Woon Foundation Prize

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize offers an exceptional opportunity annually for students currently in the final year of their undergraduate study within the United Kingdom.

The remarkable first prize is a £20,000 fellowship with a 12-month studio space in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle’s city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship.

There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000.

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 first winning recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize was Holly Hendry who took up residence in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at BALTIC 39, Newcastle in 2013. Just four short years on and Hendry is showing new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, until 24 September in her first major UK institutional exhibition Wrot. Excitingly, Hendry joined the Woon Foundation Prize judging panel this year, alongside established artists and esteemed curators.

Northumbria and BALTIC jointly award and present the The Woon Foundation Prize for Painting and Sculpture as an important part of the successful strategic partnership between the two organisations.

Mr Wee Teng Woon kindly funds these major prizes and support of emerging artists and talent development to the value of £40,000 through his family’s foundation.

The prize was launched in 2012 and the inaugural winner was Holly Hendry who completed her Fellowship in September 2014. Ramona Zoladek held the Fellowship 2014/15, Kayt Hughes in 2015/16 and the current fellow is Becca Halliwell-Sutton.

Woon Tai Jee Fellows

2017/18 Fellow: Joy Labinjo
2016/17 Fellow: Becca Halliwell-Sutton
2015/16 Fellow: Kayt Hughes
2014/15 Fellow: Ramona Zoladek
2013/14 Fellow: Holly Hendry

View 2016 Woon Prize exhibition catalogue
View 2015 Woon Prize exhibition catalogue