The recipient of this 2015's exciting art prize is Allyson McIntyre completed her MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in the same year. Phenomenally, she applied for the award at the same time as finishing her degree.
In 2015 there were hundreds of applicants from all over the world vying for the prize, but from 19 eventual finalists, Allyson reigned supreme. In fact, the choice of Allyson’s painting, ‘Moon Cries for Ferdinand,’ was practically unanimous amongst the 22 judges, which included Tracey Emin, Liz Murdoch, Ivan Massow, Dylan Jones and one of our personally favourite people, Mark Inglefield of Albany Arts Communications.To select the ultimate winner, the judges dined together in the gallery, savouring lunch provided by Hix’s own Tramshed whilst discussing and debating the merits of the various artworks. The prestigious panel then scored each piece out of a possible 5 and Allyson was beyond-a-doubt, the artist of choice.Of Allyson’s winning painting, Tracey Emin praises, “This work was a massive surprise, I was really impressed with the confidence.’