represented by this year’s recipients is particularly wide-ranging and reflects the diversity of practice among artists in the UK.’

Awards for Artists was launched in 1994 and are the largest individual awards made to visual artists and composers in the UK. At £50,000 per award and with no strings attached, they are designed to give artists the time and freedom to develop their creative ideas.

Around two hundred guests from across the arts sector gathered at a reception in our offices in Kings Cross to hear Jane Hamlyn announce the eight recipients.

This year’s keynote speaker was the filmmaker, opera director and screenwriter Penny Woolcock. In her speech, Penny talked about the state of flux in which the world currently finds itself, describing ‘great tectonic plates of change crashing into each other and none of us knowing what to make of any of it or what our place will be when the dust settles.’

The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all recipients and thank everyone who makes Awards for Artists possible including the judges and nominators. We would also like to extend out thanks to Penny Woolcock for her thought provoking speech.