Selected from open submission, the 11th annual Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking exhibition brought together a diverse range of printmaking by 13 artists from across the UK, presented in venues in Huddersfield and Scarborough.
The winner of this year’s Flourish Award is Lucy May Schofield. The Great Art Award went to Louisa Boyd, and the WYPW prize to a student/recent graduate went jointly to Flora McLachlan and Lucie MacGregor. Flora McLachlan also won the Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies ‘People’s Choice’ Award, voted for by visitors to the exhibitions.
Established in 2009 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop to champion printmakers working in Yorkshire, Flourish now celebrates work from across the UK. Each year the exhibition includes 12-15 artists shortlisted for the award by an independent panel of judges. This year’s judges are Stephen Snoddy, Artist and Director New Art Gallery Walsall; Bronwen Sleigh, Artist and Printmaker; and Grant Scanlan, Huddersfield Museums Manager.
The Flourish Award always presents a unique insight into printmaking from across the UK and the changing panel of selectors ensures each exhibition is quite different from the previous year. There is often an intriguing mix of highly skilled traditional printmaking alongside more experimental, unconventional work, pushing the boundaries of scale and medium. Previous judges have included high profile artists such as Anne Desmet, Norman Ackroyd, Katherine Jones and Tracy Hill, and curators such as Helen Waters, Director at Cristea Roberts Gallery. Previous prize winners have included Sumi Perera, Neil Bousfield, Liz K Miller, Amy-Jane Blackhall and last year’s winner Hazel Roberts.
The winner of the Award goes on to present a solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2022. They will also benefit from a two-week residency at WYPW.