Ashmolean shortlisted for Contemporary Art Society Museums Award
A proposal developed by the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Pitt Rivers Museum has been shortlisted to receive this year’s Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums.
The Oxford partnership has been shortlisted for its proposal to commission a new piece of work by Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price that takes its inspiration from the archives and collections of the two museums. The other shortlisted candidates are Birmingham Museums with Jess Flood-Paddock, The Hepworth Wakefield with Des Hughes, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with Lucy McKenzie.
Now in its fifth year the prestigious £60,000 prize is one of the highest value contemporary art awards in the country and is offered to a museum to commission an artist of their choice to create a new work that will enrich their permanent collection. The award also provides support and exposure for the winning artist at a critical point in their career.
Professor Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean said: "It is a huge honour for the Ashmolean to be shortlisted for this year's Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums. The Ashmolean is a rare place where people can study the history of the world through an encyclopaedic collection from Predynastic Egypt right up to art being made today. This prestigious award would give the country's oldest public museum the chance to work with one of the UK's most acclaimed contemporary artists, Elizabeth Price, and to collaborate with Oxford's world famous Pitt Rivers Museum and the equally celebrated Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art. Elizabeth has proposed a work which would open up the archives and collections of Oxford in a radical new way. From autumn 2013, the Ashmolean will be expanding its modern and contemporary art programmes with a series of ambitious exhibitions and projects. The opportunity to work with the current holder of the Turner Prize as part of this programme is a truly exciting prospect."
The judging panel for this year’s Annual Award includes Brian Griffiths (Artist), Charlotte Higgins (Chief Arts Writer of the Guardian), Elizabeth Neilson (Director of the Zabludowicz Collection) and Kirsty Ogg (Curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery) and the winners will be announced in a ceremony in London on Monday 18 November.