Exceptional: The Collyer Bristow Award

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The partners of Collyer Bristow LLP and curator Rosalind Davis are delighted to announce the selected artists for the Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award: Exceptional.

Jonathan Armour, Sophie Cero, Julia Court, Corinne Charton, Oli Epp, Lorraine Fossi, Gwyneth Fugard, Nicky Hodge, Katie Lennard, Karen Loader, Robyn Litchfield, Lucy McGeown, Abigail Phanggungfook, Tom Platt and Amelia Kate Sampson. 

To view the online catalogue for Exceptional, please click here.

Private View 20 June 6-9pm

The winner of the £2000 award and the staff prize will be announced at the Private View

Exhibition continues 21 June- 3 October 2018, Monday- Friday 9-5pm by appointment

The artists were selected from three leading art schools (BA/MA/ Post Grad Diploma) from Goldsmiths, Middlesex and City & Guilds of London Art School and graduated between 2015 and 2017

The guest judges for 2018 were: Robert Priseman, (Priseman Seabrook Collection), Anna Bromwich (Curator and Consultant, The Mall Galleries), Martin Caiger-Smith (Head of MA in curating at the Courtauld Gallery), Rosalind Davis (Collyer Bristow Permanent Curator, artist and writer) and Steven Heffer (Head of the Gallery Committee and artist).

“A fantastic opportunity for recent graduates and an exhibition of a high standard of both work and curation. Anna Bromwich

“I am delighted to be part of the selection committee for the 2018 'Exceptional' art prize. It's exciting to see what the new generation of graduates are producing right now.” Robert Priseman, Priseman Seabrook Collection

'Opportunities such as this for new and recent graduates are crucial.  The Collyer Bristow Award is an enlightened initiative and I am delighted to be involved this year.'Martin Caiger-Smith

This award and exhibition opportunity is aimed at supporting new graduate artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. The competition was free to enter as a reflection of our continued commitment to supporting artists. Rosalind Davis, the Collyer Bristow Gallery’s independent curator and graduate of the RCA, comments: “It can be difficult for new graduates to find a platform for their work, but the Award creates an environment where support is made available to emerging artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. It brings their work to new audiences, raising their profiles and helping them to create new professional networks.”

The Collyer Bristow Gallery, the firm’s in-house art gallery*has now been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for twenty-five years.

Emmanuelle Loiselle a graduate of City & Guilds of London Art School, received the Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award 2017 of £2,000 from Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; “I was so honoured! Many thanks to Collyer Bristow for supporting emerging artists, it is very rare to receive such a generous opportunity and this is such a fantastic platform to show my work!” Iwona also highly commended artists Lorraine Fossi, Kate Lennard, and Graham Murtough.

About the Gallery and Guest Judges for the Exceptional Award:

Anna Bromwich has a degree in Art History from SOAS and a Masters in Museums and Galleries in Education from the Institute of Education.  She worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris before joining Mall Galleries as an art consultant in 2015. Here she is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients and co-manages the gallery's online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now. Anna has curated exhibitions for Mall Galleries both in-house and off-site and forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries' annual showcase of recently graduated figurative artists. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson's Open Painting Prize. @mallgalleries @annabromwich

Robert Priseman
Over 200 works of art by Robert are held in art museum collections around the world including the V&A, MdM Salzburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, Guggenheim, New York, UMMA, Honolulu Museum of Art and The National Galleries of Scotland. He also collects paintings by British artists he admires and owns the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting which first went on museum display at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2014. This has ​subsequently toured to Museums in Yantai, Tianjin ,Hangzhou ​and Nanjing in China. Priseman is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and a Visiting Professor in Fine Arts Practice at the University of Suffolk and has given talks on painting at Wolfson College Oxford, Xian Academy of Fine Arts, Amherst College Massachusetts, Whitebox AC New York, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, The Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.


Martin Caiger-Smith has been Head of the MA Curating the Art Museum programme at the Courtauld Institute of Art since 2007.  From 1990 to 2006 he worked at the Hayward Gallery in London, as Head of Exhibitions and as Acting Director in 2005/6. While at the Hayward he curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, and oversaw the shaping and delivery of a broad programme of exhibitions at the Hayward, many of which showed abroad, and National Touring Exhibitions in the UK. His interests include modern and contemporary museums and galleries and curatorship, and the modern and recent history of curating, exhibitions and display. He is a curator and consultant on art and exhibition projects and writes on contemporary art and photography. Since 2010 he has been Programme Advisor for the Winter Exhibition programme at Two Temple Place in London, an eclectic series of exhibitions that foregrounds the riches of collections across the UK.  His major monograph on Antony Gormley was published by Rizzoli, New York in 2017.  

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). Davis was appointed permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in Summer 2016. Her exhibitions at the Gallery have been a great success and frequently reviewed by Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC). Davis has previously co-directed and developed two innovative artists’ educational, membership and exhibition arts organizations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-15) and Core Gallery (2009-11,) based in London.Davis lectures at universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country and is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which was internationally published in 2016. www.Rosalinddavis.co.uk

Collyer Bristow Gallery is a bespoke gallery space with a dynamic and critical exhibition programme for 25 years. Collyer Bristow LLP is a leading UK law firm with offices in London and Geneva. The firm provides business and personal legal advice to a wide range of clients both in the UK and internationally. Collyer Bristow has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for nearly twenty years. The Gallery Committee is made up of a selection of professionals from the firm including who are involved in the arts, as patrons and collectors.

*The Collyer Bristow Gallery is open to the public by appointment.

Image top: Emmanuelle Loiselle Winner of the Collyer Bristow Award 2017. Bottom image: Graham Murtough, one of the three commended artists in the competition.

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