Cowley Manor Arts Awards returns for fifth year in partnership with the Royal College of Art

Cowley Manor, the contemporary country house hotel from A Curious Group of Hotels, will present a young British artist with the fifth Cowley Manor Arts Award on Thursday 21 April 2016.

Opened by Peter and Jessica Frankopan in 2002, one of the original visions of Cowley Manor was to support the work of young artists, artisans and craftsman on its property. To achieve this vision, The Cowley Manor Arts Awards, a sculpture competition in partnership with the renowned Royal College of Art, launched in 2012.
Now in its fifth year, the awards continue to offer emerging British talent the opportunity to showcase their work. The recipient of the 2016 award will have their winning sculpture displayed on Cowley Manor grounds permanently, along with being awarded a prize fund. Winning sculptures from previous years still stand proudly on the property for guests to enjoy and all sculptures from this year’s finalists will be on exhibition from 21 April to September 2016 at Cowley Manor as well.

The esteemed 2016 judging panel includes Juan Cruz, RCA Dean of Fine Art; Millicent Wilner, London Director Gagosian Gallery; Alex Sainsbury, Raven Row; Jenni Lomax, OBE Camden Arts Centre, Peter and Jessica Frankopan, A Curious Group of Hotels and journalist Lucinda Bredin.

The 2016 finalists and their works:

Natalia Skobeeva – Encounter – A short video where Lewis Carol meets and befriends not Alice but Godzilla in the grounds of Cowley Manor.

Nora Silva – A Playground for Home Ludens – An interactive piece, forming a dysfunctional playground – by altering the rules of the game, the piece becomes active.

Holly Hendry – Pummel - An interactive sculpture referencing a guest’s use of Cowley Manor as a place of relaxation and complete immersion.

Joel Chan – A cat without a grin, but not a grin without a cat - A response to a Japanese Shunga painting from the British Museum, forming an interactive kinetic sculpture.

David Stearn – Pensacola - A re-siting of an American State Highway sign in the grounds of Cowley Manor.

Marco Miehling – Untitled (nature) – A bronze cleat connected to a sunken raw metal object by rope, merging the controlled space (by man) with the unspoiled space of nature.

Paul Linke – Summer of My Life – A Japanese Zen Garden with shower gel bottles covered in temporary tattoos.

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