For the first time the £30,000 Threadneedle Prize – one of the UK’s most valuable art prizes – was awarded to two winners: Clare McCormack and Lisa Wright.
Liverpool-born artist Clare McCormack’s work Dead Labour/Dead Labourer is a woodcut portrait of her grandfather, who died of Asbestosis after working on building sites for the majority of his life.
McCormack uses scaffolding planks as the ground for her print, the rough surface acting as a symbol of the subject depicted.
Trained at the Royal Academy Schools, Lisa Wright’s painting The Guilty’s Gaze on the Innocent explores the embarrassment, confusion and awkwardness of adolescence and makes reference to 16th century portrait painting, possibly influenced by her two-year residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The £10,000 Visitors Choice Award was won by Conrad Engelhardt with his portrait on Aung San Suu Kyi