Winner of Dentons Art Prize announced

Katharine Lazenby, Untitled, 2018

Winner of Dentons Art Prize announced

London, 20 June 2018 – Katharine Lazenby has won the 5th Dentons Art Prize of £5,000, awarded by Dentons, the global law firm.

Special commendations were also given to Freya Douglas Morris and Fiona G Roberts, who was also awarded the Staff Prize, as voted for by Dentons employees.

The Dentons Art Prize winners were chosen by a panel of expert independent judges:

Anj Smith, Artist
David Roberts, Collector, Founder of David Roberts Art Foundation
Patrick Morey Burrows, Founder, Art Source

Dentons is collaborating with curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw to host a biannual prize for the most exciting emerging contemporary artists. One artist is selected from the shortlist by an expert panel of independent judges for a £5,000 prize and our previous panels have included artists Richard Wentworth, Susan Hiller, Mark Titchner and Michael Landy, gallerists Neil Wenman, Simon Lee and Maureen Paley, curators Ziba Ardalan, Ellen Grieg and Carrie Scott and collector Valeria Napoleone. As part of the initiative, the shortlisted artists display their work at Dentons London offices, are given access to expert pro bono legal advice. Dentons is committed to supporting promising artists as they progress in their careers and values the vibrant and responsive insights on both local and global culture that they provide. The initiative gives the Dentons community the opportunity to engage with the artworks through a series of booklets, artist talks and events. Previous winners of the Dentons Art Prize include Alzbeta Jaresova (A/W17), Paresha Amin (S/S17), Alexandra Lethbridge (A/W16) and Aimee Parrott (S/S16).

Katharine Lazenby
Freya Douglas Morris
Fiona G Roberts
Shortlisted Artists: John Sheehy, Victor Seaward, Fleur Yearsley, Coco Crampton, Donal Moloney, Fiona G Roberts, Minyoung Choi, Fiona Gourlay, Mircea Teleaga, Jay Price, Freya Douglas Morris, Katharine Lazenby and Dominic Dispirito
The Dentons Art Prize has now established a vibrant community of artists, art world professionals and collectors. Over 75 artists have been shortlisted for the award and £25,000 has been given directly to 5 promising early career artists. The award has gained great prestige since its inception with coverage in the Times and Art Review among others.

Dentons Art Prize winners continue to go from strength to strength. Our inaugural winner Aimee Parrott has had solo exhibitions at Pippy Houldsworth and Breese Little, two top London galleries, and to win the Exeter Contemporary award. Alexandra Lethbridge has exhibited in New York, Copenhagen, Moscow and London since winning and was shortlisted for the ING Unseen Talent Award. Paresha Amin had a major commission with Hospital Rooms to create a bespoke artwork for a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for women in Maudsley Hospital. Alzbeta Jaresova has lately been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant and currently has a solo exhibition at Velorose Gallery in London. Other notable Dentons Art Prize alumni include Jonathan Trayte who has an upcoming solo show in New York and has been exhibited at Christies and the Whitechapel Gallery this year, Phoebe Boswell who won a special commission of $20,000 as part of the prestigious Future Generation Art Prize, which is exhibited at the Pinchuk Centre in the Ukraine and the Venice Biennale and Sophie Clements who has had a major video work exhibited at the Barbican and funded by Arts Council England.

“Dentons is committed to doing all we can to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live.  The Dentons Art Prize furthers this ethos by supporting talented and diverse artists and providing them with a forum where they can showcase their work to our clients, staff and world-renowned judges.  We have been consistently impressed with the calibre of artists who have taken part in the Dentons Art Prize so far and look forward to welcoming more artists into our offices for future competitions.”

Lucille De Silva, Partner, Dentons

Tamsin Relly
Dentons Art Prize & Hospital Rooms
Numerous Dentons Art Prize artists and judges have also gone on to work with Hospital Rooms, a charity co-founded by the curators of the award Niamh White and Tim A Shaw.

Hospital Rooms transforms challenging clinical environments in mental health hospitals with extraordinary art. We bring together exemplary artists with some of our most isolated members of society to make radically new,  imaginative and rejuvenative spaces for people to recover in.

Dentons Art Prize artists Sophie Clements, Michael O’Reilly, Aimee Parrott, Tamsin Relly, Nengi Omuku, Paresha Amin and Sara Naim have worked with Hospital Rooms in a diverse range of mental health settings, including psychiatric intensive care, dementia care, rehabilitation and adolescent mental health care, to bring great art to vulnerable and sidelined groups.

Nengi Omuku
Enquiries: niamh@niamh-white.com / +44 (0) 7427141245
Website: www.niamh-white.com/dentons-art-prize-ss-17
Address: Dentons, 1 Fleet Place, London, EC4 7RA

Dentons: Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Niamh White and Tim A Shaw : Curator Niamh White & artist Tim A Shaw collaborate on a number of creative projects in London and the UK. They have co-founded Hospital Rooms, a charity that commissions museum quality artists to create inventive, compelling and compliant artworks and environments for mental health units in NHS hospitals. Hospital Rooms works with artists such as Nick Knight, Gavin Turk and Assemble and is funded by Arts Council England and the Isabella Blow Foundation among others.

Niamh White is an independent visual arts curator and consultant. She has curated a broad range of exhibitions for museums, institutions and galleries including Cabinet Stories with UAL, Papaver Rhoeas at Kew Gardens, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Freud Museum among others and The Pierrot Project at Display Gallery. She is a visiting lecturer at various universities across the UK in the fields of art history, collecting and exhibition making.

Tim A Shaw is a London based artist who has had recent exhibitions in the USA and Europe. His latest projects include Dismantling Maslow’s Pyramid, a participatory time-based installation and salon event at Bethlem Gallery that is part of a King’s College ‘Collaborative Innovation Scheme’ and Refuge, a solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery. Through Hospital Rooms, Tim created a large scale mural to transform the SWLSTG Recovery College and programmed participatory arts workshops for their students.

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