After an overwhelmingly positive response to the call-out to artists for entries, they are delighted to reveal the 23 shortlisted artists’ work to the public at the exhibition launch on 7th November from 6 to 9pm at BLANKSPACE, their exhibition area at 43 Hulme Street.
Among those shortlisted is Bella Leonard, a recent First Class Honours graduate of Embroidery from the Manchester School of Art. Historic textiles and Manchester’s urban environment inspires Bella’s work. She explained,
“The Embroidered Archway intends to be a ceremonial, celebratory piece – welcoming the public to walk through and in-between the suspended layers. Inspired by Manchester’s diverse mixture of architecture, the archway aims to embellish its surrounding textures without interrupting it. Taking inspiration from decorative tiled Islamic archways, the hand stitched patterns of the arch layer over industrial interior and exterior backgrounds. The clear acrylic allows the sculpture to be hung in a variety of environments, exhibiting hand embroidery in new contexts”.
The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving event on 22nd November. Winners will be chosen by the carefully selected judging panel including Kate Farrell from The Lowry, Sarah Perks from Cornerhouse, Maurice Carlin – artist and director at Islington Mill, Manchester-based artist Anthony Hall and Helen Wewiora from the England Arts Council. Blank Media director, John Leyland, said,
“It’s fitting that we’re revisiting the Title Art Prize as our last ever exhibition at BLANKSPACE, and of course we are sad to be leaving the building which has been our creative hub and afforded us so many excellent opportunities to showcase brilliant new work for almost three years. The exhibition will be a vibrant farewell to the space, and we’re extremely excited to announce the shortlist after a long and hard decision-making process.”
The award ceremony will coincide with a special Video Jam on the 22nd November. The arts organisation will move out of the building upon the exhibition’s end on 1st December, to allow for redevelopment of the site.
Gabriella Granata is a Marketing student in Manchester. Follow her on Twitter @GabyGranata.