Kleinwort Hambros emerging artist prize 2021
The Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize was originally launched in 2019 to reward the work of a contemporary artist selected from across the UK. This year, in recognition of the challenging economic and social environment, as well as acknowledging the wealth of talent in the UK, Kleinwort Hambros has decided to reward three artists, rather than one.
The award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate artists who have been active on the art scene and whose career would benefit from the visibility and financial support provided by the Prize. The candidates are British nationals or UK based, 35 years or under, and with a body of work that shows significant originality and coherence. The 15 candidates will be nominated by five talented curators from institutions across the UK.
This initiative complements our nationwide approach to serving clients, with an active presence in key regions, including London, Newbury, Cambridge, Leeds and Edinburgh. It also reinforces our vision to be a leading responsible bank for client service and expertise, driven by creativity and innovation.
This award is the only art prize from a private bank to recognise emerging contemporary artists from across the UK. It complements our nationwide approach to serving clients. It also reinforces our position as a forward-thinking bank, driven by creativity and innovation.
The 15 short-listed artists will be judged by a prestigious panel comprising Fiona Bradley, Aurélie Deplus, Andrew Nairne, Sarah Brown and Melanie Keen
The jury will choose the three winners, who will then be announced in April.
Meet our jury
Fruit Market 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. Fiona 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.
Fiona has been a member of different juries such as the Turner Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2007. Fiona 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. Fiona was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in 2018.
Head of Contemporary Art Collection and Sponsorship
Société Générale, Paris
Aurelie Deplus has been responsible for Public Relations since 2017, and for the Contemporary Art Collection and Cultural Projects since 2013, for the Societe Generale Group
Previously, Aurelie 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.
Aurelie Deplus is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Commerce, the Société Française des Analystes Financiers and received a Master of Arts at Christie’s.
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 led the £11 million re-development 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.
Melanie Keen is Director of the Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Opened in 2007, and inspired by the medical objects collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art.
Prior to joining the Wellcome Collection ,Melanie was Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. Previous to this Melanie was a senior manager at Arts Council England. She has participated in international conferences including the March Meeting 2016, Sharjah, Curating the International Diaspora, Asia Culture Centre and ICF, South Korea. Melanie acts as Independent Advisor to the Government Art Collection, sits on the British Council’s Visual Arts Advisory Group and in 2018 participated in the Mayor of London’s Suffrage Commission Group. She is also part of the Leonardo Group for Science Gallery, London.
Leeds Art Gallery
Sarah Brown has led Leeds Art Gallery as Principal Keeper overseeing all aspects of the artistic programme and was responsible for the capital refurbishment leading the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery in 2017. As one of the founding members of Yorkshire Sculpture International she has contributed to establishing the major festival celebrating the history, presentation and commissioning of sculpture launching in 2019.
In 2019 she was a judge for the Paul Hamlyn Award and the Hepworth Sculpture Prize and has chaired the Northern Art Prize celebrating artists living and working in the North. She has curated numerous exhibitions, working with UK and international artists, commissioning new work and is responsible for major acquisitions for one of the strongest collections of sculpture in the UK in partnership with The Henry Moore Institute.
Sarah studied a BA History of Art at School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, (University of London) and completed an MA Museology at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, (University of East Anglia).
Meet our nominators
Chisenhale Gallery, London
Dr Zoé Whitley is Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London and an award-winning curator and writer. In 2019, she curated Cathy Wilkes’ British Council commission in the British Pavilion, at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia. Prior to this, she was Curator, International Art at Tate Modern (2014-2019) where she co-curated Tate Modern’s acclaimed 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She is also co-curator, with Nancy Ireson, of the Barnes Foundation's 2020 exhibition Elijah Pierce's America.
Artes Mundi, Cardiff
Melissa Hinkin is the curator at Artes Mundi. Since her appointment in 2012 she has supported three large-scale editions of the biennial exhibition and prize held at the National Museum Cardiff and Chapter. She has curated several projects at the arts organization including the seminar series Dialogues on Conflict in partnership with universities and galleries across Wales, and produced Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself, a live audio essay by Lawrence Abu-Hamdan as part of Wales Millennium Centre inaugural Festival of Voice. As an independent producer, she has supported many projects and is currently producing The Rejoinders, an investigative, experimental curatorial and research project network between Wales and India.
Head of Exhibitions
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Eoin Dara is an Irish curator based in Scotland working as Head of Exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts, or DCA
Recent curatorial work includes new commissions and publishing projects with artists Margaret Salmon, Patrick Staff, Emma Talbot and Alberta Whittle and writers CAConrad, Quinn Latimer, Christina Sharpe and Isabel Waidner. In his previous position as Curator at the MAC in Belfast, Dara staged major exhibition projects such as ‘Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place’. He has recently worked on juries and selection committees for Hayward Gallery, Glasgow International, LUX, and the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
A former student of the University of Edinburgh, Dara is also an alumnus of the ICI Curatorial Intensive programme. He was previously a director of Catalyst Arts, and a co-founder of the Household curatorial collective.
Site Gallery, Sheffield
Angelica is a curator and writer with 13 years of experience working in contemporary art spaces. Supporting and providing a platform for underrepresented artists is at the core of her curatorial practice, which focuses on connections between people, science fiction, touch, empathy, community, collaboration, labour and intersectionality.
Throughout her career she has worked closely with artists to develop nuanced and complex exhibitions and commissions, whilst embedding diversity and accessibility into everything she does. Angelica previously worked at Nottingham Contemporary and in 2015 completed the Young Curators Residency Programme at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2014 having previously worked at the University of the Arts London and Gallery Primo Alonso.
Spike Island, Bristol
Robert Leckie is Director of Spike Island in Bristol. Prior to this he was Curator and Head of Programmes at Gasworks in London from 2011 to 2018. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and the University of the Arts in London, and has written for Afterall, Rhizome and Mousse, among other publications.
Three artists to be rewarded by a prestigious judging panel comprising Fiona Bradley, Aurélie Deplus, Andrew Nairne,...