Next Friday 8 July sees the long anticipated opening of The Marmite Prize for Painting V.
Thirty nine works from artists from Ireland, UK, the US and mainland Europe feature in this year’s exhibition, and were selected from over 1,200 entries from painters at all stages in their practice.
Originating in the UK, organised by painters for painters since 2006, the Marmite Prize for Painting is the only erratic, challenging and nomadic biennial open submission painting exhibition existing to promote excellence in contemporary painting. The Prize is entered into by the artists in the spirit of participation, and for the thrill of the exhibition. The ‘Marmite’ itself refers to the Old English term for a cooking pot, alluding to the mixing of diverse practices encouraged by the Prize, and also to the prize itself – a specially made interpretation of a ‘marmite’ which is donated by an artist.
The Marmite V exhibition features works by Albane Lamoril, Richard Baker, Sarah Ball, Anthony Banks, Juan Bolivar, Philip Booth, Eleanor Breeze, Hannah Brown, Jo Bruton, Michael Calver, Diane Chappalley, Emma Cousin, Billy Crosby, Chris Daniels, Amanda Doran, Tamara Dubnyckyj, Steven Gee, Max Gomes, John Greenwood, Mandy Hudson, Clare Jarrett, Sooim Jeong, Michael Johnson, Jessie Makinson, Lindsay Mapes, Kathryn Maple, José Batista Marques, Jo McGonigal, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Oliver Mulvihill, Helen O’Leary, Bernadette O’Toole, Selma Parlour, Alison Pilkington, Christiane Pooley, Sheila Rennick, Joan Sugrue, Suzy Willey, and Daniel Woolhouse.
The exhibition launches at Highlanes Gallery on Friday 8 July at 7.30pm, with opening remarks given by artist Mark O’Kelly. A talk, led by artist and Marmite co-founder Marcus Cope and featuring a number of exhibiting artists, including Emma Cousin, Alison Pilkington, Joan Sugrue and Steven Gee, Clare Jarrett will take place the following day on Saturday 9 July at 11am. The exhibition continues until 10 September.
Speaking about the Highlanes Gallery’s new partnership with the Prize, Highlanes Gallery Director, Aoife Ruane said, ““We see this partnership with the Marmite Prize for Painting as an excellent opportunity for artists working in both Ireland and the UK and further afield. We anticipate many positive outcomes, not least an exchange of ideas and culture that will enrich everyone, including visitors to the exhibitions both in London and Drogheda.”
There are four children’s workshops programmed to coincide with the exhibition from Thursday 14 until Friday 29 July. Go to www.highlanes.ie for full details.
Highlanes Gallery is grateful for the ongoing financial support from Louth County Council, the Arts Council, and Patrons, Benefactors and Friends.
Highlanes Gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, Closed Sunday.