The exhibition of 111 paintings and sculptures – selected from more than 3,500 entries – shows off an incredible range of figurative and representational art.
Chosen by a panel of judges including art critic Laura Gascoigne and curator at The Coultauld Gallery Dr Barnaby Wright – all the pieces are available to buy.
Highlights include the vivid greenery of Lucy Thallon‘s Undergrowth and the thrashing waves of Sax Impey‘s seascape After the Dawn.
Patrick Blower uses glass panelling to portray The Shard in an intimidating fashion and Ghazaleh Avarzamani mixes embroidery and patchwork to depict the intermingling of cultures with a quilt called Plot I/Anglo Persian.
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The sculptural entries are equally characterful. A giant turkey carved from bronze by Emma Broughton contrasts dramatically with its neighbour – a tiny bronze lump of ‘chewing gum’ entitled Modern Pearl by creator Kate Ive.
Running since 2008, two artists, Clare McCormack and Lisa Wright, have scooped the £30,000 award this year. Clare won with Dead Labour/Dead Labourer – a portrait of her grandfather cut from scaffolding – and Lisa raced to victory with a portrait exploring the awkwardness of adolescence named The Guilty’s Gaze on the Innocent.