In 2015, Picton teamed up with University of the Arts London (UAL), the art world's leading educational establishment to create the Picton Art Prize. www.pictonartprize.com
Celestial, by Alex J Wood has recently been announced as the winner of the Prize and the two metre bronze sculpture was unveiled during a ceremony at Picton's Angel Gate campus, in London's dynamic city fringe district.
University of the Arts London has a phenomenal heritage of producing world class talent across the arts spectrum. Therefore the competition was open to current students and recent alumni of UAL to create a new public sculpture commission which would act as the centrepiece of the refurbished central courtyard and provide a focal point for the development.
The opportunity to work with young artists at the beginning of their careers very much reflects the spirit and dynamism of the market place around Angel Gate. In the last few years we have invested to transform our holding to create not only relevant, high quality office space, but also to revitalise the external space, and that is where the introduction of public art can really make the difference to a location. www.angelgate-ec1.com
After narrowing the initial 50 entries down to a short list of 10, a judging panel of practicing artists and public art experts unanimously elected Celestial as the winner of £10,000 commission and £3,000 prize.
We would like to both thank and congratulate all the shortlisted artists for their time, commitment and the quality of their submissions and wish them all the success in the future.
Principally we wish to thank and conratulate Alex on Celestial. We appear to be at very exciting juncture in Alex's career, and are delighted to have been able to support him in creating his first large scale work. Needless to say we will be following his career with great interest.
Tim Hamlin, Asset Manager at Picton, said: “We were extremely impressed with the response to our competition and received hundreds of applications from students proposing an extremely diverse and imaginative range of installations. We look forward to continuing our partnership with UAL in the future and hope to support more early career artists launch their professional careers by supporting the commissioning of installations that will improve the communal space at buildings in our portfolio. This prize celebrates the creativity, talent and breadth of practice at UAL, and Picton is delighted to unveil Alex Wood’s winning sculpture, Celestial. In developing the prize, we specifically wanted to recognise new and emerging talent. We are thrilled to support the talent developed at UAL, which is reflected in the high quality of the shortlist.”
Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor, University of Arts London, said: “It’s vital that we support our students and graduates in the early stages of their careers, offering them opportunities to develop their practice and extend themselves, as well as high profile platforms on which to showcase their work to new audiences. The Picton Art prize offers just this type of opportunity.”
The Picton Team, May 2016