Standpoint is delighted to announce that Beth Collar has won the 2016-17 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Collar wins £8,000 towards the production of new work over the coming year, towards a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2017.
Collar was selected from 207 applicants from across mainland UK, by a panel comprising Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, British artist Hew Locke, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2015-16 Megan Broadmeadow, and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.
There was an extremely strong shortlist of eight artists selected for interview. Shortlisted artists were Zoe Schoenherr, Jonathan Trayte, Elly Thomas, Emily Motto, Nicolas Rojas Hayes, Hermione Allsop and Miranda Housden.
Beth Collar works in sculpture, drawing, video and text. The main method she employs is an appropriated form of experimental archaeology, a sort of role-play or drag, which she combines with the methods of the prop maker. Through engineering scenarios both physical and mental: the blacksmith; the witch; the medium; the medieval sculptor; beings are embodied and things are made: a forged spearhead; performance to camera; etching or sculpture; a replica velociraptor claw; a text; a bouncy, rubber severed head. Collar combines the authentic with the authentic-looking, being interested in and troubled by the fine line that the figure of the 'artist' also embodies.
Collar lives and works in Bristol. Since exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2008 her work has been displayed in several prestigious institutions in the UK and internationally, including Probably, Like a Melon Rolling Off a Table: Part II, solo performance for Saturday Live, Serpentine Galleries, London, Jan 2015, Secret Agents, group exhibition curated by Hemera Collective, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Sept-Oct 2015 and 11/50, solo show, Fig-2, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, March 2015 . Collar is currently Artist in Residence at University of Bristol History Dept in the 'Figure of the Witch' research project. Her Tall Tales, touring group exhibition is at the Freud Museum London, Rochdale and Glasgow Women's Library from March 2016 – 2017.
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work, plus a solo show at Standpoint Gallery.
The MTSA seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.
The MTSA is selected by a panel including two guest selectors, one of which is always a practicing sculptor, plus the previous year's winner of the award and a trustee of the Mark Tanner Foundation. Fiona MacDonald, curator at Standpoint, chairs the panel.
Current award holder Megan Broadmeadow will be presenting her work supported by the award at Standpoint in April-May 2016. See Upcoming in Gallery Exhibitions for more information. Megan was selected from 216 applicants from across the UK, by a panel comprising Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator at the Baltic, Gateshead, British sculptor Richard Wilson, current Mark Tanner Sculpture Award holder Kate Lyddon, and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.