Agnes Scherer has been selected by the judges to be the winner of the inaugural Nigel Greenwood Art Prize.
Ben Rivers has been selected by the judges to be the winner of the Nigel Greenwood Research award.
A huge congratulations to both artists.
The judges for the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize 2015 were:
Marc Camille Chaimowicz, artist
Adrian Searle, chief art critic of The Guardian
Corin Sworn, artist
Charles Asprey, publisher
Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire
Carol Gorner, artist and founder of the Gordon Burn Trust
Overall judges statement:
‘ Agnes Scherer’s proposal, involving an opera, intrigued and frightened us. And together we agreed it’s good to be a bit scared. She was unknown to all of us, but is clearly an authentic talent and we are excited by the idea of bringing her imagination, and a bit of Düsseldorf, to the Borders and vice versa. We’re not sure what will happen when she is there but we are looking forward to finding out. Ben Rivers is an artist who has received several awards recently and deservedly so. His practice is one that draws both imaginatively and practically from time spent in remote locations and he proposed to use the opportunity to edit his new film. This was a very practical request that we felt the award should assist with. We put it to the Nigel Greenwood Prize that a new ‘research’ award be created just for him and all credit to them for agreeing. ‘
‘ The judging panel were delighted to select Agnes for the inaugural Nigel Greenwood Prize. We were really drawn to Agnes’ idiosyncratic artistic voice and vision, and felt she would make the most of the opportunity of such a distinctive award and residency. ‘
‘ I sadly never met Nigel Greenwood but his legacy is palpable; perhaps now more than ever. His influence is informing the key discussions and creative output in today’s UK art scene. This prize honours him. ‘
A huge thank you also to the nominators who were invited by the prize’s advisory panel to anonymously put forward six artists. They were:
Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of the Royal Academy Schools
Polly Staple, Director of the Chisenhale Gallery
Peter Doig, artist
Alessandro Vincentelli, Curator of Exhibitions & Research
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Paul Nesbitt, Director and Curator, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden
Michael Landy, artist
Thank you to everyone who has supported the prize in our first year. We have had input in so many diverse ways from an unbelievable group of people. It has been hugely touching to experience the depth of fondness and admiration that people, whether they knew him personally or the gallery, continue to have for Nigel Greenwood. It has been equally rewarding to be validated in wanting to support people by giving them funds, encouragement and time in a beautiful place to work. We look forward to hosting Agnes and Ben. And congratulations too to the other nominees, all deservedly selected and championed.