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Salon Art Prize 2011

7th October – 30th October 2011

Following 1650 applications the selectors picked 69 exhibitors. The Salon Art Prize 2011 judging panel were:

Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly) - 2-D Media
Pippa Hale (Director, Project Space Leeds) - Painting
Robert Leckie (Exhibitions Curator, Gasworks) - Sculpture

The Salon Art Prize incorporated Painting, Sculpture and Installation (including sound), and 2-D Media (which includes drawing, collage, printmaking etc). To celebrate the fifth year of the Salon Art Prize we awarded three separate prizes of £1000.

£1000 2-D - Rudolf Reiber
£1000 Painting - Helen Kincaid, sponsored by John Jones
£1000 Sculpture - Freddy Dewe Mathews

Joan Ainley, Majed Aslam, Vasileos Avramidis, Leo Babsky, Natalie Bent, Catrine Bodum, Miranda Boulton, E A Byrne, Alfonsina Capurro, Stephen Carter, Fanny Chan, Ting-Tong Chang, Roderick Clark, James Clarkson, Emma Cousin, Richard Cramp, Freddy Dewe Mathews, Rebecca Dick, Luke Drozd, Jane Emberson, Marcela Florido, Anna Flemming, Sarah Francis, Inguna Gremzde, Teal Griffin, Evi Grigoropoulou, Le Guo, Chris Hamer, Claire Hamilton, Aly Helyer, Richard Higlett, Caroline Holt-Wilson, Matthew Houlding, Phil Illingworth, Chiho Iwase, Charlotte Jonerheim, Annamaria Kardos, Jonathan Kelly, Helen Kincaid, Jumpei Kinoshita, Calvin Laing, John Lavell, Oyekan Lawson, Chantal Le Doux, Junghwa Lee, Anabel Leiner, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Geoff Litherland, Zoe Lloyd, Gemma Lowe, Nadine Mahoney, Matthew McGuinness, Patrick Milsom, Selma Parlour, Edd Pearman, Clare Petherick, Rudolf Reiber, Frances Richardson, Peter Roseman, Melanie Russell, Claudia Sarnthein, David A.Smith, Ruth Stanley, Sonia Stanyard, Cherry Tenneson, Marek Tobolewski, Sarah Van Marcke, Belen Zahera, Rafal Zawistowski


Shoulder to Shoulder - EJ Major Solo exhibition

2 September - 25 September 2011

Major works with both digital and analogue technologies to create photographic constructs that are, and are not what they seem. Her pieces challenge the veracity of the photographic portrait finding an authenticity in a notion of self-portraiture that involves acting. Referencing both historical events and characters as well as those from popular culture, individual works have a narrative content. But the work is predominantly concerned with ideas. Major constructs visually arresting images that can also be read.

Over the last few years Major has become interested in protest. The Suffragette movement provides a historical context for the performance and investigation of protest today, a fixed vantage point from which to explore the myriad issues we are asked to care about. In the series Shoulder to Shoulder Major explores the conflation of confusion and care that surrounds awareness in the globalised internet generation.

Also on show will be Marie Claire RIP, a body of work featured in International Exhibitions and Bienale’s across the world. Marie Claire RIP is a series of images based on an article published in Marie Claire magazine in 2002, which featured police mug-shots of the same woman taken over a fourteen year period. Major restages the source material using herself as subject.

EJ Major was selected from over 960 International Photographers as the Winner of the Salon Photo Prize 2011. She graduated with an MFA Fine Art Goldsmiths, 2009. Her first solo show in 2008 was in conjunction with Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. Among her group shows she has exhibited at the Helsinki Photography Triennial (2009) Dallas Contemporary, USA (2008), The Minnesota Centre of Photography in Minneapolis (2008), The Australian Centre of Photography in Sydney (2007-2008) Clampart in New York (2007) and The 2nd International Fotofestival, Germany (2007). She has been reviewed by Modern Painters (2008) and ‘Marie Claire RIP’ has been profiled in European Photography, Fotograf Magazine CZ, The British Journal of Photography, Glasstire and ArtInvestor Magazine DE and featured on both Swedish and Fininsh news programs.

