The London Group Centenary Exhibition - Winner Announcement
05 June 2013
John Jones was delighted to sponsor the annual members exhibition of The London Group, a community of 90 artists committed to ‘innovative visual practice and a pluralist vision of what contemporary art can be’. Taking place in the organisation’s 100th year, the 2013 open exhibition honoured both the rich past and heritage of the group whilst nodding to the vibrant diversity and relevance of contemporary art in the 21st century. A prestigious judging panel consisting of Jane England (Director of England & Co), artist Bruce McLean and critic Nicholas Usherwood shortlisted hundreds of submissions down to 76 artists, who all exhibited their work alongside 61 London Group members at The Cello Factory in May. The collection included painting, performance, installation, video and more across a range of challenging and innovative subjects. We are pleased to announce Louise Whittles as the winner of the John Jones prize - £500 of museum quality art materials. Louise's work explores disturbances and slips of identity, and expresses the unconscious relationship we have with clothing. Her winning artwork titled 'Small sleeves, no arms' uses latex and unfinished garments to create a unique sculpture. The artist views inside-out garments of this nature as a metaphor for an inner world of uncomfortable emotions, such as those of loss and change, and the uncertainty of personal identity.
'I was delighted to receive the John Jones prize, awarded by the London Group at their Centenary Open Exhibition on the 28th May. It was presented to me by Frank Bowling RA, and this very generous prize came as a complete surprise ... My work is often problematic to display because it needs to be viewed in a way that is appropriate to its intention. The John Jones award gives me the opportunity to confront this challenge with excellent resources.' Louise Whittles