The Marmite Prize for Painting

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The New Light of Tomorrow, 2010 © Copyright of the artist
© Courtesy of the Artist and The Nunnery
The Marmite Prize for Painting

181-183 Bow Road
E3 2SJ London

April 8th, 2011 - May 1st, 2011
Opening: April 7th, 2011 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

tower hamlets
020 8980 7774
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
mixed-media, figurative, modern, traditional
Entry to the exhibition and events is free.


Now in its third incarnation, The Marmite Prize for Painting is a biennial open submission prize and touring exhibition, showcasing the best in contemporary painting from the UK and abroad.  This exhibition of a diverse selection of paintings by 48 artists provides an opportunity to view new work by established painters alongside emerging artists. The final stage of the exhibition and the announcement of this year’s winner will take place at The Nunnery, Bow, in April 2011.

This exhibition of a diverse selection of paintings by 48 artists provides the opportunity to view new work by established painters alongside emerging artists.The selected works offer a broad look at contemporary painting, ranging from the monumental, as seen in Tom Ormond’s The New Light of Tomorrow (2010), to the very dark, such as The Decomposition of Violets (2010) by Ben Walker. Amongst the less conventional paintings on display are Daniela Sarigu’s, Loop (2010), which is made up of cut up strips of painted canvas sitting in a pile on the floor and Soheila Sokhanvari’s Not Dead Yet (2010), painted directly onto the hard cover of a book.

The curators have dedicated the exhibition hang to American artist Ida Applebroog and as such the works don’t always conform to a traditional hang, with some of the paintings installed on wooden structures.

The judges are established painters Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Mali Morris RA and 2008 Marmite Prize winner Dai Roberts. They will select a winner and two runners up from the shortlisted works, with the winner receiving Hammerhead(2010), a specially commissioned sculpture made and very kindly donated by Bill Woodrow RA. The runners up will receive a pat on the back.

Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite work via the ‘Visitor’s Choice Box’. The announcement of the Visitor’s Choice winner will be made at the close of the exhibition via The Marmite Prize website.

There will be a programme of additional events accompanying the exhibition including a Curators’ Talk on Saturday 16 April (3-4.30pm): Marmite Prize curators, Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran, will discuss the exhibition and their ambivalent relationship with the idea of the 'Prize', and art prizes in general.

Exhibition Preview and Prize Announcement: 6.30-9.00pm, Thursday 7th April 2011

The Marmite Prize for Painting runs at The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ (nearest tube Bow Road, nearest DLR Bow Church) from Friday 8 April until Sunday 1 May. The Nunnery is open 12 – 6pm, Friday – Sunday.

For further information about the exhibition, please contact the gallery on 020 8709 5292 or e-mail:

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