Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016: Shortlisted Artists

Six artists have been shortlisted for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize of £20,000 plus a solo exhibition at Mall Galleries.


All visitors to the exhibition in February 2016 will be encouraged to vote for their favourite to win the second major prize - the £10,000 The Visitors’ Choice Award.

The exhibition will be at 
  • The Mall Galleries including Visitors’ Choice Award: Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 20th February 2016 - open daily 10am to 5pm. Admission free.
  • Palazzo Strozzi, Florence: Mon 27 June to Sun 24 July 2016

There's no Facebook Page for the Prize any more - just an event listing on Facebook.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 - Shortlist

The six artworks and artists who have been shortlisted  are listed below

Peter Clossick (linked website) - Member of the New England Art Club; Past President of the London Group and Freeman of the Painter-Stainers Guild

Summer Solstice
copyright Peter Clossick

Lewis Hazelwood-Horner - He's a graduate of the London Atelier of Representational Art and had works in the ROI and LARA exhibitions at the Mall Galleries last week.

Salt in Tea
copyright Lewis Hazelwood-Horner

Nicholas Holmes - Nick has spent most of his time in the north in terms of art education and exhibitions. He was longlisted for John Moores Painting Competition in 2014.

Winston Field
copyright Nicholas Holmes

J Carlos Naranjo - El Mameluco (After the Battle) - Spanish artist living and working in London. Shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize 2015

Carlos did his first degree in Fine Art (Painting) and Masters in Fine Art (Art, Idea and Production) at the University of Fine Arts, Seville. Spain - graduating in 2011. He has exhibited in Spain, the USA and the UK.

El Mameluco (After the Battle)
copyright J Carlos Naranjo
Laura Smith - She studied at the Slade School of Art for both her first degree in Painting (2003) and her MA in Painting (2012). She also did The Drawing Year at the Prince's Drawing School in 2004.

In  2014 Laura was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize (see Shortlist for Threadneedle Prize 2011 dominated by women artists) and selected for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. In 2015 she was also selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015.

I'm wondering is she still paints on aluminium.  Her works are relatively sparse - this is a busy picture compared to her normal putput.

copyright Laura Smith

Chris Thomas b.1947 in Bradford. Chris was also selected for the Northern New Light Prize in 2015. He's represented by the Brian Sinfield Gallery and the Padstow Studio.

His CV would seem to indicate that this is not an artist who has regularly submitted work and been selected for art competitions.

He has two works in the exhibition: Reflection Study 1 and Sheep with their Lambs (below).

Sheep with their lambs
copyright Chris Thomas

Selection Panel

This year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize Selectors are:
  • Emma Crichton-Miller, columnist for Apollo magazine, freelance journalist for FinancialTimes, FT How to Spend It, The Wall Street Journal Europe and the RA Magazine
  • David Dawson, artist, writer and photographer
  • Dr Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
  • Dr Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Lewis McNaught (Selection Panel Chair), Director, Mall Galleries.

Threadneedle Prize Archive

Threadneedle Prize 2016

Threadneedle Prize 2015

Missed a year due to change in ownership of Threadneedle

Threadneedle Prize 2014

Threadneedle Prize 2013

Threadneedle Prize 2012

2011 Threadneedle Prize

2008 Threadneedle Prize


    1. Could you please include dimensions, and preferably type of paint, support etc if possible? Without dimensions it is hard to imagine how works really look. Thanks.

    2. I'd love to - it's a point I make often when writing about art competitions.

      Unfortunately that information is not available on the Threadneedle Prize website. I can sometimes find it on the artist's website but I've had no lock so far.


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