Artist Rebecca Moss Secures Dover Prize 2023 in Darlington

Closing Up to date on: sixth December 2023, 05:40 pm

The County Durham Neighborhood Basis (the Basis) has declared Rebecca Moss because the recipient of the 2023 Dover Prize, following a aggressive variety procedure involving over 320 submissions from UK artists. Moss is ready to obtain £10,000, helping the improvement of an exhibition to be premiered in Darlington in 2025.

A panel of judges from esteemed establishments similar to The Bowes Museum, Arts Council England, Ingenious Darlington, Create Britain, Tees Valley College, and the Basis have been unanimous in deciding on Rebecca Moss for her distinctive inventive taste. Moss’s paintings, characterized by means of slapstick parts and using commonplace pieces to discover absurdity, stood out a few of the submissions.

Sharon Gollan, Head of Grants on the Basis, expressed her perspectives at the award: “The Dover Prize is an important alternative for artists to adopt analysis and increase new paintings, which might be observed for the primary time in Darlington. This yr the judging was once tougher than ever – we’ve had such a lot of very good packages this yr and it’s superb to peer nice ability from throughout the United Kingdom exploring alternatives right here. Rebecca’s paintings in an instant appealed to the judging panel with an overly particular public dealing with and available manner; she is bringing cutting edge, artful, and really humorous artwork to the area for all to have interaction with. We’re excited to peer what Rebecca will create and proportion within the borough.”

The Dover Prize, now in its twenty fifth yr, was once established by means of Peggy Nonhebel (née Dover) in 1998. It has since supported a large number of artists, distributing over £85,000 in awards, underneath the stewardship of the County Durham Neighborhood Basis.

On profitable the award, Rebecca Moss mentioned, “I’m overjoyed to win the Dover prize, at an overly well timed second in my paintings and existence. With this prize I plan to discover Darlington’s business heritage, fascinated with pre-electronic energy and effort, and drawing upon my hobby in mechanisms which might be activated by means of water. This undertaking will construct upon subject matters of motion, animation and kinetic works of art. I nonetheless can’t consider I received, and I’m so thankful for this award.”

Vicky Sturrs, a member of the Dover Prize judging panel and Director of Programmes and Collections at The Bowes Museum, shared her enthusiasm: “I’m extraordinarily happy to congratulate Rebecca Moss as this yr’s Dover Prize recipient. This award will give Rebecca the chance to additional increase and discover her observe. I already love the absurdity of her paintings, its humour and the way in which her virtually DIY-like motion pictures captivate audiences. I see this each day in our guests to The Bowes Museum the place 3 of Rebecca’s motion pictures characteristic in our first-floor exhibition The Magic of the Silver Swan. I’m excited to peer what she does subsequent in our area.”

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