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Jerwood Collection:
Revisiting the Jerwood Painting Prize

This special display of works from the Jerwood Collection presents a selection of paintings by artists who have either been shortlisted for, or have won the Jerwood Painting Prize.

The Jerwood Painting Prize ran as an annual award from 1994 until 2003. It revived major interest in British art, helping to launch and revitalise the careers of many artists and contribute to their success. It was considered to be the most valuable British art prize at the time, giving a prize of £30,000 to the winners, and was awarded in recognition of an artist's recent body of work rather than for a particular painting.

The vision for the prize was to foster the enjoyment and understanding of painting today and draw attention to the outstanding work being done by painters in Britain. No age limit was set for entrants, and the prize winning artist was selected by an independent panel of judges, including Iwona Blazwick, Andrea Rose and Sir Peter Wakefield.

Since Craigie Aitchison won the first Jerwood Painting Prize in 1994 with his painting, Crucifixion, the Jerwood Collection has been augmented with works by winning artists. These, along with loans of works by other winners and shortlisted artists can be seen in the Foreshore Gallery until Sunday 3 January 2016.

Image: Rose Wylie, Silent Light (film notes), 2008 © The artist and UNION Gallery London