Have you heard the news?
Claire Meadows, Editor in Chief & Founder of After Nyne Magazine, describes:
“We’re delighted to be partnering with this year’s edition of the Young Masters Art Prize. One of our founding principles at After Nyne is our dedication to supporting the work of rising artists. We believe we’ve found a kindred spirit in the Young Masters Art Prize, the judging panels are of the highest calibre and we look forward to providing support through exclusive features, social media coverage and much more.”
Cynthia tell us about the process that led to the founding of the Young Masters Art Prize.
I had felt for a long time that there was a strong need for the art historical canon to be reflected in the voice of contemporary art and artists. In 2009 I decided that the way to introduce this concept was through an art prize that would bring together artists working across different genres who were united through the same theme.
What is the central ethos of the Young Masters Art Prize?
It’s a celebration of all aspects of art history through the eyes of international contemporary artists.
What makes it different to other art prizes?
The prize is open to all ages, backgrounds and cultures and it is cross-disciplinary. It’s the link to art history that holds this diversity together.
Why did you decide to add to the original remit of the Prize with the Ceramics Prize in 2014?
Because the prize celebrates uniqueness, technical skill, originality and in some instances craftsmanship, it naturally lent itself to ceramics. We have always had ceramic entries for the prize, but when we started work on the third edition in 2014 one of my collectors approached me and suggested setting up a separate strand for ceramics, which she would support. From there the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize was born.
Why is it important to you to nurture women in the arts? Do you think enough organisations do this?
It’s important because women in the creative industries face different challenges to men, and these are not just to do with having children. Even things like the lack of networks available for women have an impact.
Now is the time for us to hear a different voice – a female voice – more strongly in the arts. It’s a way of celebrating in today’s world how far women have come while still recognising that there’s a long way to go, especially internationally. Women have challenges throughout their lives that are different to men’s – from when they’re going through the education system to beginning their professional careers. It’s important to identify these challenges and assist where possible; I don’t think enough is being done by organisations.
What is exciting you most about this year’s Prize?
I have to say the extraordinary reaction to the initiative internationally. The response has been overwhelming from every continent and across all different genres. We have also had an unprecedented number of entries from female artists.
Finally, what would be your words of inspiration to anyone taking part in the year’s Prize?
It’s not about winning, it’s about participating. Be open to all influences and to meeting different people, be they other artists or the audience created for the prize, and the opportunities will hopefully come during and after. Be aware of what the opportunities are and grasp them with open arms!
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