Contemporary Art Society Annual Award Shortlist

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art were delighted to have made the shortlist of museums and nominated artists in line to receive this year’s Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums.

Now in its fifth year, the prestigious £60,000 prize is one of the highest value contemporary art awards in the country, and is awarded to a UK 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.

Our entry focused on Lucy McKenzie, a Glasgow-born artist, whose singular approach to painting draws on hugely varied sources and art histories.  The artist's on-going interest in and use of traditional techniques, including trompe l'oeil, would allow for meaningful connections to be made with the Gallery's holdings of Scottish modernism, and its world-class archive that represents key areas of the international avant-garde. The commission would have been the first of the artist’s works to enter a public collection in Scotland.

Congratulations to the Ashmolean Museum and Elizabeth Prize who were the eventual winners of the prize.