Mall Galleries is currently exhibiting By Popular Demand showcasing work by winners of the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Visitors’ Choice Award spanning the eight years of the competition.
By Popular Demand exhibits new work by winners of the Visitors’ Choice Award during the Columbia Threadneedle Prize. While each work is exceptional, Tim Shaw RA’s dancing Maenad figurines piqued my interest. His fantastic monograph, including artist interviews, is available to purchase in our bookshop, displaying a wide range of his dynamic, shocking and stunning ouvre.
Also particularly striking are Ben Johnson’s three large-scale architectural works, which exemplify the pinnacle of painterly skill and the mastery of intricacy. A postcard of Johnson’s winning Visitor’s Choice work, ‘Room of the Revolutionary’, is available in the shop, alongside his book ‘Spirit of Place’. This gorgeous monograph traces the progression of his unique style from 1969 to 2015, and provides the artist’s comments on his delicate technique and career thus far.
By Popular Demand (obviously) raises debate surrounding the difference in taste and opinion between the critics choice and the public award, which will be discussed on Saturday 14 January, in our panel discussion: ‘Who Decides?’ The only year to see a consensus reached between the judges and visitors was in 2016 when Lewis Hazelwood-Horner won both the Columbia Threadneedle Prize and the Visitors’ Choice Award for his painting ‘Salt In Tea’, which was also sold during the exhibition. To mark this unlikely feat, we have created this work into a greetings card, so you can take home a memento of this record-breaking piece, too.
Who Decides? will take place at 2pm on Saturday 14 January. £5 suggested Donation, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries.