Join us for the announcement of the winner of the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize 2016 on June 21st at 7pm at CHELSEAspace, 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU.
We are hugely honoured that the gallery is currently hosting an intimate and atmospheric archival exhibition revisiting the ground-breaking Nigel Greenwood gallery. The show will be open on June 21st until 8pm.

Thank you to Marc Camille Chaimowicz, David Tremlett, Joel Fisher, Keith Milow and David Lamelas who have all contributed to the show.

The exhibition has been organised to co-incide with Tate Britain’s current show Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 – 1979 which features material from the Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd archive. Tate Britain is located next door to CHELSEAspace.

Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd: running a Picture Gallery
CHELSEAspace, runs until July 13th 2016
Wed – Fri 11am – 5pm
16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU



















We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Nigel Greenwood Prize 2016.

The nominated artists are:

Maeve Brennan
Sara Mackillop
Katie Schwab
Josefine Reisch
Rafal Zajko

A huge thank you to our very esteemed nominators. They will remain anonymous until the winner is announced on June 21st at Chelsea Space. All welcome.

Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd
‘running a Picture Gallery’

Chelsea Space
16 John Islip Street, London, SW1 P4JU

Private view: Tuesday June 7th, 6-8.30pm



Reclining Drunk (An Ash Tray/Collapsed Bottle sculpture)

Gilbert & George
16 – 28 July 1973
Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd
41 Sloane Gardens, London SW1 8B

Ben Rivers: radio series Harmless Poisons, Blameless Sins on BBC Radio 4

Five short stories by Mohamed Mrabet, selected by Nigel Greenwood Art Prize 2015 awardee Ben Rivers, are to be read by Oualid Khelifi over the course of four evenings on BBC Radio 4. Mrabet’s stories were gathered, transcribed and translated by the American novelist Paul Bowles in the 1940s, eventually published in a series of anthologies. Selecting from the collections entitled M’Hashish and Harmless Poisons Blameless Sins, Rivers embeds the tales in a mosaic of sounds from the dramatic Moroccan landscape.

The series is soundtracked by Ben Rivers and Philippe Ciompi and produced by Russell Finch, Somethin’ Else, as part of Radio 4’s collaboration with Artangel to commission new works from British contemporary artists.

19:45 GMT
2 May – 6 May 2016

BBC Radio broadcasts throughout the UK on analogue, DAB digital Radio, digital television and online

BBC Radio 4 online
92-95 FM, 103-105 FM (with local variations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Long Wave at 198 LW

Thank you to the brilliant An Endless Supply for their gorgeous design of our little grey book. The booklet explains who we are, features archives images of Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd and looks back at Agnes Scherer’s residency, the inaugural prize artist to stay at the cottage and use the studio.
We have produced these to say thank you to people who have supported the prize so far.
If you would like to support the prize, please contact





We are hugely excited to announce that the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize 2016 is under way.

Our anonymous nominators have been selected and have put forward their candidates. We will be announcing the shortlist in mid-April.

And we are honoured to announce that this years judges are:

Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of the Royal Academy Schools

Peter Doig, artist

Alessandro Vincentelli, curator of Exhibitions & Research
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays

Paul Nesbitt, Director and curator, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden

Carol Gorner, Gordon Burn Trust

Catherine Lampert, independent curator and author

Frances Von Hofmannstahl, Editor and founder of Luncheon magazine

Once again, we have an unbelievable esteemed group of people involved. A huge thanks to everyone for time and support.

Thank you to Agnes Scherer for sending us such a kind note after her residency stay. In the end, she was in the studio for 3.5 months, we couldn’t have asked for a more brilliant or committed inaugural winner.

‘The Longformacus residency was a most special time for me. The wonderful lodging and studio drew me into a work flow, while the thrilling beauty of the Lammermuir Hills distracted me in the most welcome ways. The moor is a miracle, it is brimming with things when you feel empty, but also a silent vastness to overflow with your imagination. This timeless space is most inspiringly entangled with the exceptional contemporariness of the personalities behind the prize and house. I’m so proud to have been chosen for this experience.’
Agnes Scherer, November 2015




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View of the artist studio from the study by current resident, Agnes Scherer.


In 1971, Nigel Greenwood curated a site specific installation in London by artist Barry Le Va, titled Extended Vertex Meetings: Blocked: Blown Outwards. Details and images of the exhibit feature in a new essay on Barry Le Va’s work, The Clues and the Aftermath: Barry Le Va and Room 2 by Mike Maizels.

The essay features in Art Expanded, 1958-1978, the latest edition of the Walker Art Center’s online project, the Living Collections Catalogue. Innovative, elegant and scholarly – it is a must-read.

“Focusing on two of the most fervent and experimental decades in recent art history, Art Expanded, 1958–1978 delves into a transformational period when artists around the world collectively began to challenge, critique, and upend traditional media and disciplines. This second volume of the Living Collections Catalogue offers new critical histories of works in the Walker’s collections and provides deep access to its unique archival materials. New writings on Joseph Beuys, Lynda Benglis, Tony Conrad, Merce Cunningham, Fluxus, Barry La Va, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Rauschenberg, Jack Smith, and others testify to the era’s innovations and its unruly spirit of artistic reinvention.”


Barry Le Va installing Extended Vertex Meetings: Blocked: Blown Outward, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, 1971. Courtesy the Nigel Greenwood Gallery Archive, Tate Archive, London.



Agnes Scherer has begun her residency and sent us the most gorgeous note, which she kindly has said that we can reproduce:

‘This afternoon I arrived at the cottage. I’m absolutely speechless about how beautiful this place is and what an amazing working atmosphere it provides. I’m so happy to be here.’

She also has sent an outline of her operetta, Cupid and the Animals: Cycle of Laments and Educational Opera. It includes the most wonderful costume designs.

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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. ‘

Joe Scotland:

‘ 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. ‘

Charles Asprey:

‘ 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
Gateshead Quays

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.


It is with huge pleasure that we can announce the short-list for the inaugural Nigel Greenwood Art Prize.

The nominated artists are:

Ben Rivers

Luke McCreadie

Sarah Wright

Dominic from Luton

Agnes Scherer

Eoin Donnelly

The winner will be announced on Monday March 16th 2015.

Congratulations to all of the artists.

And a very special thank you to the six invited nominators who each put forward an artist. Their names will remain anonymous until after the winner announcement.

We are hugely honoured and delighted to announce that the judges for the inaugural Nigel Greenwood Art Prize are:

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, artist

Corin Sworn, artist

Charles Asprey, publisher and curator

Adrian Searle, writer and art critic

Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire

Carol Gorner, artist and founder of the Gordon Burn Trust

Six nominators have been invited to each put forward an artist and the short-list will be announced on March 2nd 2015.



We are very pleased to launch the Nigel Greenwood Prize website. Thank you to the amazing Paul Flannery.

The website design is based on original artwork designed for the Nigel Greenwood Gallery in 1985 by Marc Camille Chaimowicz. Thank you also to Marc for allowing us to work with his designs.

The judges and full details for the inaugural award will be announced here soon.