September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Hugo Barclay: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Skilled Choose Interview

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Hugo Barclay is the Director of the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful and an knowledgeable decide on the panel for Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023. Learn Hugo’s sensible recommendation for entrants and what he might be on the lookout for within the entries to the competitors this 12 months.

Above picture: True Love, 2020, Karima Duchamp, Oil on stretched canvas, 114.3 x 78.74 cm | 45 x 31 in


May you inform us a bit about your self and your work?

Hugo: I’m the Truthful director for the Inexpensive Artwork Festivals, I run three artwork gala’s within the UK a 12 months and a web-based artwork advisory; The artwork truthful prides itself on being a good for the folks – whether or not you’re a collector whose been visiting the truthful for 20+ years or simply dipping their toes within the artwork scene. We work exhausting on constructing an occasion that has an accessible power for folks to find new artwork, to develop style and discover unique artwork at an inexpensive value level.

For artists and their respective galleries, the truthful is a platform that helps residing artists solely, not solely the subsequent technology of expertise, however mid-career artists too. The place the excessive avenue gallery footfall is a factor of the previous, the artwork truthful is the place to construct a loyal shopper base.


Hugo Barclay

Hugo Barclay
Picture credit score: Isabel Del Rey


What have been your exhibition highlights of 2022? Who’re the artists or artworks you had been most impressed by this previous 12 months?

Hugo: Ariane Jackson Marini is an artist I’ve been following for some time, fortunate sufficient to do be my final studio go to of the 12 months in Glasgow. Overseas, whereas I used to be visiting on the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful in Hamburg I found the works by Karima Duchamp.

Amanda Seibaek who graduated from the Glasgow Faculty of Artwork and was chosen to point out work on the Inexpensive Artwork Truthful Latest Graduate Exhibition in October can also be one to observe too.


Ariane Jackson Marini’s Studio


How necessary do you suppose awards and competitions are for artists at present?

Hugo: Very. The variety of graduating visible artists outstrips the variety of business galleries, advisories and platforms. Together with constructing constant exhibition historical past, It’s necessary for the general public to have parameters to evaluate artist credibility. Competitions are a good way to do that.

They’re equally very helpful for younger artists who could not have a schedule of annual exhibitions lined as much as make the most of an initiative as a quarterly purpose, to permit them to have one thing to work in direction of. Being the brand new 12 months, committing to making use of to a contest is a good way to determine focus and construct momentum when the considered going to a cold studio to make work will be exhausting to abdomen.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini


What is going to you be on the lookout for within the entries submitted to the competitors this 12 months?

Hugo: Consistency and originality of creative voice, a sound understanding of how material of a apply is communicated visually. Maturity in mark making and composition.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini artworks on show


Do you could have any recommendation for artists on the market fascinated by coming into Jackson’s Portray Prize this 12 months?

Hugo: Get the date you will apply the diary at present, make a plan and really do it.

Don’t reinvent your self, be you.

Apply with a constant physique of labor, demonstrating readability of your voice

Lastly admire that evaluating art work digitally will be difficult for us judges – take some time to take well-lit photos of your work.

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Hugo Barclay

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Clare McNamara

As Weblog Editor, Clare oversees content material for the weblog, manages the publishing schedule and contributes frequently with options, critiques and interviews. With a background in wonderful arts, her practices are illustration, graphic design, video and music.

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