Carla Groppi, After Atget (5) Parc de Saint-Cloud (detail) - Threadneedle Prize 2013
The Royal Academy has announced the big winners at their Summer Exhibition 2015. At the top of the list for painting, sculpture and drawing, respectively, are Rose Wylie (winner of The Charles Wollaston Award), Tim Shaw (winner, The Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture), and Carla Groppi (winner, The Hugh Casson Drawing Prize). However the above artists have something else in common other than their just-announced wins at the RA - they've all exhibited at The Threadneedle Prize, the country's most significant open submission competition for contemporary figurative art.
Tim Shaw exhibited in the inaugural edition of the Prize in 2008, showed the following year as a Shortlisted Artist, exhibited again in 2010, and was invited back as a Selector for The Threadneedle Prize 2013. Wylie was shortlisted for the Prize alongside Shaw in 2009, while Carla Groppi exhibited more recently in 2013, her work even featuring as the catalogue cover. In 2013, Carla Groppi exhibited a pastel drawing, After Atget (5) Parc de Saint-Cloud, and in 2010, Shaw, his foam, black plastic sculpture, Man on Fire; if these titles seem familiar, they should do... over at the Royal Academy, Shaw has just won for his work, Man on Fire Version II, and Groppi, with After Atget (44) - works similar or in the same series as those shown at The Threadneedle Prize.
Tim Shaw, Man on Fire Threadneedle Prize 2010
Congratulations to all three artists for their continued success.
Meanwhile we look forward to seeing the works submitted for the next edition of The Threadneedle Prize, now The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today, which opens for submissions on 13 July - the first prize of which is £20,000 and a solo show at Mall Galleries. The Prize invites submissions of figurative or representational paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, mixed media constructions, small scale installations and reliefs that are strong and topical observations on the world around us.