XL Catlin Art Prize 2016 / Read

Christopher Gray announced as winner of
XL Catlin Art Prize 2016
Jamie Fitzpatrick wins Visitor Vote

Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
Thursday 5th – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Filmmaker Christopher Gray has won the prestigious XL Catlin Art Prize 2016 for his latest work, Death by Chair. Using hand puppets made from latex chicken skin to replicate human flesh, Gray's video is set in a medieval torture chamber and explores the duality of fear and fascination evoked by violence. The award carries a prize of £5,000.

The expert panel of judges - acclaimed artist and former Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner; Senior Curator of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Helen Pheby PhD; and Vanessa Carlos, founder and director of Carlos/Ishikawa – praised the finalists for their commitment and the high quality of the work made for this year's exhibition.

Helen Pheby PhD comments, Christopher Gray's video is powerful and affecting. It's brilliantly conceived and realised, triggering questions around the brutal and brutalised. We were really impressed by the quality and diversity in this year's prize. It didn't make for easy judging, but it's an excellent signifier of how creative practice is thriving in the UK. On the evidence of this work, all of the shortlisted artists are definitely ones to watch.

Winner of the 2016 XL Catlin Art Prize, Christopher Gray, comments, I feel overwhelmed with happiness right now and amazed that I’ve won the prize. More than anything working with Justin Hammond has really helped me to develop as an artist. I have so much respect and admiration for the XL Catlin Prize; to win it is a massive honour for me and it’s built up my confidence as an artist. The work I do is quite controversial and to get this support is a really big thing. This piece is to do with fictional violence and I have been looking in mainstream cinema and how it’s quite prolific. Society to a large extent has become de-sensitised to violence.  Once you put violence in a different context, you become sensitive to it again. If you look at the level of violence in the film there’s a lot more in cinema which doesn’t shock nearly as much as it does in the form of puppets.  I think I’m still in shock!

Visitors to the XL Catlin Art Prize have also been able to take part in selecting their favourite artist. Jamie Fitzpatrick was named the winner of the Visitor Vote and takes away the £2,000 award in an extremely close-run contest.

The exhibition remains open to the public until 7pm on Sunday 22nd May at Londonewcastle Project Space. Curated by Justin Hammond, the XL Catlin Art Prize provides a platform for the most promising art graduates in the UK and is now established as an important showcase for early-career artists, providing them with the opportunity to realise ambitious and exciting new projects. Finalists have been selected from the annual XL Catlin Art Guide for their potential to make an impact in the art world over the next decade and beyond.

This year's full list of finalists is: Rory Biddulph (Slade School of Fine Art, MA Fine Art), Jude Crilly (Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture), Jamie Fitzpatrick, (Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture), Christopher Gray (Goldsmiths, BA Fine Art & History of Art), Jane Hayes Greenwood (City & Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art), Hamish Pearch (Camberwell College of Arts, BA Sculpture) and Neal Rock (Royal College of Art, PhD Painting by Practice).

Notes to Editors

Title: XL Catlin Art Prize 2016

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 5th – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Location: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm
                         Tuesday 17th May, 11am – 4pm

Admission: Free

Getting there: Londonewcastle is located just off Shoreditch High Street. The nearest underground stations are Old Street (on the Northern line), Liverpool Street (on the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines) and Shoreditch High Street (on the London overground). The nearest rail station is London Liverpool Street.

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XL Catlin Art Prize

Celebrating its 10th year in 2016, the XL Catlin Art Prize is an annual event showcasing the most promising art school graduates one year on from their degree exhibitions. The Art Prize is sponsored by XL Catlin and is unique in providing the artists with the time and opportunity to develop their practice, encouraging them to demonstrate their progress by producing a new body of work to be exhibited at Londonewcastle Project Space. The finalists are selected from the XL Catlin Art Guide and are considered to be producing work of an outstanding quality, which demonstrates their capacity to make a significant mark in the art world during the next decade. The author of the XL Catlin Art Guide and curator of the XL Catlin Art Prize is the independent curator and art writer Justin Hammond. For more information, please see www.xlcatlinart.com.

XL Catlin

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XL Catlin Art Guide

Now in its 7th edition, the XL Catlin Art Guide is an annual publication which also acts as a longlist for the XL Catlin Art Prize. It is available to buy for £12.99 from Waterstones, and selected booksellers.

All enquiries, high res images and further information:

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The Guide / Read

The XL Catlin Art Guide is a limited edition collection of artist profiles, introducing the most promising new graduate artists in the UK. Printed annually, each edition exhibits the artists' latest work and an interview discussing forthcoming projects and future aspirations.

The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 will be launched at The London Art Fair on 20 January 2016, alongside work by many of the featured artists. The artists are selected for their work shown in the most recent series of BA, MA and PG Dip final exhibitions where they demonstrate ambition, skill and integrity. The XL Catlin Art Guide is distributed throughout the art industry and over the last seven years has developed an excellent reputation as an accurate and exciting overview of new British art. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high profile shows.

The print run remains strictly limited, and we anticipate many collectors rushing to secure a copy at launch. However, the Guide will be available to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and selected art bookshops.

Download an XL Catlin Guide


The Prize / Read

The XL Catlin Art Prize gives talented young artists who have recently graduated from UK art schools the opportunity to showcase their work professionally and win a significant monetary award towards their future development.

From the Guide, a small number of artists are selected as finalists for the Prize and are invited to present a new body of work at the XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition, held 12 months on from graduation. Finalist selection is based on the standard of their work and their potential to make a significant mark in the art world over the course of their early careers.


The Artists / Read

Each year the XL Catlin Art Guide showcases the most promising new graduate artists in the UK. A smaller group of finalists are then selected  and are invited to produce a new body of work at the XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition in May.

Find out about the 2015 Artists selected for the Catlin Art Prize:


Insuring Art / Read

XL Catlin's relationship with art can be traced back over two decades. Today, our Fine Art and Specie team insures some of the most important galleries, art collections and dealers in the UK and worldwide. One of the most important aspects of our work is building strong relationships with clients so that we are effectively working together as a team to protect livelihoods and priceless assets.

We really do care about art. Our underwriting and claims teams are immersed in the art world; they understand the value of each piece to its artist and owner on an emotional level as well as on a market level.

We seek to insure art because we know how devastating a loss can be, whether through theft, fire, flood or accidental damage. Our ambition is to ensure that works of art live on to be enjoyed by future generations.

One way we can help to protect and promote the art industry in the UK is to support the next generation of emerging artists. It's possible that some of the works featured in The XL Catlin Art Guide and created for the XL Catlin Art Prize could be part of the collections we insure in the future.

Contact Charlotte Wilson, Underwriter at XL Catlin, to find out how we can help you.

XL Catlin's art collection

XL Catlin has a growing art collection, most of which is displayed in and around our London office. In some cases we have purchased pieces that were the subject of a claim and have slight damage, with the purpose of allowing those works to be enjoyed by our own staff and visitors to XL Catlin.