Leo Fitzmaurice wins Northern Art Prize 2011/12

20 January 2012

Leo Fitzmaurice is the winner of the Northern Art Prize 2011/12. Judge Simon Wallis presented him with his award at last night's prize giving ceremony at a packed Leeds Art Gallery. Congratulations to the other shortlisted artists Liadin Cooke, James Hugonin and Richard Rigg.


This year's judges were Caroline Douglas (Head of Arts Council Collection); Tim Marlow (Writer, Broadcaster, Art Historian and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube); Simon Starling (Artist), Simon Wallis (Director of The Hepworth Wakefield) and Leeds Art Gallery's Curator of Exhibitions Sarah Brown.


The judges commented 'The strength of this year's exhibition and the Prize are testament to the generosity and commitment of all the artists. However, Leo's work for the Northern Art Prize exhibition in particular is ambitious, risky and compelling. Drawing upon historic resources and current mobile phone technology, he provides a fresh perspective on the traditional subject of landscape, whilst at the same time pushing the boundaries of his own practice'.


Richard Rigg won a landslide victory on the public poll.


The Northern Art Prize exhibition continues at Leeds Art Gallery until 19 Feburary 2012.





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