On Thursday 7th June, the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2018 private view was held, with the work of the three shortlisted finalists, Kate Groobey, Keith Milow and Mark Neville, on display. Midway through the event Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, announced Kate Groobey as this year’s winner. She is the first woman to win the coveted Prize in the history of the award. Groobey will exhibit her work at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, in Autumn 2018. She will also receive period of support and introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world and a £5,000 participation fee.
This year’s panel of judges who selected the shortlisted artists and overall winner were: Richard Cork, Art Critic; Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Sueo Mizuma, Director, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo; Julian Opie, Artist, and Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
The Art Prize exhibition is on display at Daiwa Foundation Japan House from 8th June – 13th July, Monday – Friday, 9.30-17.00. Entry is free. For more information please click here: http://dajf.org.uk/events/current-exhibition
About the contributors
Kate Groobey studied at the BFA Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (1997-2000) before undertaking an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2008-2010). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at: Ofr, Paris; David Lynch Club Silencio, Paris; Edling Fine Art, Los Angeles; Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco and Horton Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Making Waves: International Contemporary Art from the Saatchi Gallery, Hyatt Regency, London; 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London; SURRREAL, König Galerie, Berlin; and The Classical, Transition Gallery, London.
Keith Milow studied at Camberwell School of Art, 1962-7, and the Royal College of Art 1967-8. In 1971 he exhibited alongside Andy Warhol at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and has been represented in many major exhibitions including: Tate’s Young Contemporaries (1967); Hayward Gallery, Six at the Hayward (1969); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Homers (1973); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, British Art Now (1980), Tate Liverpool, Modern British Sculpture (1988), Tate, New Acquisitions (1991) and Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Enemies: Sculpture in 1960s and 1970s Britain (2011-2). His work is the subject of major public collections across the world.
Mark Neville studied Fine Art at Reading University before completing his MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London, and postgraduate studies at Rijksacademie, Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions include; London/Pittsburgh, The Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow, Russia; Child’s Play, The Foundling Museum, London; IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville, The Imperial War Museum, London; Deeds Not Words, The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Selected Films at Kunsthaus Essen in Germany. He has also shown in group exhibitions at Fotomusuem, Antwerp; The National Army Museum, London; The Royal Academy Summer Show, London; SK Kultur, Koln, Modern Art Oxford and Tate Britain. In 2012 he was the recipient of The Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award, nominated for the The Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and the The Infinity Award for Fine Art in 2015.