One of the UK’s biggest art prizes slips into the frame.
Artists have been invited to submit work for next year’s Jolomo Awards, which gives creatives the chance to win one of the UK’s largest privately funded painting prizes.
Those applying must live and work in Scotland, have studied at a Scottish college of art, or if self-taught, be put forward by a qualified referee. The deadline for application is January next year, with an awards ceremony planned for June 2009 at the Kelvingrove Museum. The main prize is £20,000, with total prize money of £30,000.
Established by Scottish landscape artist John Lowrie Morrison three years ago, the Jolomo Foundation was set up as a charitable trust to encourage painting of the Scottish landscape. Following its initial success, last year’s awards attracted entries from over 80 artists, with the shortlist of nine including entries from artists across Scotland, aged between 22 and 62.
Last year’s winner Anna King, a graduate of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, has gone on to exhibit at galleries throughout Scotland. She said: ‘This award has made a big difference to the kinds of things I can do. It has taken the pressure off, so I don’t have to worry about making ends meet. I can experiment with my painting and a lot of people have heard about my work because of the award.’
Runner-up, Ingrid Fraser added: ‘When I won I had a part-time job, and wasn’t getting much painting done, like many people a year after graduation. I was able to quit and dedicate time to painting. I have my first solo show in February. The award gave me confidence in myself and my work.’
Culture minister Linda Fabiani noted: ‘Scotland has an amazing wealth of talent in the visual arts. I am sure this is due in no small part to the inspirational beauty of our landscapes.’ John Leighton, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland agreed: ‘Scotland’s lineage of landscape painters stretches back nearly 250 years, from Jacob More and Alexander Nasmyth to William McTaggart and the Scottish Colourists through to Anne Redpath and Barbara Rae. These awards make a significant contribution to the encouragement of artists in the development of this tradition.’