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Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition 2007

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition, featuring around 60 pieces, will be on display at The Gallery at The Hospital, Covent Garden, between Tuesday, April 17 and Saturday, April 21, 2007.

The Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition is the UK’s premier student art competition and exhibition, and has been set up to discover exciting new artistic talent. It is open to art and design students at art colleges and universities throughout the UK; with students asked to create a work of art inspired by music.

The 2007 Competition has been the most successful to date receiving over 2000 entries from over 130 universities and art colleges.

The winner, who will be announced at the private view of the exhibition at The Hospital, will receive £5000 and see their artwork on the cover of 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize compilation CD, as well as exhibited alongside other finalists at this high profile exhibition.

Winning the Art Competition can also provide a significant career boost. Since winning in 2006, former Bath Spa University student Gethin Wyn Jones has gone on to join the studio team of Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst.

Sir Peter Blake RA, one of the competition’s judges said, “The Art Competition is a great way for the Nationwide Mercury Prize to support and promote young artists in the UK. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and seeing the wonderful range of works at the exhibition.”

And Dan Ford from the Nationwide Mercury Prize said, “We’re very excited about the success of the Art Competition as it goes into its third year. It’s great that the Nationwide Mercury Prize is able to champion and recognise the work of art students in this way. It’s also fantastic that The Hospital is able to host the exhibition again in 2007 and provide this showcase for emerging talent.”

Venue: The Gallery at The Hospital, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ.

Dates: Tuesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Times: Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 7pm, and Saturday 12pm – 7pm.