For collectors, curators, critics, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts, Zoo remains a considered introduction to the next generation of art professionals. In support of the emerging artists showing at Zoo, John Jones has presented an Art on Paper Award, since 2005. The Award focuses on an essential medium fundamentally employed by all practicing artists, often overlooked in many other awards categories and is presented to an exhibiting artist whose work with paper addresses contemporary themes and concerns.
The John Jones Art on Paper Award aims to significantly encourage and develop emerging talent through a constructive package of monetary and in-kind support culminating with a solo show at Zoo the following year. The selected work is purchased for the John Jones contemporary art collection and a prize of £2,000 awarded to the winner. John Jones additionally supports the artist in developing a presentation and conservation system for their work and promotes the artist to their creative network of galleries and collectors.