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Jerwood Contemporary Painters exhibition 2009

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s show, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced the artists selected for the third Jerwood Contemporary Painters exhibition, which will be on display at the Jerwood Space from April 22 to May 31 2009.

This vibrant collection of 26 emerging artists demonstrates some of the current debates about what painting is, and what it may become. The exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to emerging artists who are at a particular stage in their development and who have graduated since 2000. The 26 artists selected for the 2009 exhibition are:

Lee Broughall, Carla Busuttil, Michael Cassidy, Paul Doran, Aiden Doherty, Aleana Egan, Fergus Feehily, Alistair Frost, Andrew Graves, Geraldine Gliubislavich, Gabriel Hartley, William Monk, Ryan Mosley, Matt Musgrave, Scott O’Rourke, Jamie Partridge, Oliver Perkins, Emma Puntis, Robert Rush, Ellen Stanford, Alan Stanners, Paul Taylor, Phoebe Unwin, Mathew Weir, Sam Windett and David Webb.

Each artist will receive an equal share of the £30,000 participation fee. The fee is an important part of nurturing serious support for artists at this crucial point in their careers.

The selection panel, Mali Morris (chair), Phillip Allen and Alexis Harding researched eligible artists from across the UK and Ireland, inviting them to submit images of their work. Then a short-list of 34 sent in paintings, and from this group 26 artists were selected to take part in an exhibition.

As Mali Morris explained, “We started out by looking at hundreds of images – work by painters we already knew of, painters we were being told about, some discovered in shows, studios, art fairs, websites. The final selection came together months later, in front of a much smaller group – the paintings which we had kept on returning to, intrigued and admiring.

“By then we wanted everything in, but needed to think about how it would all work together as a show, – and we had to make difficult decisions. But the pleasures were in seeing so much good work going on, various and vivid, and then discovering what happened when some of it was brought together in one space.

“Witnessing such absorption and engagement in the continuing possibilities of painting has been rewarding, especially as these are artists at the beginning of their very promising careers. We hope the audiences of Jerwood Contemporary Painters will share in our enjoyment of this exhibition.”

A series of evening events will run on Monday nights during the course of the exhibition.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN (Nearest tube: Southwark).