The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has awarded £600,000 to new recipients of the 2022 Awards for Artists. Ten visual artists and composers are each awarded £60,000 unconditionally from the UK’s top artist prizes.
Awards for Artists supports visual artists and composers at a pivotal time in their careers. Each award offers recipients £60,000 over three years – with no obligations or conditions on how the money is used. Not only the largest award in the UK, this ‘no strings attached’ approach sets the awards apart from other schemes by giving artists time and freedom to develop their creative ideas and pursue personal and professional growth.
The awards reflect the Foundation’s firm belief in the value of artists to society and the vital contribution they make to our culture. This year’s winners span a wide range of visual arts practices and compositions, including Mariam Rezaei’s pioneering turntablism; Sarathy Korwar’s intoxicating blend of South Asian jazz and Indian classical music; Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye’s exploration of the intersections of writing, scenography and performance; and Vanley Burke’s intimate photographs documenting the lives of black Britain.
Jane Hamlyn, President of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Chair of the Visual Arts Committee commented:
“Artists are facing huge challenges right now. These awards give artists much-needed time, resources and space. There are no strings attached, but I’m sure they will give back in different ways.
Moira Sinclair, CEO of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:
“We believe that a healthy civil society is where artists thrive – we want to help artists and composers have the freedom to develop creatively and grow personally and professionally.”
Since the awards began in 1994, PHF has recognized a total of 337 artists in a range of art forms with total funding of £9.94 million. Previous winners include visual artists Yinka Shonibare (1998), Jeremy Deller (2001), Phyllida Barlow (2007), Ed Atkins (2012), Michael Dean (2014), Sonia Boyce (2016), Charlotte Prodger (2017), Ingrid Pollard (2019) and Hétain Patel (2021). Composers include Sally Beamish (1994), Janek Schaefer (2008), Tansy Davies (2009), Eliza Carthy (2012), Shabaka Hutchings (2014), Daniel Kidane (2016), Serafina Steer (2017) and Abel Selaocoe (2021) .
Each year, a panel of four new judges selects the winners based on their talent, promise and need, and achievement. Awards can be made at any point in an artist’s career with no age restriction, unlike many other awards programs; Gustav Metzger was 80 years old when he received the award in 2006. When selecting the winners, the jury always takes into account an artist’s future development potential.
2022 Visual Arts winners:
Vanley Burke is a photographer who uses his work and images as a counterpoint to any perception of negative or stereotypical images of black people found in mainstream media. His photographs capture the experiences of his community’s arrival in Britain, portraying members of the black community to themselves in intimate representation.
Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye is a writer, performer and creator of artwork, integrating the visual, written and spoken word through print, text, image and live performance. Eno-Amooquaye creates the environments in which she performs her writing, developing complementary stage sets and bespoke clothing, allowing her work to explore the intersections of writing, set design and performance.
Trevor Mathison is an artist, musician, composer, sound designer and recorder. The defining feature of his work is the integration of environmental sounds and archival material into his sound practice, the fragments combining to create fractured and haunting soundscapes. Mathison is a founding member of a number of experimental groups, collaboratively producing and performing sound and visual events using installation and ambient scores.
Libita Sibungu is an interdisciplinary artist who works with writing, performance, photography, print and sound to create environments that weave decolonial narratives into immersive installations and poetic arrangements. Through storytelling, Sibungu connects her family history to political movements, as well as collective memories and larger cosmologies to amplify displaced, buried and marginalized voices.
Alberta Whittle choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance that are often done in response to current events with themes such as xenophobia, climate catastrophe and global pandemic. She is driven by a desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in the fight against anti-darkness.
2022 Composers Laureates:
Laura Bowler is a composer, singer and artistic director specializing in musical theatre, multidisciplinary work and opera. She has been commissioned by ensembles and orchestras around the world, producing award-winning compositions and multimedia musical theatre. As a vocal soloist, she has performed and premiered works internationally and is the vocalist of the contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble Lydenskab.
Brìghde Chaimbeul is a Gaelic musician recognized as one of the main experimental purveyors of Celtic music. Chaimbeul plays the small Scottish bagpipe and has devised a unique way of arranging and composing for the pipes that highlights the instrument’s rich textural hum; the constancy of sound that creates a trance quality in the music.
Sarathy Korwar is a musician specializing in classical music and jazz from North India. He has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices on the British jazz scene, using his experiences as an Indian in Britain alongside his training in classical Indian percussion. Korwar is the founder of the UPAJ collective – a group of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians.
Mariam Rezaei is an award-winning composer and performer. Her work is at the forefront of cutting-edge research on “Turntablism,” comprised of her perspective as a northern, mixed, working-class, queer turntablist. His innovative music has recently been described as “genuinely revolutionary” (LCMF 2022, London Jazz News) and “high-speed sonic surreal” (LCMF 2022, 4* The Guardian).
Orphy Robinson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has been a major force in contemporary jazz, improvised and classical music for over 40 years. Robinson’s compositions use influences from all historical timelines, combining melodies and rhythms that underlie their stories with spoken word narratives and improvised sonic textures to create a unique soundtrack for each performance.