Spike Island congratulates all artists nominated for Paul Hamlyn Awards 2016: Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson, Sonia Boyce, Rachel Reupke, Lucy Skaer, and Cara Tolmie.
We are delighted to see Spike Island alumni artists recognised by this award:
Cara Tolmie (b.1984, Glasgow) lives and works in London. In 2013, Cara Tolmie premiered her film Pley at Spike Island as a single large-scale projection with seating designed by the artist; shot inside a structure specifically designed by the artist to host a series of encounters between three strangers. Her film was commissioned and produced by Picture This which later became Spike Film and Video.
Sonia Boyce (b.1962, London) lives and works in London. Boyce is an artist who has been at the forefront of the Black-British arts scene. Central to Boyce’s practice is the act of working with other people in what she terms “improvised collaborations”. In 2009, Spike Island presented a multi-media installation Like Love – Part One by Boyce, developed through a residency with The Meriton School for Young Parents, Bristol.
Lucy Skaer (b.1975, Cambridge) lives and works in Glasgow and London. In 2006, Spike Island commissioned Flash in the Metropolitan, a collaboration between Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi. Filmed in the depths of darkness in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the focus is on artefacts from the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic collections. The work was exhibited at Spike Island from 14 July to 16 September 2007.
Paul Hamlyn Awards support artists at a timely moment in their careers, giving them the freedom to develop their creative ideas and contributing to their personal and professional growth.