The UK’s longest-running artists’ co-operative, The London Group, has its 84th open exhibition, which offers a wonderful opportunity for emerging and established artists to raise their profile, win cash prizes, and exhibit their work alongside the Group’s esteemed members. No commission will be charged on any works sold during the 2019 exhibition in line with the Group’s commitment to giving artists ‘a boost in a tough career, thereby nurturing and supporting the development of the art of the future’. (Susan Haire, President).
Image: Simon Chalmers
Over 100 artists will show their work with some winning prizes – which collectively total over £9,000 – and will include The President’s Prize of a three-person exhibition at The Cello Factory; the Ingram Collection Purchase Prize, worth £2,000; the Victor Kuell Memorial Prize for innovation, worth £1,000; the Sculpture Prize awarded by Jeff Lowe, worth £1,000; the JPES Partnership Prize, worth £1,000; the Felix and Spear Exhibition Prize; the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Stan Smith Award for research and materials for an artist under 35, worth £750; the Schauerman Digital Art Prize, worth £500; and the Artlyst Prize, worth £500. All non-members will be eligible for prizes.
The London Group was formed in 1913 by thirty-two artists from the Camden Town Group and English Vorticists, including Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating an independent artist-led exhibiting body to counterbalance the power of institutions such as the Royal Academy. Since its foundation, the organisation has been an integral force in contributing to diverse and emerging artistic talent across Britain. The Group’s mentoring and exhibiting programme has gone on to support the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists. Paula Rego, Frank Bowling, Frank Auerbach, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Mary Fedden are among those who have benefitted from membership to the London Group throughout their careers.
The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, SE1 8TJ Part 1: 20th – 29th November; Part 2: 4th – 13th December. Times: Daily 2-6pm. Admission: Free.
Main image: Christopher Harris