Visual artists and composers share £600k Hamlyn cash
Five composers and five visual artists have won £60,000 reach in the 25th awarding of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists scheme.
Since the scheme, the largest “no strings” award programme in the UK, was started in 1994 175 artists have shared £7.2m, given to visual artists and composers only since 1998, though often the disciplines are now mixed. Previous winners have included Yink Shonibare, Phyllida Barlow, Jeremy Deller, Sally Beamish, Eliza Carthy and Tansy Davies.
Jane Hamlyn, Chair, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Chair of the Visual Arts judging panel commented: “A lot has changed since we set up Awards for Artists 25 years ago, but one thing hasn't changed - the environment for artists is tough” said the foundation’s chair, and chair of judges, Jane Hamlyn. “The PHF awards give exceptional artists and composers an invaluable space to concentrate on their work and imagine how it can find its place in the world”.
Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “The visual artists and composers announced this year join a pool of exceptionally talented recipients that we have supported over the last 25 years. We are grateful for the contributions of all our nominators and judges who have helped shape the programme, and we intend for the awards to continue as an unequivocal commitment to the vital contribution artists and musicians make to our culture.”