Hugo Barclay: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Knowledgeable Decide Interview

Hugo Barclay is the Director of the Reasonably priced Artwork Honest and an knowledgeable choose on the panel for Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023. Learn Hugo’s sensible recommendation for entrants and what he shall be searching for within the entries to the competitors this yr.

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 Honest director for the Reasonably priced Artwork Festivals, I run three artwork festivals within the UK a yr and a web based artwork advisory; The artwork truthful prides itself on being a good for the individuals – whether or not you’re a collector whose been visiting the truthful for 20+ years or simply dipping their toes within the artwork scene. We work onerous on constructing an occasion that has an accessible power for individuals to find new artwork, to develop style and discover authentic artwork at an inexpensive worth level.

For artists and their respective galleries, the truthful is a platform that helps residing artists solely, not solely the following era of expertise, however mid-career artists too. The place the excessive avenue gallery footfall is a factor of the previous, the artwork truthful is the place to construct a loyal consumer 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 yr?

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 yr in Glasgow. Overseas, whereas I used to be visiting on the Reasonably priced Artwork Honest 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 Reasonably priced Artwork Honest Latest Graduate Exhibition in October can also be one to look at too.


Ariane Jackson Marini’s Studio


How necessary do you suppose awards and competitions are for artists at the moment?

Hugo: Very. The variety of graduating visible artists outstrips the variety of industrial 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 a good way to do that.

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


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini


What is going to you be searching for within the entries submitted to the competitors this yr?

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 may have any recommendation for artists on the market fascinated by coming into Jackson’s Portray Prize this yr?

Hugo: Get the date you will apply the diary at the moment, make a plan and truly do it.

Don’t reinvent your self, be you.

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

Lastly recognize that evaluating paintings digitally could be difficult for us judges – make an effort to take well-lit photographs of your work.

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