Sandro Miller: Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali (1954), 2014

New to The Young Masters Art Prize? Here’s an insight into the Prize in 10 images!

  1. It all stARTs with the ART…


Above: Self-Portrait, Warhol (2011) by the Young Masters artist, Lluís Barba (C-Type Print, Perspex Mounted. 91.5 x 121.0 cm).

If Michelangelo is considered the ultimate master of versatility, the Young Masters Art Prize isn’t far behind. The Prize showcases all media, old and new, from Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture, to Video, Performance and Installation.

  1. Thanks to the Founder


Above: Young Masters Founder and Director Cynthia Corbett. Photograph courtesy of Cristina Schek

In 2008 Cynthia Corbett, Founder and Director of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, had the idea of establishing an art prize that celebrates artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past. To great acclaim, the first edition of the Prize was to launch the following year.

  1. Where would we be without our incredible artists?


Above: Young Masters alumna Oliver Jones, with his artwork; Maybe She’s Born with It, 2015 (Pastel on paper, 63 x 90 cm).

The Prize is founded upon an admirable premise to offer new and emerging artists a platform to exhibit and grow their following. Well, as the adage goes: “the proof is in the pudding”. Oliver Jones explains: “Since Young Masters 2014 I have presented my first major public UK Solo Show at New Art Gallery Walsall with work acquired for their permanent public collection and exhibited in group shows and art fairs nationally and internationally […] Exhibiting with Young Masters, especially on its international tour and presence at art fairs on home soil and across the Atlantic, has been really great in terms of sales and reaching a wider collection base and audience. It has been a pleasure to be part of, and working with all those involved.”

  1. Let’s not forget our brilliant Judges!

4Three separate judging panels will cast their votes for our winners this year – our panels include some of the most well-known names in the art world. Featured here (from clockwise top left) are Nadja Swarovski, Beth ColocciSylvie Gormezano and Ronnette Riley who will judge the newly inaugurated Young Masters Emerging Woman Artist Prize 2017.

  1. What happens behind the scenes?


Above: A glimpse behind the scenes at Young Masters alumna Zemer Peled in her studio; here at work on one of many magnificently intricate ceramic sculptures.

A whole lot of preparation goes into the Young Masters Art Prize. Whilst applying artists work tirelessly on their art, it’s all hands on deck at the Young Masters headquarters, even before the Open Call is launched.

  1. Ones to Watch: The Prize Giving


Above: The talented Juergen Wolf, winner of the 2014 Young Masters Art Prize, pleased to be receiving his award from Charles Saumarez Smith.

This year, artists will be awarded across three prizes,  judged by three separate panels; the Young Masters Art Prize, Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize and the newly inaugurated Young Masters Emerging Woman Art PrizeWe’re excited for our upcoming awards ceremony this June at Gallery 8.

7. Introducing ceramics to the Prize


Above: A selection of artworks by Matt Smith, the winner of the 2014 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize, on display at an exhibition during the summer.

The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize was launched in 2014 as a second strand of the Prize. The prize serves as a separate platform that recognises contemporary artists responding to the heritage of ceramic craft and to those who reflect the creativity, innovation and excellence of this medium.

  1. And talks… 


Above: A crowd listening to President Monaco speak at a Tufts Alumni Event in October 2016.

We believe that much can be gained from the practice and experiences of artists and gallerists, and with each edition of the Prize we aim to provide a series of high-quality educational programmes that will benefit anyone interested. Watch this space for news of future talks and programmes!

  1. Installation days


Above: Cynthia Corbett on site and getting excited for the preparation and installation of the Summer Exhibition, Showcase for Deborah Azzopardi & Young Masters, October 2016.

Like Cynthia in this photo, we’re very excited for this Summer’s exhibition! Mark your calendars — Young Masters returns to Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, from 2 – 14 October 2017.

  1. And finally the art is exhibited!


14Oct2015-YMD, PV photo by Cristina Schek (38)

Above: Amy Hughes and Matt Smith (right) at Sphinx Fine Art, 2014.

A wonderful display of art bringing together the past, present and future, our exhibitions are a culmination of paint, sweat and cheers. Nothing quite as satisfying as that. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gallery 8
8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN
Exhibition runs 19 – 24 June 2017
Private View: Tuesday 20 June, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Prize Giving: by invitation only

Featured image: Sandro Miller, Philippe Halsman/ Salvador Dali (1954), from the series “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich” 2014, pigment print.

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