This year’s finalists are: Rory Biddulph (Slade School of Fine Art, MA Fine Art), Jude Crilly (Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture), Jamie Fitzpatrick, (Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture), Christopher Gray (Goldsmiths, BA Fine Art & History of Art), Jane Hayes Greenwood (City & Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art), Hamish Pearch (Camberwell College of Arts, BA Sculpture) and Neal Rock (Royal College of Art, PhD Painting by Practice).
Selected from the annual XL Catlin Art Guide for their potential to make an impact in the art world over the next decade and beyond, each finalist is commissioned to produce an ambitious new body of work.
A panel of judges will select one artist to receive an award of £5,000 at a private ceremony on Tuesday 17th May. The public will also have its say: votes cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space will determine the winner of the £2,000 Visitor Vote. For the first time, the Visitor Vote will remain open until thirty minutes before the winner is announced.
Justin Hammond, curator of the XL Catlin Art Prize and author of the XL Catlin Art Guide comments, "Over the past decade, these projects have risen in stature and proved significant in promoting a new generation of artists. This is an exceptional group and they’re determined to mark the 10th anniversary with a spectacular show."