UK Young Artists celebrates success in the art world
The Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of The Year Award in partnership with Saatchi Gallery is a prestigious new prize for visual artists aged between18 and 30.
The winner, Conor Rogers, thanked UK Young Artists ‘who have consistently supported me and helped shape my practise’
● The Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award is a collaboration between global recruitment firm, Robert Walters Group, the Saatchi Gallery and Nottingham based charity, UK Young Artists (UKYA)
● The winner of the inaugural prize was announced at an award ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery yesterday evening (7 October)
● The inaugural winner of the £10,000 award is Conor Rogers from Sheffield. Conor Rogers thanked UK Young Artists ‘who have consistently supported me and helped shape my practice.’ Rogers has worked with UKYA on several previous occasions, including a festival in Derby in 2016 and at an international art event in South Korea in 2017
● Rogers will represent the UK at an international art event with UKYA in 2020
● A second prize of £5,000 was awarded to Camilla Hanney based in London
Nottingham based charity UK Young Artists (UKYA), the organisation behind this year’s successful UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19, has partnered with Robert Walters Group and the Saatchi Gallery to help a new generation of UK young artists to launch their careers.
The inaugural Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award received 500 applications from visual artists aged 18 to 30 from across the UK. From the shortlist of ten artists the first prize was awarded to Conor Rogers from Sheffield. Rogers will represent the UK at an international art event with UKYA in 2020. The runner-up Camilla Hanney receives £5,000 to help fund their future artistic career.
The brief to artists was ‘Diversity’. The prize judges looked for artists who represent the UK’s richly diverse population, embody the experiences of their community and who represent unique viewpoints and experiences. The judges were Robert Walters, art collector and CEO of Robert Walters Group; Gavin Turk, artist; Philippa Adams, Senior Director of Saatchi Gallery; Michael Forbes, artist, and Rosalind Davis, artist, writer and UKYA Alumni.
UKYA, which is based in Nottingham, has had an incredible 12 months, bringing 250 artists to the city for the UKYA City Takeover, a week-long festival celebrating the talent of young artists, musicians, dancers and performers. Over 32,000 visitors engaged with the City Takeover through exhibitions, performances, events and workshops making this UKYA’s most ambitious and successful event to date.
Michelle Bowen, Director of UKYA said “We congratulate Conor on his success and look forward to working with him again over the next year. We also congratulate our runner up Camilla Hanney. Supporting the Robert Walters UK Young Artist of the Year Award is an exciting new development for UKYA and we hope our continued partnership will uncover even more talent from across the UK. Our support from our university partners in the East Midlands has been crucial to our success and we especially hope that our involvement in the prize will shine a spotlight on the diverse and vibrant arts scene here in Nottingham.”
Conor Rogers said “I am so grateful to the Robert Walters Group, UKYA and Saatchi Gallery for recognising the work, time and patience it takes to sustain a career as an artist and for choosing to support us. It’s incredible to show my work at a renowned gallery such as Saatchi, but also to be recognised by UKYA who have consistently supported me and helped shape my practice.
My art practice started because I drew on the back of a crisp packet in the pub. By creating art on these random objects I was able to understand the world and share my experience of it, and now I’m sharing that at the Saatchi Gallery through this amazing platform from Robert Walters…and winning an award!”
The search for 2020 Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year will begin in the spring.
Photo credit: Reece Straw