25 Sep

Chapter Arts Centre in the Canton area of Cardiff has been shortlisted for this year's Freelands Award, and is in with the chance of receiving a fantastic £110k prize.

Founded in 2016, the annual prize enables a UK arts organisation to present an exhibition, including significant new work by a mid-career woman artist who may not yet have received the acclaim or public recognition that her work deserves.

The organisations and artists shortlisted for the Freelands Award 2023 are: 

  • Chapter (Cardiff) and Imogen Stidworthy
  • Camden Art Centre (London) and Ain Bailey
  • Goldsmiths CCA (London) and Christina Mackie
  • QUAD (Derby) and Becky Beasley
  • Whitechapel Gallery (London) and Joy Gregory

Five organisations and artists from across the UK are in contention for the prize of £110,000, given to an exhibition which will take place in the next three years

In 2025, Chapter will present a new body of immersive, multi-channel video and sound work by Imogen Stidworthy, which will explore radical therapies and mental health today. 

The huge award includes an allocated £30,000 fee for the winning artist, and the four runner-up organisations receive £10,000 towards their programmes.

The winner of the Freelands Award 2023 will be announced on 29th November 2023 following selection by a jury, which includes Elisabeth Murdoch (Founder and Chair, Freelands Foundation), writer Olivia Laing, curator Elinor Morgan (Artistic Director, MIMA), and artist Ingrid Pollard (winner of the Freelands Award 2020).

Imogen Stidworthy, who lives in Liverpool, has been shortlisted for the award with Chapter - Credit: Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Imogen Stidworthy said:

"Being shortlisted for the Freelands Award is an exciting gesture of support, which comes at an especially valuable moment for me, as I begin developing a new direction in my practice. Making a major solo exhibition is a rare opportunity, which is always a sea change. It's a galvanising process that pushes my practice on all levels."

Hannah Firth, Co-Director and Artistic Director of Chapter, said:

"We're delighted to be shortlisted for the Freelands Award 2023 and for the opportunity to work with Imogen Stidworthy.

"Now, more than ever, it's vital to collaborate with artists who articulate how we might view the world through different lenses, opening up the possibility for a more equitable society."

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