From a record 222 applications for this year’s Left Bank Leeds Art Prize, we’ve chosen 38 artists to exhibit and selected five exceptional entrants for the £500 prize, who will each be featured by The State of the Arts.
Artists and collectives were invited, via an open call out, to submit work that related to this year’s theme of ‘connection’ in any medium they chose. Our beautiful building will provide a unique backdrop for the resulting exhibition of around 120 pieces, spanning painting, sculpture, digital art, performance pieces, installations and sound pieces.
The winner of the £500 prize will be decided at the exhibition opening event on 17 July, 6-8pm. Come along to explore the exhibition and cast your vote for one of the five shortlisted artists until 7.30pm, after which the winner will be announced.
Spaces at the opening event can be secured here and donations are welcome. The exhibition runs at Left Bank Leeds from 17-20 July, between 10am and 5pm.
The shortlisted artists are:
Katy Bentham / @katy_bentham
Arit Emmanuela Etukudo / @arit_emmanuela
Sarah Louise Hawkins / @sarahlouise_hawkins
David Sowerby / @davidsworldtoday
Leon G Varga / @varga_leon
Our Director, Courtney Spencer, who also curated the exhibition, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Left Bank Leeds Art Prize continue to grow. It’s a great showcase of talent from Leeds, the UK and further afield. This year, we’re collaborating with The State of The Arts, who will be featuring the five shortlisted artists on their website. The £500 prize is awarded to help the winning artist develop their practice. We want to increase awareness of Leeds as a vibrant city with a rich cultural offering, so it’s exciting to see an increase in submissions each year, which includes international artists from across the globe.”
Exhibiting artists include