Exceptional. The Collyer Bristow graduate art award. 

Exceptional, the Collyer Bristow graduate art award, is a competition for graduates from London Art Schools/ Universities, open to those who graduated between 2016-19 from BA/MA/MFA/Post Grad Diploma courses. Artists are invited to apply for the opportunity to be part of a four month curated group exhibition at Collyer Bristow Gallery and to be selected for the £2000 award.

This opportunity is aimed at supporting new graduate artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. The competition is free to enter as a reflection of the firm’s continued commitment to supporting artists.

The selection committee and judges are: Jordan Kaplan (Curator and Art Producer at The Contemporary Art Society),Kristian Day, (Independent Gallerist and Curator of Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City) Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi,(Owner & Director of JGM Gallery), Steven Heffer, (Artist and Head of the Collyer Bristow Gallery Committee) and Rosalind Davis (Artist and Curator of the Collyer Bristow Gallery).

The winner of the 2018 award of £2000 was Lorraine Fossi awarded by Anna Bromwich, Martin Caiger Smith, with two artists highly commended: Oli Epp and Robyn Litchfield, all graduates of City & Guilds of London Art School. Winner Lorraine Fossi said of the award, “At this stage of my career, confidence in approaching professionals is important and the art world very much needs validations. With this Prize I will be more likely to be selected by curators and galleries and to get my work noticed and bought by collectors. I also sold two pieces right after the Private View, which is a great first step!”. 

Applications 

Applications will be accepted from 28 June. The deadline for submissions is Friday 26 July at 6pm. Early submission is advisable.

To enter please download and complete the Application Form and email your submission to exceptional@collyerbristow.com.

Please note we are not able to advise you on the work you should submit to the competition.

Our selection committee

Exceptional. The Collyer Bristow graduate art award. 

Exceptional, the Collyer Bristow graduate art award, is a competition for graduates from London Art Schools/ Universities, open to those who graduated between 2016-19 from BA/MA/MFA/Post Grad Diploma courses. Artists are invited to apply for the opportunity to be part of a four month curated group exhibition at Collyer Bristow Gallery and to be selected for the £2000 award.

This opportunity is aimed at supporting new graduate artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. The competition is free to enter as a reflection of the firm’s continued commitment to supporting artists.

The selection committee and judges are: Jordan Kaplan (Curator and Art Producer at The Contemporary Art Society),Kristian Day, (Independent Gallerist and Curator of Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City) Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi,(Owner & Director of JGM Gallery), Steven Heffer, (Artist and Head of the Collyer Bristow Gallery Committee) and Rosalind Davis (Artist and Curator of the Collyer Bristow Gallery).

The winner of the 2018 award of £2000 was Lorraine Fossi awarded by Anna Bromwich, Martin Caiger Smith, with two artists highly commended: Oli Epp and Robyn Litchfield, all graduates of City & Guilds of London Art School. Winner Lorraine Fossi said of the award, “At this stage of my career, confidence in approaching professionals is important and the art world very much needs validations. With this Prize I will be more likely to be selected by curators and galleries and to get my work noticed and bought by collectors. I also sold two pieces right after the Private View, which is a great first step!”. 

Applications 

Applications will be accepted from 28 June. The deadline for submissions is Friday 26 July at 6pm. Early submission is advisable.

To enter please download and complete the Application Form and email your submission to exceptional@collyerbristow.com.

Please note we are not able to advise you on the work you should submit to the competition.

Our selection committee

More information

Kristian Day is an independent gallerist and curator of the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City.

After almost 20 years working for some of London’s leading commercial galleries Kristian established his own curatorial programme in 2015 collaborating with individual collectors, organisations and institutions earning a reputation as one of the UK’s most active curators. He is also the founder of ‘Paper Cuts’, an online and offline marketplace for contemporary works on paper. Alongside his own curatorial practice Kristian is currently working on the 2020 programme for The Broadway, a public gallery in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi is the Owner and Director of JGM Gallery and started her career as a Gallerist in Melbourne almost 40 years ago, passionate about contemporary art and in particular painting. More recently in London she has become established as a respected dealer of contemporary Indigenous art under the auspice of JGM Art.In 2017 Jennifer opened JGM Gallery, based at 24 Howie Street, Battersea, London. After working with and meeting several contemporary artists from London’s art world during her decade as a private dealer, Jennifer has developed a programme that embraces contemporary art irrespective of origin.

“The passion I have for Indigenous art and the travelling I do to meet and source unique artworks from Australia’s Central desert has been enhanced by the support I have found for this in the London artworld. My career is filled with pleasure and I’m so excited by the new relationships I have built as JGM Gallery has developed over the past two years.”

