Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
Nicholas Usherwood is a curator, art critic and writer on contemporary art and culture. He has written for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Arts Review and Resurgence and has been Features Editor of Galleries magazine since 1998. He was a selector for the Discerning Eye in 2005 and has also been on the panel of the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary panel since 2007, while in 2009 he was one of the judges for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has also recently been appointed both to the Board of Governors of the Federation of British Artists and to their Exhibitions’ Committee.
Trained originally as an art-historian at the Courtauld Institute of Art, he went, via teaching in art-schools, to work on the administration at the Royal Academy for some years before finally going independent in the late 70s. Lecturing, teaching and journalism have been continuous over the last 30 or more years but the real focus of interest has always been curating exhibitions and writing books and catalogues about Contemporary and 20th Century British artists. Among the latter has been Algernon Newton (Royal Academy and Sheffield), Tristram Hillier (Royal Academy and Bradford), Richard Eurich (Imperial War Museum and Southampton), Julian Trevelyan (Royal College of Art), Sidney Nolan (Agnews) and Joash Woodrow (Ben Uri Art Gallery) while in the contemporary field he has worked with (and written about) artists as varied as Evelyn Williams, David Inshaw, Leonard McComb, Christopher P. Wood, Tim Pomeroy, Dom Theobald, Liam Hanley, John Holden and Wynn Jones. Current projects include exhibitions and books on Carel Weight and Sonia Lawson.