[Featured image: Yulia Iosilzon, ‘Red Palms’ 120 x 95cm, Oil, silicone on transparent fabric, 2019]
The Hix Award, which carries a £10,000 first prize to put towards studio costs, is open to current students and recent graduates of UK art colleges. It was created in 2013 by Hix to give young artists a platform to showcase their work and take their first steps in their professional careers. The winner will also receive a solo exhibition at HIX ART, Hix’s Shoreditch gallery.
The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of 15. They are: Alexander Dixon, Bianca Barandun, Christopher Hartmann, Dafni Atha, David Mullen, Gabriela Giroletti, Jacob Littlejohn, Jung Min Park, Lucy Gregory, Megan Mary Baker, Melissa Hartley, Paul Wood, Richard Baker, Saroj Patel, Yulia Iosilzon.
The winner will be announced tonight, 24 October, at an awards ceremony at the gallery, where they will be presented with a trophy designed by the artist Damien Hirst. The second prize winner will receive £1,000 CASS art vouchers and the People’s Choice winner will get a weekend trip for two to HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis with a dinner at HIX Oyster & Fish House.
The judges this year include Iwan Wirth, Eliza Bonham-Carter, Head of Art, Royal Academy of Arts, Dylan Jones, GQ editor and Paul Robinson, founder of Artlyst.