The Foul Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Julie Cockburn Solo exhibition

5 May - 28 May 2011

Julie Cockburn’s mixed media works transform idealised models of their time, carefully obliterating them with collaged or stitched bindings. As if highlighting something invisible in the original text, Cockburn reveals a drama of the everyman through a manipulation of found photographic and painted portraits.

Retrieving characters from obscurity, Cockburn takes ownership of their fates, cherishing them and creating something monstrously exquisite. Traditionally portraiture was used to convey the status of the depicted: their role, their beauty, their assets, their power, how we wish others to see and think of us. However Cockburn denies the viewer the ability to connect with the subjects in this way. The people that are scarred and scored into are riddles of identity.

The works are meticulous, carefully sourced and appropriated. Playing with contrasts between mass-produced and hand crafted, perfection and deformity, Cockburn’s pieces project a macabre quiet, fragile, fragmented and very human. Cockburn’s influences include the traditions of Cubist painting and the craft techniques of inlay and embroidery.

Julie was exhibited as part of the Salon Art Prize 2010 and selected from a shortlist of 65 artists for the Selectors’ prize, supported by John Jones. Julie Cockburn lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. She has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe and the United States. Her work is included in the collections of Yale Center for British Art, The Wellcome Collection, British Land and Goss-Michael Foundation as well as numerous private collections.

Salon Video Prize 11

7 April - 30 April 2011

Salon Video Prize 11

7 April - 30 April 2011

The Salon Video Prize 2011 is produced by Matt Roberts Arts as part of our commitment to offer exposure to this greatly underrepresented medium and develop new audiences for film and video work.

The Salon Art Prize featured 9 artists handpicked by a panel of prominent art experts and exhibited at MRA Project Space on Vyner Street, East London. The selection panel consisted of: Lisa Panting, Director, Picture This
Paul Rooney, Video Artist.

The participating artists are: Lisa Byrne, Nicky Coutts Rebecca Davies, Valentina Ferrandes, Lindsay Foster, Johanna Lecklin, and Luisa Mota, Mario Pfeifer and Stina Wirfelt.

Mario Pfeifer has been chosen to win the Selectors' Prize of £1000.

Salon Photo Prize 11

4 February - 26 February 2011

The Salon Photo Prize 2011 was the inaugural photography exhibition produced by Matt Roberts Arts. This year's selection panel consisted of:

Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate
Stefanie Braun, Curator, The Photographers' Gallery
Tim Clark, Editor-in-chief, 1000 Words Photography Magazine
Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director, National Media Museum

39 photographers exhibited at the Salon Photo Prize 2011. The selected photograpers were: Manuela Barczewski, Sara Bjarland, Richard Burton, Emma Crichton, Alex Currie, Julia Curtin, Marysa Dowling, Lisa Elmaleh, Valentina Ferrandes, Iulia Filipovscaia, Jo Gane, Marguerite Garth, Ben Gold, Isabelle Graeff, Julie Hill, Ellie Davies, Tess Hurrell, Mandy Lee Jandrell, Jordanna Kalmann, Özant Kamaci, Naima Karlsson, Yaron Lapid, EJ Major, Zoe Maxwell, Georgina McNamara, Kate Nolan, Ethna O'Regan, Vesna Pavlovic, Sever Petrovici-Popescu, Luca Sage, Carolyn Scott, Louise Short, Jayne Smith, Alison Stolwood, Jan Stradtmann, Carole Suety, Chiara Tocci, Philip Tottenham and Rachel Wilberforce

We are pleased to announce EJ Major as the Salon Photo Prize Selectors' Prize Winner which was supported by 1000 words magazine, this will consist of £1000 and a solo exhibition in September 2011.

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