Mark Westall , Fad Art, 5 May 2022

Bow Arts have announced the launch of the inaugural East London Art Prize, sponsored by Minerva and supported by East Bank and other east London based partners including, V&A East, UCL, LCF and LLDC,
the Olympic Park Charity. The East London Art Prize (ELAP) will be an important new biennial event, designed to celebrate and showcase the quality of art made by professional artists living or working
in east London.

The prize will include an exhibition of shortlisted artists at Bow Arts’ prestigious Nunnery Gallery in January 2023 where the overall winner of a £15,000 cash prize will be announced. In addition to the cash award, the winner will receive a solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in 2024, developed in conjunction with Bow Arts and run as part of the Gallery programme. A second prize of a year’s free studio space at Bow Arts, equivalent to £2,000, will also be awarded.


The shortlist and eventual winner will be selected by a panel of internationally recognised art experts including, artist, Larry Achiampong, curator and Director of The Line, Megan Piper, art critic and broadcaster, Louisa Buck and Ellie Pennick, Director of East London’s Guts Gallery. Chaired by Bow Arts Director, Sophie Hill, the panel will be looking for work which represents the diversity and rich cultural life of east London, one of the most vibrant and important cultural hubs in Europe.

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