‘I want Evening Standard Art Prize to open up conversations’, says new judge

Bisila Noha (Handout)
Bisila Noha (Handout)

One of the newest members of the judging panel for this year’s Evening Standard Art Prize says she hopes to see work that “opens conversations”.

London-based ceramicist Bisila Noha has joined fellow artist Aowen Jin, ES Magazine editor Ben Cobb, author and “editeur de parfum” Frédéric Malle and gallery CEO Helen Nisbet on the jury to decide who wins the £5,000 prize, plus a bespoke fragrance.

She said: “Prizes are a great way for artists’ works to be exposed to new audiences. And if they come with a financial gain, experience and/or opportunities to exhibit and develop artists’ practices — beyond the visibility — that is excellent. It is also a great way for artists to reflect upon their practice and communicate it in a way that makes it appealing and interesting.

 (Evening Standard Art Prize)
(Evening Standard Art Prize)

“I love work that opens conversations. That makes my brain buzz with new thoughts, perspectives and ideas. And that, of course, also is aesthetically beautiful, although that is always subjective.”

The jury, chaired by our culture editor Nancy Durrant, is tasked with finding a shortlist of 12 whose work will go on show in a central London gallery before a winner is declared. The prize, launched with perfume brand Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle, invites entries from artists working in sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and wood carving.

Montage of previous Evening Standard Art Prize winners and events (Evening Standard Arts Prize)
Montage of previous Evening Standard Art Prize winners and events (Evening Standard Arts Prize)

The theme is “a portrait of you”. Artists are asked to submit images of a single work or a coherent series of works celebrating self-expression and the way individuality and personality is shown through their artform.

Ms Nisbet, who runs Cromwell Place where the exhibition will be staged, said the prize could benefit the successful entrants.

She said: “Being picked by a panel of sector professionals, getting that seal of approval, can be important for an artist whose career isn’t very visible in another way. Even being shortlisted for established prizes is useful for an artist’s career.”

How you can enter our competition

The Evening Standard Art Prize is open to all artists, over the age of 18, excluding those who have had a solo exhibition in a public institution. Entries must be the artist’s own work and can be of any size but must fit easily through a standard door frame (1981cm x 762cm).

Entrants will be required to submit between three and five images of their work, from different angles and distances, along with a statement of 150-200 words about themselves and their submission. The final shortlisted 12 artists will have their work displayed at Cromwell Place before a winner is chosen on September 6. Entries can be made until June 15.

To find out more or to enter, go to standard.co.uk/artprize. For more about Cromwell Place go to cromwellplace.com

The Evening Standard Art Prize is proudly supported by www.citylit.ac.uk