Hugo Barclay: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Skilled Choose Interview

Hugo Barclay is the Director of the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful and an knowledgeable choose on the panel for Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023. Learn Hugo’s sensible recommendation for entrants and what he might be searching for within the entries to the competitors this 12 months.

Above picture: True Love, 2020, Karima Duchamp, Oil on stretched canvas, 114.3 x 78.74 cm | 45 x 31 in


May you inform us a bit about your self and your work?

Hugo: I’m the Truthful director for the Inexpensive Artwork Gala’s, I run three artwork gala’s within the UK a 12 months and a web-based artwork advisory; The artwork honest prides itself on being a good for the individuals – whether or not you’re a collector whose been visiting the honest for 20+ years or simply dipping their toes within the artwork scene. We work exhausting on constructing an occasion that has an accessible vitality for individuals to find new artwork, to develop style and discover unique artwork at an inexpensive worth level.

For artists and their respective galleries, the honest is a platform that helps dwelling artists solely, not solely the following era of expertise, however mid-career artists too. The place the excessive road gallery footfall is a factor of the previous, the artwork honest is the place to construct a loyal shopper base.


Hugo Barclay

Hugo Barclay
Photograph credit score: Isabel Del Rey


What have been your exhibition highlights of 2022? Who’re the artists or artworks you have been most impressed by this previous 12 months?

Hugo: Ariane Jackson Marini is an artist I’ve been following for some time, fortunate sufficient to do be my final studio go to of the 12 months in Glasgow. Overseas, whereas I used to be visiting on the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful in Hamburg I found the works by Karima Duchamp.

Amanda Seibaek who graduated from the Glasgow Faculty of Artwork and was chosen to point out work on the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful Current Graduate Exhibition in October can also be one to observe too.


Ariane Jackson Marini’s Studio


How necessary do you assume awards and competitions are for artists at this time?

Hugo: Very. The variety of graduating visible artists outstrips the variety of business galleries, advisories and platforms. Together with constructing constant exhibition historical past, It’s necessary for the general public to have parameters to evaluate artist credibility. Competitions are an effective way to do that.

They’re equally very helpful for younger artists who could not have a schedule of annual exhibitions lined as much as make the most of an initiative as a quarterly aim, to permit them to have one thing to work in direction of. Being the brand new 12 months, committing to making use of to a contest is an effective way to ascertain focus and construct momentum when the considered going to a cold studio to make work could be exhausting to abdomen.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini


What’s going to you be searching for within the entries submitted to the competitors this 12 months?

Hugo: Consistency and originality of inventive voice, a sound understanding of how subject material of a apply is communicated visually. Maturity in mark making and composition.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini artworks on show


Do you’ve gotten any recommendation for artists on the market interested by coming into Jackson’s Portray Prize this 12 months?

Hugo: Get the date you’ll apply the diary at this time, make a plan and really do it.

Don’t reinvent your self, be you.

Apply with a constant physique of labor, demonstrating readability of your voice

Lastly respect that evaluating art work digitally could be difficult for us judges – take some time to take well-lit photographs of your work.

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