Now in its sixth year, the prestigious £40,000 prize is one of the country’s highest value contemporary art awards. This unique commissioning award is presented by the Contemporary Art Society to a regional museum or public gallery with a nominated artist. The prize offers the winning regional museum the opportunity to commission a major new artwork for their permanent collection by an artist who is not yet well represented in museum collections in this country.
The four shortlisted museums and their nominated artists for the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2014 are:
– Harris Museum & Art Gallery with Nathaniel Mellors
– Leeds Art Gallery with Becky Beasley
– Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
– Whitworth Art Gallery with Martin Boyce
The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at the Barbican on 24 November 2014. The presenter of this 2014 award will be announced later this autumn, with previous high-profiled presenters including Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger.
The members of the Annual Award 2014 jury are: Paul Bonaventura (Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art Studies, University of Oxford), Helen Legg (Director, Spike Island, Bristol), Tom Morton (Writer, Curator and contributing Editor, Frieze) and Eva Rothschild (Artist).