Art has always sustained humanity in its darkest hours.
To sequester means to isolate. To put away, to set aside for a particular purpose. The Sequested Prize, an abbreviation on the term, is using an unprecendented word for unprecedented times.
Launched during the time of COVID-19, the prize is designed to create a platform of recognition and support to those working to establish or continue their artistic practice.
Many artists’ financial existence is very fragile, even at mid-career and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the creative industries suffers alongside many others.
This special competition and prize, co-founded by artist W.K. Lyhne and art curator and advisor Fru Tholstrup, is designed to offer light and hope in these dark times; it will culminate in the opportunity for 15 Sequested Prize artists to be part of a London-based gallery selling show, before the close of 2020.
The prize, which costs £10 to enter, is open to all and designed to support those who are working to establish or continue in a professional art career.
You can enter the competition if you’re aged 18 years and above, live in the UK or are UK-based (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. It also includes the Republic of Ireland). Submissions close next month on June 30.
Entrants must create a self-portrait. A maximum of two images is allowed per entrant.
“Looking at yourself, using you as primary subject matter is as a way of connecting with others in these constrained and strange times. Only you can describe you now, start where you are, use what you have.”
The 15 winners will be chosen over a two-stage selection process, by an esteemed panel of renowned industry leaders including Katy Hessel, art historian and curator; founder of @thegreatwomenartists , Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery; Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, Mayfair Times columnist and chairman of London Fashion Week Men’s; Ewan Venters, Fortnum & Mason CEO; and portrait artist Jonathan Yeo.
The handpicked winners will get the chance to be in a show at the Tristan Hoare Gallery in Fitzrovia, London, before the end of the year.
Ten per cent of sales will go to CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, while 10 per cent will support the cost of the exhibition. The gallery will take no commission, and the remainder will go to the artist.
All images via @ancientprada Instagram