Kleinwort Hambros launches innovative Emerging Artist Prize to recognise rising talent in UK Contemporary Art
The initiative rewards the work of a UK artist aged up to 35 who has made an original artistic contribution in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, digital, installation art, drawing and video.
Artists from all regions across the UK have been nominated by independent experts from the UK contemporary art scene. A jury made up of prestigious names, including Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Claire Lilley, Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard at the University of Cambridge, Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery and Aurélie Deplus, Head of Contemporary Art Sponsorship at Societe Generale, will then select five finalists. The final jury decision will be announced at a gala event in February 2019.
This initiative demonstrates our ambition to become a patron of the arts in the UK and a forward-thinking private bank interested in creativity and innovation. This also fits with our UK regional presence which we started to build over 10 years ago and supporting young local artists is another way to show our commitment to these regions.
Curator Societe Generale Collection, Paris
Aurélie Deplus has been the Public Relations Manager for the Societe Generale's Group since September 2017 and the Philanthropy Manager since December 2013. Previously, Aurélie was in charge of communication for the Financing Division of Corporate and Investment Banking at Societe Generale, a position she held since January 2008. She began her career in 1993 as a financial analyst at HSBC, then moved to Crédit Lyonnais and Close Brothers. She joined Societe Generale's Corporate and Investment Banking in 2001 as an M&A and Corporate Financial Analyst and then on Financial Institutions. Aurélie Deplus is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Commerce, the Société Française des Analystes Financiers and educated at Christie's Education.
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Hans Ulrich Obrist
Director Serpentine Galleries, London
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 300 shows.
In 2011 Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals.
His recent publications include Mondialité, Somewhere Totally Else, Ways of Curating,The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.
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Director Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Fiona Bradley has an MA in art history from Cambridge University and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute London. She started her curatorial career at Tate Liverpool and the Hayward Gallery, London, and has been Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh since 2003. She has curated exhibitions and produced publications with numerous important Scottish and international artists. In 2011 she commissioned Martin Creed's award-winning Work 1059, and was the curator for Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Biennale with an exhibition of the work of Karla Black. She has been a member of differents juries such as the Turner Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2007. She currently sits on the Imperial War Museum’s Contemporary Commissioning Committee, the Freelands Foundation Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Selection Committee for the British Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale. She was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in 2018.
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Director of Programme Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
Clare Lilley is Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which in 2014 was awarded UK Museum of the Year. Her recent curated and published works include Ai Weiwei, Shirin Neshat, Giuseppe Penone, Bill Viola among more others. She is curator of Frieze Sculpture, London (2012-18); and Jaume Plensa in San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (2015). Clare sits on the Advisory Committee of the Government Art Collection, London, and on the boards of Site Gallery, Sheffield and Art UK, London. She is an invited member of the UK Women Leaders in Museums Network, is a nominator for the Nasher Sculpture Prize, Texas and has nominated or judged a number of prizes. Clare has presented many papers internationally. She authored the introductory essay for Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art, published by Phaidon Vitamin C in 2017 and is an advisor for Thames & Hudson’s 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, 2018. Clare regularly appears in national and international media to comment on contemporary art, art in the public realm, and the role of the museum in society.
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Director Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Andrew Nairne has been Director of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, since 2011. He is a former Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts and Modern Art Oxford. He has worked with numerous UK and international artists. In the 1980s and 1990s, as a curator in Glasgow, he organised exhibitions with artists from Eastern Europe and supported the rise of a new generation of British artists.
Andrew Nairne led the £11m redevelopment of Kettle’s Yard, which reopened in February 2018. Recent exhibitions have included Actions. The image of the world can be different, Antony Gormley SUBJECT and Julie Mehretu: Drawings and Monotypes.
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See below the list of the 15 artists selected for the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize.
- Christopher James Burns
- Evan Ifekoya
- France-Lise McGurn
- Freya Dooley
- Georgia Lucas Going
- Helouise O’Reilly
- Henry Driver
- Joel Weaver
- Joy Labinjo
- Larry Achiampong
- Liam Crichton
- Lindsey Mendick
- Lisa Denyer
- Rachel Adams
- Rebecca Ackroyd
Kleinwort Hambros has commissioned the specialist art consultancy firm, ArtFlow agency, to advise on the creation and production of this prize.
The Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize follows the successful and very well-received launch of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize by Societe Generale Private Bank in April 2018.
Supporting Contemporary Art for over 20 years
Within the UK a long-standing corporate partnership with the Victoria & Albert museum has seen the bank act as main sponsor for two flagship exhibitions in ‘Botticelli Reimagined’ and ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’. The bank is the first sponsor to have supported two of the gallery’s flagship exhibitions in successive years. Societe Generale is also a corporate partner of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The bank’s head office in Paris is home to a diverse contemporary art collection (photography, paintings, sculptures, lithography, etc), which embodies the Group's support of artistic creation around the world. The development of the Collection went hand in hand with a desire to share contemporary art with the wider public, especially children. Guided tours, educational workshops, artistic projects and a growing visibility on social media all contribute to this commitment.