The Catlin Prize is in its eighth year and has become a renown showcase for recent graduate and postgraduate artists. Seven finalists selected from The Catlin Guide 2014 by curator Justin Hammon have been commissioned to present their work a the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch. The three judges of the panel this year are Will Jarvis (co-director of The Sunday Painter), art writer Coline Milliard and artist Mark Wallinger. The award winner will be announced on May 14th at a private ceremony and receive £5,000.
Visitors can also vote for their favourite artist in dedicated ballots at the exhibition space or online. The winner of the Visitor Vote will receive £2,000. You have until 1pm on Wednesday May 14th, 2014. My vote went to Virgile Ittah with the installation Echoue au seuil de la raison (Failed|aground at the threshold of reason). Two ghostly figures are on the edge of antique cast iron beds, unbalanced. The walls covered with wax drips give the impression of entering a padded room giving a form of softness to the scene that mainly enhances the sensation of fragility conveyed by the idea of an imminent fall. This very impactful installation instantly got my vote.
The Catlin Prize, Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London, until May 22nd, 2014