Kleinwort Hambros reveals winner of its inaugural Emerging Artist Prize


Award demonstrates support for UK emerging artists

1 March – Kleinwort Hambros, one of the UK’s leading private bank and wealth managers, is pleased to announce Evan Ifekoya as the winner of the inaugural Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize.

The Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize was launched to recognise and reward rising talent in contemporary art across the UK.    Artists aged up to 35 who made an original artistic contribution in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, digital, installation art, drawing and video, were nominated by independent experts from the UK contemporary art scene. 

Five finalists were selected for their individual art projects and contribution to the emerging art scene.  These included Larry Achiampong, Rebecca Ackroyd, Evan Ifekoya, Liam Crichton and Freya Dooley.

London-based Evan Ifekoya was chosen as the winner in recognition of the creative originality and urgency of her artistic output, exploring issues of gender, community and identity through complex art installations, performance, sound and video work.

Ifekoya was announced at an exclusive gala dinner on 27 February, having been selected by a prestigious jury comprising of Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Clare 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 Aurelie Deplus, Head of Contemporary Art Sponsorship at Societe Generale.

Commenting on the news, Paul Kearney, Head of Private Banking at Kleinwort Hambros, said: “We are thrilled to reveal Evan as the winner of our first UK contemporary art award.  All the finalists were of a very high calibre, but Evan’s work stood out to the jury for its originality and dynamic practice that encompasses video, installation, sound and live performance.”

“Along with our parent company, Societe Generale, who has been an active patron of Contemporary Art for over 20 years, we recognise the importance of supporting and raising visibility for up and coming artists at this critical stage.  We are therefore delighted to have been able to create this platform for an emerging artist on a nationwide basis.”

Evan Ifekoya said: “Winning this award has come as a huge surprise and honour. I’m grateful to Melanie Keen for the nomination and continued support of my work. Thank you to the judges for believing in my voice and deciding it worthy of investing in. The biggest thanks goes to KH for providing this incredibly important prize.  I’m looking forward to putting this money towards building a sustainable practice. To be sitting in a room with peers I respect and admire, Larry Achiampong, Freya Dooley and Joy Labinjo to name a few, helps me know that we are all part of a really special moment in time!”


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