For the last four years Four Colman Getty has worked with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to announce their annual Awards for Artists – the largest award for individual artists and composers living and working in the UK.
Jarvis Cocker was the guest speaker at this year's awards evening, treating around 200 guests from across the arts sectors to one of his ‘fabled PowerPoint presentations’, which reflected on his own experiences of Paul Hamlyn's generosity and support for creativity as a reader of his books.
He then introduced the five visual artists and five composers who each received a £60,000 award, with no strings attached as to how they use the money. The five visual artists are Steven Claydon, Peter Kennard, Linder, Charlotte Prodger and Rehana Zaman. The five composers are Laurence Crane, Mary Hampton, Leafcutter John, Serafina Steer and Byron Wallen.
This year marks an expansion of the list of composers, from three to five, reflecting the breadth of contemporary music that the awards support, from classical and folk, to jazz and electronica. It also sees a £10,000 increase for each individual, to account for the rising basic living costs.
Mary Hampton was interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Serafina Steer on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone on 6 Music. The awards were covered across the sector including pieces in The Art Newspaper, Frieze, It’s Nice That, Classical Music and Jazzwise.
Awards recipients always go on to do great things and many of this year's cohort have major shows, releases and tours coming up in 2018. We urge you to keep an eye out for them and experience their work for yourself. You can read their biographies here.