Siobhán Hapaska, 2014 New City Art Prize

MK Community Foundation, MK Gallery

04 December 2014

Siobhan Hapaska
the recent incarnation of two advanced souls
aluminium, drop forged scaffold fittings, olive trees, olive tree root balls, motors and various engineering components
97 x 350 x 160 cm / 38.2 x 137.8 x 63 in

Siobhán Hapaska wins the 2014 New City Art Prize

The inaugural MK Community Foundation New City Art Prize for the Visual Arts has been awarded to Siobhán Hapaska.

The 2014 New City Art Prize, funded by MK Community Foundation, recognises an outstanding and innovative UK artist, and aims to connect emerging visual artists in and around Milton Keynes to national developments in contemporary art.

The £10,000 prize was presented to the winner at MK Gallery on 4 December 2014 during the preview for the exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists: experimental filmmaker Beatrice Gibson, sculptor Siobhán Hapaska, video artist Jimmy Merris and photographer Roger Palmer.

The shortlist was selected by jury members  Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain; Candida Gertler, Outset Contemporary Art Fund; Roger Hiorns, artist; Adrian Searle, art critic, The Guardian; Anthony Spira, MK Gallery  and Julia Upton, MK Community Foundation. A free exhibition of the shortlisted artist’s work is on display at MK Gallery from  5 December 2014 – 11 January 2015.

Presenting the award, Penelope Curtis congratulated the shortlisted artists on the strength of their respective practices and said that the exhibition presented a diverse range of interests, subjects and media, offering a snapshot of contemporary practice across the UK. She said that the jury had awarded the prize to Siobhán Hapaska for her beautiful, unsettling and very individual work.  Formally complex, Hapaska's work has an aggressive femininty, both delicate and violent, and the jury admired the coherence of her work over an extended period.

MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira said: “We are delighted to be launching this important new art prize with a shortlist of this calibre. In some respects, the exhibition reflects the diversity of art practice in the UK today and will also hopefully provide inspiration for artists in Milton Keynes. In anticipation of our major expansion, we are delighted that this Prize will increase the city’s cultural profile.’

Julia Upton, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation said “This award demonstrates Milton Keynes’ passion for the arts, having been home to many innovative artists over the years. Our city deserves national recognition for its arts community and this award will help raise our profile and support the work of local artists. I am delighted that by working in partnership with MK Gallery we’ve been able to develop a UK wide art prize.”

The shortlisted artists will be In Conversation with Guardian Art Critic Adrian Searle at MK Gallery on Thursday 11 December at 7pm. Free tickets are available to book via the gallery’s website at
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