Jack Hutchinson writes in a-n:
Motorcade/FlashParade National Open 2012 winners
Three artists share £1,500 prize fund.
BY: JACK HUTCHINSON
NEWS: 10 Dec 2012
The winners of this year's Motorcade/Flashparade National Open have been announced, with three artists each receiving £500 in prize money.
First prize went to David Theobald for his computer generated video work 'Walking Holiday in Grindelwald'. He will also have the opportunity for a solo show at the Motorcade/Flashparade project space in Bristol. Second prize went to Ellen Wilkinson, with The Urbis Bursary Award going to Tom Bayliss.
Julie McCalden, director of Motorcade/Flashparade commented: "We hope the prize money will impact positively on the artists and their individual practices. The solo show for David Theobald is also a fantastic opportunity to work towards developing a cohesive exhibition in what can be a challenging space and we look forward to seeing this project develop."
This year's selection panel were Emma Cocker, David Trigg and Brian Griffiths. Explaining the judging process, McCalden said: "They had a difficult task selecting the first and second prizes as there were several strong contenders. The decisions were finalised and we are pleased with the selection."
For prize winner Tom Bayliss, the financial element of the prize will help fund future projects. He said: "Winning the prize means an acknowledgement for everything that I have done this year. The piece has been shown a few times nationally to a great reception and this rounds it off nicely. The money means that I can fund materials for shows at the beginning of next year and develop projects in the future."
In addition to the financial prize, Bayliss will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Robinson Building, home to Motorcade/FlashParade National Open sponsors Urbis Development. He said: "I am looking forward to producing a site specific work as part of the prize and bursary. I am very grateful to the team at Motorcade/Flashparade for the opportunity."
And thanks once again to Emma Cocker, David Trigg and Brian Griffiths for making such a superb selection of work from this year's incredibly high standard submissions. The range and number of selected works presented a challenging curatorial task but Julie McCalden has created an excitingly dynamic show praised by the judges as having a real sense of cohesion and full of unexpected connections.
This year we were delighted to be able to offer £1500 in prize money. This included a £500 bursary sponsored by The Robinson Building - the huge, Victorian warehouse converted into apartments by Urbis, which in a previous existence was artist's studios, and where the original idea for BV Studios and Motorcade/FlashParade first arose! The Bursary also offers the opportunity to exhibit at The Robinson Building throughout the coming year.
We were very pleased that most of the artists were able to attend the peer critique session, prior to the opening of the show, led by the excellent James Mark Whittet - the session was described as very rewarding, and Emma Cocker and David Trigg made their final decisions as to the prize winners.
The First Prize of £500 and a solo show at Motorcade/FlashParade, sponsored by Tobacco Factory and Accommodation Unlimited, was presented by George Ferguson to David Theobald for his computer generated video work 'Walking Holiday in Grindelwald'.
The Second Prize of £500, sponsored by The Robinson Building, was presented to Ellen Wilkinson for her three pieces 'Eidolon (silver)', 'Eidolon (orange)' and 'Eidolon (black).
The Robinson Building Bursary was presented by Steve Nightingale of Urbis, to Tom Bayliss for his piece 'TRIBECA'.
We hope the prize money will impact positively on the artists and their individual practices. We also look forward to David Theobald's solo show which offers him the opportunity to work towards developing an exciting and ambitious exhibition in what can be a challenging space.
It was a fantastic evening and a great pleasure to meet so many of the artists... we look forward to working with many of them in the future and, with excitement, to David Theobald's solo show in due course.
David Theobald accepts First Prize from George Ferguson
Ellen Wilkinson receives Second Prize
Tom Bayliss in shock receiving The Robinson Building Bursary from Steve Nightingale of Urbis Development
Friday 7th December, 6pm - late
Prizes announced at 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th
Thrusday 13th – Sunday 16th
Thrusday 13th – Sunday 16th
The Motorcade/FlashParade National Open 2012 previews on Friday 7th December with champagne reception and prizes announced at 7pm.
This years open was selected by
Emma Cocker (writer, artist and lecturer, Sheffield)
Brian Griffiths (Artist and Senior Tutor, Royal Academy Schools, London)
David Trigg (writer and critic, Bristol)