In 2009, Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize, a not-for-profit initiative that gives a platform to both emerging and established artists who pay homage to the skill and innovation of the Old Masters and art of the past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize for artists working in ceramics. For the first time in 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was launched to profile and reward the work of an emerging female artist.
The Young Masters Art Prize 2017 judging panel comprised art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair) with Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper; Daisy McMullan, Curator; Hannah Rothschild, writer, filmmaker and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, London; Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts.
The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize was judged by a panel comprising Janice Blackburn, former Curator of Arts and Crafts at Sotheby’s; collector Preston Fitzgerald; collector and philanthropist, Maylis Grand and the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells.
The Young Masters Emerging Woman Art judging panel comprised: Beth Colocci, Chairman of the Trustees of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Sylvie Gormezano, Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers; award-winning designer and art collector Ronnette Riley, FAIA and Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Head of Corporate Branding and Communications and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation.
The 2017 Winners were announced in a prize giving ceremony in London, June 2017
Young Masters Art Prize winners:
Azita Moradkhani, £2,000 main prize; Laura Hospes, £500 Highly Commended courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society; Tamara Al-Mashouk, £500 Highly Commended courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society
Katie Spragg, Be Smart About Art Award worth £500
Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize winners:
Lucille Lewin, £1,500 main prize; Lauren Nauman, £500 Highly Commended
Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize winners:
Azita Moradkhani, £1,000 main prize; Isabelle van Zeijl, £250 Highly Commended; Katie Spragg, £250 Highly Commended
Young Masters: Tour 2.0 will be a curated from past shortlisted artists in an exhibition at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery from 2 to 14 October 2017 during Frieze week. Multi-media artist Gordon Cheung joins the exhibition as a guest artist.