Workweek Prize

The seventh annual Artquest Workweek Prize awards £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend 2019. From three shortlisted festival projects, this year’s Workweek Prize was awarded to Kelly Lloyd and Nick Tudor / Dirty House for Exceptional Promise.

The shortlisted projects for 2019 were as follows:

Exceptional Promise
Performative lecture: Friday 18 October, 7-7.30pm
Dirty House, 95 Haymerle Road, London, SE15 6SD
Exceptional Promise will make physical US artist Kelly Lloyd’s visa application for a Tier 1: Exceptional Promise visa. In March 2019, Lloyd approached Nick Tudor, director of Dirty House, about an exhibition to enhance her visa application. By re-performing work impressive enough to prove one’s ‘exceptional promise’ in the context of an opportunity received through friendship and self-promotion, Lloyd and Tudor explore the relationships behind the institutions behind the structures that artists must depend on for support. Lloyd will deliver a performative lecture, 4-5 Proposal Papers, originally presented at Harvard University in 2014, with a closing event on 25 October.

LUVA (Lock Up Visual Art)
Discussion event / symposium and exhibition: Saturday 19 September, 11.30am-12.45pm
Behind James Campbell House, E2 9QE
Featuring the work of previously exhibited artists, a two hour informal discussion at LUVA will address interdependence. LUVA will chair a discussion that around key questions that affect artists working in London now, such as: What are the new models of working and self-organising that are needed to survive in London? How can diverse organisations work together to challenge traditional arts and cultural spaces while avoiding gentrification? What are the responsibilities of arts spaces to the wider community? How can we ensure that arts spaces create meaningful internships that are not exploitative and give young practitioners a rounded experience?

Existing in an un-real world
Exhibition: opening event Thursday 17 October, 6-9pm, continues Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October, 12-6pm daily
61 Glenwood Road, Catford, London SE6 4NF
61 Glenwood is a group of artists working across various disciplines who share a former family home in Catford. The house has a history of providing affordable accommodation and as such has created a linked network of artists who have lived at the house since it was first rented out. Exchange and dialogue are often seen to take place within the studio or gallery context but more and more the domestic space is becoming a focus for such activity, as project spaces, studios and other creative projects within the home become more common. 61 Glenwood aims to highlight the importance of such shared spaces and acknowledge that as a result of an economy where so many are in a position where they have to share living space, artists must find creative solutions in order to continue making and showing work.

The winner of the Workweek Prize is a candidate who presents, in the judges’ opinion, an exhibition / project that:

  • Displays a high level of critical awareness of current artistic practices
  • Engages with a broad range of publics, outside of the traditional art world
  • Produces work that is risk-taking, innovative and timely, and displays the strong collaborative approach that helps artist-led activity succeed

The 2018 Workweek Prize winner was Bank Job – HSCB (Hoe Street Central Bank). Read more about the shortlisted projects and previous winners, on the Artquest website.