We were pleased to support the inaugural GM Arts Prize and are delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 prize is Manchester-based photographer, digital artist and film maker, Andrew Brooks.
The Chamber launched the Arts Prize in March this year, thanks to a public grant from Arts Council England, and received over 220 entries in total from professional and semi-professional artists from across Greater Manchester in the form of paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, digital prints, solar etchings and sculptures. Andrew’s photograph, entitled ‘Field Studies – Odin’s Gully’, was taken in the Peak District in October last year and is one of a series of photographs taken over four seasons.
Andrew said of his win:
“It’s great to have my landscape picked as the winning piece for the very first GM Arts Prize. There is a fantastic selection of Greater Manchester artists on the shortlist and this prize will be a big help in sharing our work and supporting the city’s artist community.
My piece is a large format landscape photograph of an area called Odin’s Gully in the Peak District, less than an hour’s drive from Manchester. I’ve been returning to this same spot many times over the last year and recording the changing seasons in vivid detail. This image was captured just after sunrise on late summer’s day.”
The winner and the three runners-up, Ruby Tingle from Manchester, Iain Andrews from Manchester and Pat Flynn from Stockport, received their prizes at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. As well as receiving the award, the winner and runners-up will also receive vouchers from ourselves, artist paper from G.F. Smith and exhibition space at the Chamber’s Summer Exhibition. Commencing in June, the exhibition will include the winning pieces as well as many of the entries shortlisted for the prize.
Kwong Lee, Gallery Director at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, who was on the judging panel, said:
“The quality of the entries for the first GM Arts Prize was really high, representing some of the excellent artists working in Greater Manchester right now. The judges selected 24 original paintings, photographic works, prints and sculpture by 21 artists. We want to commend all the artists who entered, and especially the prize winners.
The four judges were unanimous in selecting Andrew Brooks’ composite photography work as the winner of the GM Arts Prize 2016. We thought Field Studies – Odin’s Gully has a sublime quality that made us look at it again and again. This original work also reminds us of western Classical Landscape painting, but updated to a modern day Peak District setting, and made up of photographs taken over four seasons. There is something enduring about this image that speaks to our human existence in the world.”
1.Field Studies – Odin’s Gully, 20.10.2015 7.50am, Andrew Brooks 2016
2. Iain Andrews