Since 2015 Unit G Gallery has run the Hackney WickED Art Prize competition at the Hackney WickED Open Studios and awarded a first-prize and runner-up status to artists with a studio open to the public over that weekend in Hackney Wick and Fish Island who have invited us to see their work and hear their stories.
In 2016 we had 16 artists on our longlist and selected 4 artists for our shortlist and a return studio visit. Out of these we chose a winner, painter and collagiste Christina BanBan from Mother Studios, and a runner-up, photographer Sinem Mucur from Lion Works.
In 2017, 15 Open Studios artists applied in advance to be on our longlist, and we selected 3 artists for a shortlist and return studio visit. Out of these we chose one winner, visual artist (painter, photographer and digital imager) Michael Worobec, from MotherX Studios, Queens Yard. This year’s Art Prize included £500 towards artist’s materials and a pre-arranged slot for us to curate his developing new collection ‘Fragments‘, for an exhibition in October to be held in Hackney Wick (Fish Island) itself.
Our 2017 runner up was Jim Jack, from Bridget Riley Studios, with whom we have been planning a new exhibition.