With 15 years curatorial experience, Jordan Kaplan leads on the delivery of visionary public art projects for the Contemporary Art Society. She has overseen the development of some of the most exciting new commissions in London, including Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square and Mark Wallinger’s The World Turned Upside Down for the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a founder-trustee of Parabola, a curatorial group that commissions contemporary art for non-gallery spaces, including the Natural History Museum, the Royal Geographical Society and Tatton Park, where she staged three biennials. She originally trained as an actor at Drama Centre London, holds an MA in Art Criticism from City University, is a member of AICA (the International Association of Art Critics) and a Fellow of the RSA.

Rosalind Davis was appointed the permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in 2016 and has curated 9 exhibitions there and 30 exhibitions so far in her career. Her exhibitions at the Collyer Bristow Gallery have all been reviewed or covered in interviews with Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ They have also been included in The Times, City Magazine, The Londonist’s top 7 exhibitions in London, Paul Carey-Kents Artworld and DateagleArt blogs. Since her appointment at the gallery she has co-hosted a number of events; for the Fine Art Group, The Mall Galleries and Young Professionals in the Arts as well as tours for Barry Schwabsky, the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Art Society and the Government Art Collection.

Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with Zeitgeist Arts Projects an arts organisation Davis co-directed 2012-15 at Bond House Gallery (ASC) as well as at Core Gallery 2010-12. Both based in South East London and which included artists education programmes, art tours as well as curatorial projects.

Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed across the world and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest.

Steven Heffer heads up the Media and privacy team and the leads the firm’s Art Gallery committee.

Kristian Day is an independent gallerist and curator of the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City.

After almost 20 years working for some of London’s leading commercial galleries Kristian established his own curatorial programme in 2015 collaborating with individual collectors, organisations and institutions earning a reputation as one of the UK’s most active curators. He is also the founder of ‘Paper Cuts’, an online and offline marketplace for contemporary works on paper. Alongside his own curatorial practice Kristian is currently working on the 2020 programme for The Broadway, a public gallery in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi is the Owner and Director of JGM Gallery and started her career as a Gallerist in Melbourne almost 40 years ago, passionate about contemporary art and in particular painting. More recently in London she has become established as a respected dealer of contemporary Indigenous art under the auspice of JGM Art.In 2017 Jennifer opened JGM Gallery, based at 24 Howie Street, Battersea, London. After working with and meeting several contemporary artists from London’s art world during her decade as a private dealer, Jennifer has developed a programme that embraces contemporary art irrespective of origin.

“The passion I have for Indigenous art and the travelling I do to meet and source unique artworks from Australia’s Central desert has been enhanced by the support I have found for this in the London artworld. My career is filled with pleasure and I’m so excited by the new relationships I have built as JGM Gallery has developed over the past two years.”

With 15 years curatorial experience, Jordan Kaplan leads on the delivery of visionary public art projects for the Contemporary Art Society. She has overseen the development of some of the most exciting new commissions in London, including Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square and Mark Wallinger’s The World Turned Upside Down for the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a founder-trustee of Parabola, a curatorial group that commissions contemporary art for non-gallery spaces, including the Natural History Museum, the Royal Geographical Society and Tatton Park, where she staged three biennials. She originally trained as an actor at Drama Centre London, holds an MA in Art Criticism from City University, is a member of AICA (the International Association of Art Critics) and a Fellow of the RSA.

Rosalind Davis was appointed the permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in 2016 and has curated 9 exhibitions there and 30 exhibitions so far in her career. Her exhibitions at the Collyer Bristow Gallery have all been reviewed or covered in interviews with Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ They have also been included in The Times, City Magazine, The Londonist’s top 7 exhibitions in London, Paul Carey-Kents Artworld and DateagleArt blogs. Since her appointment at the gallery she has co-hosted a number of events; for the Fine Art Group, The Mall Galleries and Young Professionals in the Arts as well as tours for Barry Schwabsky, the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Art Society and the Government Art Collection.

Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with Zeitgeist Arts Projects an arts organisation Davis co-directed 2012-15 at Bond House Gallery (ASC) as well as at Core Gallery 2010-12. Both based in South East London and which included artists education programmes, art tours as well as curatorial projects.

Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed across the world and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest.

Steven Heffer heads up the Media and privacy team and the leads the firm’s Art Gallery committee.

“I’m delighted to have been asked to participate in this year’s selection. Collyer Bristow has a proud history of championing the arts and artists and it is an honour to work with them to continue this great work”

Jordan Kaplan

Contemporary Art Society