Hamlyn’s £1m for artists and composers

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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is sharing £1m between 40 visual artists and composers in its latest Awards for Artists list.

There are 40 awards of £25,000 each, given with no strings attached, bring the total given by the scheme since it was established in 1994 to £93m for 347 artists.

The visual arts recognised this time include sculpture, installation, performance and film, while music genres range from classical to experimental to jazz and folk.

Composers and visual artists have been particularly hard-hit with the pandemic making it extremely difficult to earn.

Jane Hamlyn, Chair, Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: “In the face of this ongoing crisis we decided to remove the competitive element of the awards and support a larger number of artists” said Jane Hamlyn, chair of the foundation. “The result is an incredibly diverse group which we are delighted to be supporting, helping to provide some financial stability and allowing them to thrive during one of the toughest years for the arts.”

Previous recipients of Awards for Artists include have included Sally Beamish (1994), Yinka Shonibare (1998), Jeremy Deller (2001), Eliza Carthy (2012) and Sonia Boyce (2016).

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