Two UK photographers shortlisted for Grange Prize
Two photographers from the United Kingdom, Jason Evans and Jo Longhurst, and two from Canada, Emmanuelle Léonard and Annie MacDonell, have been shortlisted for the Prize of £32,000 voted for by the public.
Online voting for the winner has begun at thegrangeprize.com and is open until 11:59pm on 30 Oct, 2012. The winner will be announced on 1 Nov, 2012. All four artists will receive an international residency supporting their artistic development, and the three runners-up will each receive £3200 toward the research and production of new work.
The artists on the shortlist have been selected by a jury of leading British and Canadian photography experts led by Sophie Hackett, assistant curator of photography at the AGO, and including Sara Knelman, a London-based writer and curator; Charlotte Cotton, a prominent writer and curator; and UK-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
Exhibitions of the finalists’ work will be mounted in London, at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, and in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Canada House will celebrate the opening of the UK exhibition with a reception on 27 Sept, 2012. A voting station will be on site in each exhibition to allow visitors to vote in person. Each exhibition, in London and in Toronto, will be on view until 6 Jan, 2013.
Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, said: “We're very pleased to be able to exhibit the work of the finalists for the Grange Prize at Canada House, and to offer the public a chance to see such exciting work in an iconic location. The relationship between Canada and the UK is an important one politically, historically and culturally. That fact is reflected in the choice of the UK as the first European partner country for The Grange Prize.”
Rupert Duchesne, Group Chief Executive, Aimia, said, “Showcasing the works of great British and Canadian photographers at Canada House in London is particularly meaningful and exciting to us given our strong presence in this country with Nectar, the UK’s largest coalition loyalty program. Our partnership with the AGO is a unique collaboration of two organisations that recognise the importance of photography in contemporary art.”
Photo by Jo Longhurst
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