Hugo Barclay: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Professional Choose Interview

Hugo Barclay is the Director of the Reasonably priced Artwork Truthful and an professional decide on the panel for Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023. Learn Hugo’s sensible recommendation for entrants and what he will likely be searching for within the entries to the competitors this 12 months.

Above picture: True Love, 2020, Karima Duchamp, Oil on stretched canvas, 114.3 x 78.74 cm | 45 x 31 in


Might you inform us a bit about your self and your work?

Hugo: I’m the Truthful director for the Reasonably priced Artwork Gala’s, I run three artwork festivals within the UK a 12 months and a web-based artwork advisory; The artwork honest prides itself on being a good for the folks – whether or not you’re a collector whose been visiting the honest for 20+ years or simply dipping their toes within the artwork scene. We work exhausting on constructing an occasion that has an accessible vitality for folks to find new artwork, to develop style and discover authentic artwork at an affordable value level.

For artists and their respective galleries, the honest is a platform that helps residing artists solely, not solely the subsequent technology of expertise, however mid-career artists too. The place the excessive road gallery footfall is a factor of the previous, the artwork honest is the place to construct a loyal consumer base.


Hugo Barclay

Hugo Barclay
Photograph credit score: Isabel Del Rey


What have been your exhibition highlights of 2022? Who’re the artists or artworks you had been most impressed by this previous 12 months?

Hugo: Ariane Jackson Marini is an artist I’ve been following for some time, fortunate sufficient to do be my final studio go to of the 12 months in Glasgow. Overseas, whereas I used to be visiting on the Reasonably priced Artwork Truthful in Hamburg I found the works by Karima Duchamp.

Amanda Seibaek who graduated from the Glasgow Faculty of Artwork and was chosen to point out work on the Reasonably priced Artwork Truthful Current Graduate Exhibition in October can also be one to observe too.


Ariane Jackson Marini’s Studio


How necessary do you suppose awards and competitions are for artists as we speak?

Hugo: Very. The variety of graduating visible artists outstrips the variety of industrial galleries, advisories and platforms. Together with constructing constant exhibition historical past, It’s necessary for the general public to have parameters to evaluate artist credibility. Competitions are an effective way to do that.

They’re equally very helpful for younger artists who could not have a schedule of annual exhibitions lined as much as benefit from an initiative as a quarterly objective, to permit them to have one thing to work in the direction of. Being the brand new 12 months, committing to making use of to a contest is an effective way to ascertain focus and construct momentum when the considered going to a cold studio to make work might be exhausting to abdomen.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini


What’s going to you be searching for within the entries submitted to the competitors this 12 months?

Hugo: Consistency and originality of creative voice, a sound understanding of how material of a follow is communicated visually. Maturity in mark making and composition.


Hugo Barclay

Ariane Jackson Marini artworks on show


Do you have got any recommendation for artists on the market desirous about getting into Jackson’s Portray Prize this 12 months?

Hugo: Get the date you will apply the diary as we speak, make a plan and truly do it.

Don’t reinvent your self, be you.

Apply with a constant physique of labor, demonstrating readability of your voice

Lastly admire that evaluating art work digitally might be difficult for us judges – take the time to take well-lit photographs of your work.

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