We would like to extend our gratitude to all the talented artists who submitted their work for consideration this year. We were overwhelmed by the diversity and caliber of the submissions, making the decision process a challenging one for our esteemed panel of judges.
After careful deliberation, we are delighted to announce the recipients of the Andrew Stewart Artists Award. The winner for sculpture is Alana Lake using traditional materials, with a sense of fun and fluid mediums which correspondingly work into the art. Additionally, we would like to recognise Andrea Christodoulides as the winner for painting, whose work is bold, energetic and has a use of experimentation with sound and animation.
Furthermore, we acknowledge the talent of our four short-list artists, Olga Konoshchuk, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Rebecca Styles, and Izzy Thomson. Each brought a distinct artistic voice and vision to their respective disciplines. We commend their artistic achievements and express our appreciation for their outstanding contributions.
The exhibition will take place between 26th August and 30th September 2023, and as the event draws closer, we will provide you with further details. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do contact the gallery on 01423 709108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am deeply invested in exploring the complexities of the world around us, and the ways in which we navigate and make sense of the intersections between dreams and reality’. Through painting as an expanded medium, which includes collage, textiles and drawings, Andrea works with the different possibilities of how painting materialises and grows in space, often taking sculptural qualities as the fabrics create their own space. She is also experimenting with sound, video and stop motion, which we are excited to see more from the artist.
Alana studied BA (Hons) Photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth between 2001-2004, and later at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools, London undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from 2006-2009. Living and working in Berlin, Lake has developed the artistic practice through a Research Scholarship awarded by The Senate Department for Culture and Europe in Berlin (2022), the Studio Funding Award given by Atelierbüro im Kulturwerk des BBK Berlin (2021-2024), the NEUSTART KULTUR (DIGITAL) funding from BBK Bundesverband (2021), and the Project Space & Initiatives Award granted by The Senate Department for Culture and Europe in Berlin (2018).
Now Lake lives and works in Salford, undertaking a practice-led PhD at Manchester School of Art. “My current research project ‘Reshaping Taboo; Addiction, desire and queer embodiment in glass and ceramic’ interrogates materials potential to embody lived experience through an autoethnographic sculptural practice approach rooted in queer phenomenology, expanded Freudian drive theory and wider intersectional discourse”.
Once again, we extend our appreciation to all the artists who participated in the Andrew Stewart Artists Award and to our esteemed panel of judges who dedicated their time and expertise to review the submissions.
The Andrew Stewart Artists Award 2023.