Leeds University shortlisted for art award

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Leeds University has been shortlisted for one of the country’s most valuable contemporary art awards.

Working with artist Katrina Palmer and the Henry Moore Institute, the university’s Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is one of just four in the UK in the running for the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2015.

The award, which is worth £40,000, is given to a museum or public gallery so it can commission a major new artwork for its permanent collection from an artist not yet well represented in British museum collections.

The partnership hopes to devise a commission for Katrina Palmer focusing on the university’s public art collection. Palmer, who creates sculptures using words, could create an audio artwork, producing the university’s first non-object campus work.

Layla Bloom, curator of the gallery in the university’s Parkinson Building, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted. Our recently unveiled sculpture by rising star Simon Fujiwara has underlined the university’s commitment to public art on its campus - work that can be enjoyed by everyone at any time. Being able to commission such an excitingly innovative artist such as Katrina would enhance this commitment and also contribute to our efforts to add more work by women artists to the gallery’s collection.”

The other nominees are Pablo Helguera with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Ragnar Kjartansson with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Artes Mundi; and Stephen Sutcliffe and Graham Eatough with The Whitworth, part of The University of Manchester, in partnership with LUX. The winner will be announced in London’s Barbican Centre in November.