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Olivia Bax

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Winner 2019-2020

We are delighted to announce that Olivia Bax (b. 1988, Singapore) has won the 2019-20 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Bax wins £8,000 towards the production of new work over the coming year, a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2020 plus a National Touring Programme.

Bax was selected from 240 applicants from across the UK, by a panel comprising Simon Wallis OBE, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, Rebecca Scott, artist and Mark Tanner Trust, Emma Kelly, Standpoint and Anna Reading, winner of the MTSA 2018/19.

There was an extremely strong shortlist of eight artists selected for interview; shortlisted artists were Josephine Baker, Jolanta Basova, Marie Aimée Fattouche, Byzantia Harlow, Harley Kuyck-Cohen, Jocelyn McGregor and Lindsey Mendick.

Bax who lives and works in London, was selected for the Mark Tanner award for her large-scale sculptural forms, composed of steel, chicken wire and paper pulp, and guided by her interest in the process and physicality of construction.

Bax studied BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2007-2010) and MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014-2016). Recent solo exhibitions include: Roost, Lily Brooke Gallery, London (2018); at large, VO Curations, 93 Baker Street, London (2018) and Zest, Fold Gallery, London (2016/17). Recent group exhibitions include: PUNCH: Olivia Bax & Dominic Beattie, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, UK (2019); Harder Edge, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); Olivia Bax | Milly Peck | Rafal Zajko, Three Works, Scarborough (2018); The Ground is Good, Modern Painters, New Decorators, Loughborough (2018) and A Motley Crew, Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm (2017).

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.

Above image: Olivia Bax, 'Monkey Cups', 2018, Steel, chicken wire, newspaper, glue, paint, plaster, 240 x 212 x 146cm, Three Works, Scarborough. Photo: Chris Shaw