Awards for Artists

Awards for Artists supports individuals at a timely moment in their careers, giving them the freedom to develop their creative ideas and contributing to their personal and professional growth. The awards are made every year and come with no strings attached – artists are free to use the money in whichever way they decide. Ten awards of £60,000 each are made annually, five to visual artists and five to composers. We are happy to announce the recipients of Awards for Artists 2017 and would like to take this opportunity to thank judges, nominators and guest speaker Jarvis Cocker.

See the visual artists and composers for 2017 below.

2017 Visual artists

Steven Claydon

Steven Claydon

London-based artist Steven Claydon (born 1969) is concerned with how objects move from raw material to cultural artefact. A recurring focus of his work is materiality, ranging from atomic structure to culturally-constructed meanings and ...

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Charlotte Prodger

Charlotte Prodger

Charlotte Prodger (born 1974) is a Glasgow-based artist who works with moving image, writing and performance, exploring the intertextual relationships between each of these materials. Narrative fragments gleaned from different places and...

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Linder

Linder

Linder (born 1954) has been working with the principle of collage for over four decades. Since the mid-1970s, as a well-known figure in the Manchester punk and post-punk scene, Linder has explored the terrain of socially and culturally r...

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Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard (born 1949) is an artist whose work since the late 1960’s has involved a reconfiguration of media imagery and language. Kennard’s work is profoundly political in nature and can be seen as a visual manifestation of the strug...

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Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman (born 1982) is a London-based artist whose practice is concerned with the effect of multiple social dynamics on how individuals and groups relate. These narrative-based pieces, often deadpan and neurotic, are frequently gene...

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2017 Composers

Byron Wallen

Byron Wallen

Byron Wallen (born 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice. Wallen’s first major work...

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Laurence Crane

Laurence Crane

Laurence Crane (born 1961) often incorporates electronic instruments into classical works and uses commonplace musical objects in new structural and formal relationships. Chords and intervals in their most basic state, arpeggios, drones,...

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Leafcutter John

Leafcutter John

John Burton (born 1976), also known as Leafcutter John, incorporates an experimental approach with computer based sounds into his work. Following graduation from art school in 1998, John began exploring the possibilities of recording and...

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Mary Hampton

Mary Hampton

Mary Hampton (born 1977) grounds her practice in folk song, art song and chamber music traditions. As a songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs, Hampton’s practice often uses traditional folk songs as a starting point, setting th...

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Serafina Steer

Serafina Steer

Serafina Steer (born 1982) sees her practice as much as a social activity as an expressive, technical art and takes an increasingly experimental, punk approach to music making. She approaches her work through the lens of a ‘lived in’ and...

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