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The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Rosie Edwards

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Winner 2021-22

Image: Without End, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Rosie Edwards (b.1981 Oxford, UK) has won the 2021-22 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

Edwards wins £8,000 towards the production of new work over the coming year, a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2022, followed by a National Touring Programme.

Edwards was selected from over 240 applicants from across the UK by a panel comprising: Eva Rothschild RA; Lewis Gilbert, associate curator at New Art Centre; Rebecca Scott, director at Cross Lane Projects and Mark Tanner Trust; and Dean Kenning, MTSA winner 2020-21.

Edwards sculptures follow two dominant methods of making which she categorises as ‘Shape Shifters’ and ‘Apparitions’. ‘Shape Shifters’ are networked structures initially constructed with straws and wire, riveted steel or sprung steel so that they can be malleable until fixed solid. These works animate the formal language of Minimalism and destabilise the rigid formality of the grid, compounding qualities of hard and soft, sculpture and textile. ‘Apparitions’, in comparison, are sculptural forms that come into being from the inside out. Made using ready-made membranes - balls, balloons, garment bags, and tubing - these found ‘skins’ are inflated with foam to create hitherto unfathomed beings.

There was an extremely strong shortlist of eight artists selected for interview from across the UK. Shortlisted artists were Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Benjamin Cohen, Katrina Cowling, Julika Gittner, Ant Hamlyn, Nnena Kalu and Luke Routledge.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. It seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material. 

Edwards is the 19th recipient of the annual award.

The exhibition for last year’s winner, Dean Kenning, will open at Standpoint this September.

Image: Without End, 2021, Steel fixing band, plaster bandage, fiberglass tape, filler, gesso, steel mesh, Rayon twine, fabric hardener, plaster.