Introduction by Cynthia Corbett, Founder and Director of the Young Masters Art Prize

“The Young Masters Art Prize was founded in 2009 because I felt at the time it was important to not only nurture young artistic talent but to reflect upon the past in these uncertain economic and political times. Eight years later, this endeavour is even more crucial.


Our 2017 edition has proved to be the most successful Young Masters to date. The call for entries was answered by over 775 artists, by far a record! With the assistance of the dedicated team of judges and staff, we selected 18 artists and 10 ceramicists to exhibit their work in London, showcasing this incredible shortlist in the heart of London’s prestigious art district St James’s. This selection is extremely diverse; the artists come from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The youngest artist is 24 and the oldest was born in 1948. A Young Master does not have to be of a young chronological age, and the initiative supports any artist, regardless of age, gender or nationality, providing they have the talent and the relationship with the past in their work. This means that Young Masters is unique.”

Young Masters Art Prize 2017 Exhibition Film

Music & Sound design by Edwin Hind / Concrete and Green. Video by Agnese Gutovska

Young Masters Art Prize Shortlist:

Amartey Golding | Antoine Schneck | Asya Reznikov | Azita MoradkhaniCarole FreemanDavid Piddock Isabelle van Zeijl | John PhillipsLars Reiffers | Laura Hospes | Liane LangLiron Kroll Lucy Beecher Nelson | Sasha Bowles Sheila Rock | Stephen Snoddy | Tamara Al Mashouk Yuehan Pan |

The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize Shortlist:
Amber Zuber, Andrew CastoAntonie EikemansGrant AstonIrina Razumovskaya, Katie Spragg, Lauren Nauman, Lucille Lewin, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Tessa Eastman.

Guest Artist: Gordon Cheung


Dates: 19 – 24 June
Gallery 8
8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN
Private View: Tuesday 20 June, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Prize Giving: Wednesday 21 June, 6.30 – 9pm

Supported by: Art Installation Services, Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), The Artist’s Collecting Society, Brownhill, Chris Blatchley, James and Maylis Grand, G4SI Logistics, Lamport Gilbert Ltd.

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