Thursday, 26 April 2012

The John Gingell Award

g39 is pleased to announce the launch of the John Gingell Award. The Award will provide two artists an award of £5,000 toward the development of a body of work over a six-month period culminating in an exhibition at g39, Cardiff in the summer of 2013.

John Gingell (1935 – 2007) was a pioneering and passionate artist and arts educator. His own work crossed many media from performance, installation, to sculpture and public art. Relocating to Cardiff from London in 1966 he left his role within the Whitechapel gallery to take up a post as lecturer on the new Foundation course at the art school at Howard Gardens. John Gingell continued to develop new areas of practice, founding the MA course in Fine Art in 1987, of which he was director until 2001. With his restless energy and a zeal for change he was known to his students as 'The Dynamo'. He shaped the MA on a model which supported the students in expanding their practice outside college, within their own studios. The course encouraged those who wanted to extend and challenge their own practice or simply re-engage with making Art.

He not only believed in Art education, but by its own token that Art in itself was a crucial part of self education, a broadening and necessary activity. He developed an approach to teaching that was both stimulating and unconventional – performance was integrated into his teaching and performance lectures evolved into symposia and events. This award is a one off tribute to this inspirational thinker, artist, activist and agitator.

G39 will offer curatorial and critical support with the intention to significantly develop the recipients’ practices during this period. g39 will then present the resulting bodies of work.

Applications are invited from graduates of Fine Art (within any discipline) who have graduated at BA or MA level from an art institution in Wales between 2000 and 2011. Applicants should be seeking to re-engage or extend their practice as artists within any contemporary fine art discipline.

Requested supporting material:
Photographic documentation of your 2D/3D work (up to 12 images saved as jpegs, 2MB max per image) and/or
Video/audio documentation of your time-based work (12 minutes max)
Please ensure you include titles, media and year of production for all works.
Artist Statement (max 250 words)
Supporting Proposal explaining to what use the award would be put, outlining how the award would enable you to develop your Art practice (max 500 words)
CV including contact details, education, and any published or exhibited work (max 2 sides A4)

Digital submissions are preferred, sent to Large files can be sent via a file transfer site (eg WeTransfer or YouSendIt). Links to video hosting sites can also be accepted
Postal submissions to: The John Gingell Award, c/o g39 Oxford St CARDIFF CF24 3DT (NB material submitted by post will not be returned).

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, 15th June 2012 (as postmark or email timestamp)
All applications received will be acknowledged by email.

Shortlist notified: 16 July 2012

Interview: week commencing 23 July (if shortlisted, you must make yourself available for these dates)

Awards made: early August 2012

You can find out more here

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