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The Marmite Prize for Painting

The Marmite Prize for Painting
Monday 20 May - Friday 14 June 2013

The Marmite Prize for Painting is a nomadic prize that champions a broad range of contemporary painting. Marmite Prize IV showcases 32 artists selected from almost 850 entries.

The shortlisted artists are diverse and international, from Amsterdam (Jana vanMeerveld), France (Yifat Gat), Germany (Silvie Jacobi), Ireland (Damien Flood), New York (Blake Shirley), and all across the UK.

The judges, who are all highly respected painters, are Dawn Mellor (born Manchester), Marta Marce (Spanish-born, London-based), Tim Stoner (London), and the last Marmite winner, Iain Andrews (North West based). They will select a winner and two runners up from the shortlisted works presented in the exhibition when the show reaches London in June 2013. The winner will receive a specially commissioned ‘marmite sculpture’ made and very kindly donated by renowned artist Richard Wentworth. Each city will also help to select a visitors’ choice award to be announced at the close of the exhibition tour.

Every year the Marmite Prize is dedicated to a very good artist. This dedication influences the hang of the works, in previous years this has led to artworks being hung upside down and hung off wooden structures. This year the dedicatee is former artist collective BANK, with their iconic 1995 exhibition, ‘Zombie Golf’ influencing the presentation of this years exhibition.

The Marmite Prize for Painting is a nonprofit independent project established in 2006, run by painters for painters. The project aims to question the validity of art prizes that evaluate creative activity with the intention of assigning a monetary value to the ‘winning’ artwork. As an alternative to a cash prize, the winning painter takes away the marmite, an artistmade vessel, which is awarded by the judges in recognition of artistic excellence.

The Marmrite Prize for Painting Exhibition opening event
Weds 22 May / 5.00-7.30pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of The Marmite Prize for Painting exhibition (bar provided).

Meet the curators of the exhibition, cast your vote for the Plymouth People’s Prize and experience a one off performative intervention by Fine Art Students.

The Marmite Prize for Painting – Curators Talk
Weds 29 May / 6.00-7.00pm
Join Stephanie Moran and Marcus Cope, curators of The Marmite Prize for Painting for a talk about why and how they set up the prize.

“The Marmite Prize for Painting (no relation to the yeast based spread) was launched in 2006, and has gone on to establish itself as an unconventional art prize – one that does not adhere to the zeitgeist or specific disciplines, encouraging everything from landscape paintings and sculptural portraits, abstracts and still lifes to be submitted. It is the only festival that can truly call itself ‘nomadic’ – a biennial event that takes the paintings to the people and regards giving the public access to the work as important as the prize itself.”

Sarah Walters, Manchester Evening News.

Tim Stoner artist talk (The Marmite Prize for Painting Judge)
Weds 5 June/ 6.00-7.00pm

Tim Stoner is a painter who lives and works in London and Andalucia. He studied at Norwich School of Art, The Royal College of Art and The Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. In 2001 he was resident at The British School at Rome.

He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions. In 2001 he was the first prize winner of ‘Beck’s Futures 2’ at the ICA, London, which toured the UK.

Along side fellow painters and judges Marta Marcé, Dawn Mellor and last years Marmite winner Iain Andrews, Tim will select this years The Marmite Prize for Painting winner.

Artist Shorts – selected by the curators of The Marmite Prize for Painting
Weds 12 June / 6.00 – 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of artist short video works selected by the curators of The Marmite Prize for Painting.

The video works have been selected for their ‘painterly’ approach, concerns and aesthetic. The programme includes work by Alia Pathan, Brian Eno, James Eden and Olly Rooks, Jenna Collins, Mary Hurrell, Sophie Michael and Melanie Carvalho.


Places for talks and events are limited so booking is essential. To book phone 01752 203434 or send an email to: