The Woolgather Art Prize 2012 is a national showcase of contemporary artists and art practice, focused on engaging a wide public audience. Based in Leeds and set up in 2011 by Woolgather, it was born from a need to explore the artist’s role in society and to celebrate creative lifestyle.
Over 300 applications to the prize resulted in a shortlist of 26 artists/groups exhibiting works in a public exhibition this May. All exhibited artists stand the chance to win prizes of £1000, £500 and £250, entirely determined through public vote. The prize money is a gesture to assist towards the ongoing endeavours of a creative lifestyle.
Accompanying the exhibition is a website and publication that explore the life of an artist. All applicants were invited to contribute to a publication with work or documentation of a creative action made on one day. The website features the shortlisted artists through videos made by them answering the question, ‘Where For Your Future’
The project is aimed at and for the public, to remove barriers or preconceptions about contemporary art and any highbrow academia that can surround it.
With the prize now in its second year, we have to express our gratitude to all who have supported us along the way and helped make the project possible.