The inaugural Freelands Painting Prize exhibition features works by students graduating from Fine Art courses at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee; University of Brighton; Lancaster University; Plymouth College of Art; Manchester Metropolitan University; University for the Creative Arts Canterbury; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; and City & Guilds of London Art School.
The eight paintings, one from each artist, were selected from an open call that invited every higher education art department in the UK to propose a student working with painting for consideration. Our judging panel, Liz Gilmore, Director of Hastings Contemporary; Elisabeth Murdoch, Founder and Chair of Freelands Foundation; Ben Street, art historian and writer; and Clare Woods, painter, reviewed the submissions anonymously and selected works by Lewis Deeney, Charlotte Guérard, Georgina Harris, Michael Hanrahan, Fischer Mustin, Stuart Rayner, Jack Whitelock and Anna Woodward.
This group of winning works is a testament to the strength and depth of undergraduate painting at UK art schools, and to the wide range of approaches to the practice. The breadth of submissions for the 2020 prize demonstrates that painting is alive and well, and is of ongoing importance to art students across the country.