Woon Foundation Prize 2017
30 June – 6 August 2017

The Project Space at BALTIC 39 will present for the third time the annual Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, a vibrant show by talented graduating artists from across the country. This unique and highly prestigious award, presented in partnership with Northumbria University, has been made possible by the Woon Foundation.

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize offers an exceptional opportunity for students currently in their final year of undergraduate study in the United Kingdom. The Woon Foundation kindly funds three major prizes –  in addition to an artist fee for all shortlisted artists – each year to the value of £40,000.

This year’s shortlisted artists have been selected by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist; Holly Hendry, artist / inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize; Hilary Lloyd, artist / Turner Prize-nominee; and Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator.

The short listed artists are:

Charlie-Mae Bloom | Wimbledon College of Arts
Olwyn Carroll | Central St Martins
Liam Fallon | Manchester School of Art
Nicole Gault | Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Kione Grandison | Wimbledon College of Arts
Realf Heygate | Central St Martins
Joy Labinjo | Newcastle University
Millie Layton | Glasgow School of Art
Motsonian | Northumbria University
Holly Shaw | Nottingham Trent

Joy Labinjo has been announced as the winner of this year’s prestigious Woon Foundation Prize.

Labinjo was awarded the £20,000 first prize at an award ceremony held at BALTIC 39, a contemporary art hub in the heart of Newcastle.

Recently graduated from Newcastle University, Labinjo won over a judging panel of high-profile industry professionals with her winning pieces, entitled “Jesus Christ is Lord” and “Untitled”.

Additional prizes of £9,000 and £6,000 were awarded to Liam Fallon and Kione Grandison.

The combined £40,000 competition prize, sponsored by the Woon Foundation, is equal in value to Britain’s biggest art award, the Turner Prize.

The Woon Foundation Prize 2017 exhibition continues at BALTIC 39 until 6 August 2017.


The creative vision and administration of the top floor of BALTIC 39 is managed by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The Project Space offers artists and guest curators creative freedom to experiment and innovate, enabling them to stretch the boundaries of contemporary art practice.

BALTIC’s reputation and recognition for responding to artists’ creative ambitions with the highest levels of technical presentation attracts the most exciting practitioners to BALTIC 39, ensuring that this gallery not only develops a loyal public audience but also quickly gains the attention of the wider visual arts sector.

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