Artist Clare in the picture for Northern Art Prize



A research fellow at the University of Lincoln has been shortlisted for this year’s Northern Art Prize.


Clare Charnley, who is undertaking a part-time research fellowship at the University’s Lincoln School of Art and Design, is one of four contenders vying for the accolade.


The Northern Art Prize is open to contemporary artists of any age working in the north of England and has a total prize fund of more than £20,000.


To be nominated, artists have to be put forward by a select group of gallery curators and other key figures from the world of contemporary art.


A long-list of 24 artists is then cut down to a shortlist of four by a panel of judges.


Clare, who along with her research fellowship at Lincoln is also a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, said just making the shortlist was an achievement which would raise her profile as an artist within the UK.


Her work is photography, video and performance based.


She said: “My submission is very mixed. A lot of it is photographic work – collaborative performance to camera. There is also another video-based project I am doing about misunderstandings.

“The four short-listed artists will have an exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery. I have got about five different pieces of work in the show.”


Clare’s submission included a collaborative project with a Brazilian photographer called Patricia Azevedo from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.


Her most recent work, called Misunderstandings, was also included. This project looks at how everyday situations can be misconstrued – often in humorous ways.


Clare’s work, along with that of the other three shortlisted artists, will be exhibited at the Leeds City Art Gallery between 21 November and 1 February 2009.


The Northern Art Prize winner will be announced on 15 January 2009. The prize winner will receive £16,500 and each of the three runners up will receive £1,500.


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An example of work by Clare