Today, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is delighted to announce the four recipients of the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017: Jose Dávila, Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin. As recipients of the award, they will each receive a 13-week exhibition at BALTIC, opening on 30 June 2017, £25,000 to create new work and a £5,000 artist fee. This major new international award is the first worldwide art award to be judged solely by artists.
Four of the most celebrated international contemporary artists - Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Lorna Simpson - have each selected an emerging artist whose work they strongly believe in. The four winning artists, working across a diverse range of media
The exhibition will provide a vital opportunity for those selected to have their work seen by tens of thousands of
visitors, to work with BALTIC’s curators and be supported by a high-profile artist.
Public visitors to this seminal exhibition of new works will be able to vote for the artists’ presentation they have the greatest connection to. This will inform an additional legacy commission project enabling a deeper engagement between one of the artists and local communities in Gateshead to be announced in autumn 2018.