Mandy Payne. Image courtesy: Heidi Donohoe

Mandy Payne awarded StudioBook 2017 Commission to Collect

Mark Devereux Projects are proud to announce Mandy Payne as the recipient of this year’s StudioBook Commission to Collect award from the University of Salford Art Collection. Following on from her recent project based around the iconic Park Hill estate in Sheffield, Payne will be making a new painting considering the recent impacts the tragic Grenfell Tower incident has had upon Salford’s growing housing developments.

Cranes, scaffolding and industrial machinery are all common sites through Salford, as redevelopment of Manchester’s neighbouring city moves at a relentless pace. Following the devastating tragedy of 14 June 2017, a growing crisis has emerged over the issues of cladding new and existing buildings. Mandy Payne’s commissioned work will aim to highlight the plight of the affected residents during this political wrangling.

“Mandy’s proposal fits brilliantly within our ambition for the art collection to ‘tell the story of now’. Mandy’s painting will reflect a particular moment in-time in Salford – highlighting the plight, and somewhat impossible dilemmas facing both the council and the community regarding cladding. Though rooted in place, the work will speak to the growing national crisis of a deeply divided country. The painting will be a major new asset for the Collection.”

[Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator, University of Salford]

Sheffield-based artist Mandy Payne has received wide acclaim for her works surrounding the Park Hill estate (Sheffield), with works being selected for the John Moores Painting Prize (2014 & 2016), the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (each year between 2014-17) and The Threadneedle Prize (2013). Focussed on locations that are in a transitional phase, overlooked or derided, Payne’s paintings aim to highlight the memories and experiences that these sites have or once had.

“I am thrilled to have been awarded the StudioBook Commission to Collect opportunity with the University of Salford Art Collection. Having spent an intensive fortnight with all the other applicants I was fully aware how stiff the competition was going to be. I am particularly excited about the project, as my proposal has strong links to my existing work but gives me the opportunity to experiment and develop it in a challenging new direction.”

[Mandy Payne, StudioBook 2017 artist]

Mark Devereux Projects have been delighted to secure this brand-new commission for, what is hoped will become a significant piece within the University of Salford Art Collection. As part of the organisation’s eight-month StudioBook artist development programme, each of the twelve participating artists were encouraged to translate the wealth of information provided by the twenty-seven different speakers during the fortnight programme into an application for this opportunity.

“It was so difficult to make a decision this year as the standard of the proposals was incredibly high – everyone had clearly put into practice what they had learned at StudioBook. The variety of ideas, from live performance through to sculpture, video and installation also gave the selection panel much to debate and discuss. There were a number of proposals that we would like to have supported.”

[Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator, University of Salford]

Mandy Payne’s StudioBook 2017 Commission to Collect artwork will be unveiled as part of the launch of In Nothing Flat, featuring each of the twelve StudioBook 2017 artists. Taking place at Old Granada Studios, Manchester the exhibition will launch on Friday 3 November, continuing until Wednesday 15 November.

Further information

Mandy Payne |
Mandy Payne (b.1964) lives and works in Sheffield, U.K. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with BA Fine Art. Since then she has exhibited her work extensively. Recent exhibitions include: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014), John Moores Painting Prize, (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2016 and winner in 2014) and John Moores Painting Prize in China, (Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China, 2016), Contemporary British Painting Prize, (London and Huddersfield, 2016), main prize winner in the New Light Arts Prize, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Harrogate and London, 2015/2016), National Open Art Competition, RCA , London (2015) and Somerset House (2014) and The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London (2013). She has recently completed a two-year Fellowship in stone lithography at Leicester Print Workshop for which she received a GFTA and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award and an intensive artist development programme (StudioBook 2017) with Mark Devereux Projects. She is currently working on several new exhibitions and private commissions. Future exhibitions include: Manchester Buy Art Fair (Represented by Zillah Bell Gallery), ‘Utopia Deferred’, Dean Clough, Halifax, ‘ A Study In Stone’, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington, Mark Devereux Projects StudioBook Exhibition, Old Granada Studios, Manchester and ‘Contemporary Masters From Britain; 80 British Painters of the 21st Century’, Yantai, Nanjing and Tianjin Museums, China.

University of Salford Art Collection |
The University of Salford Art Collection includes over 600 works of modern and contemporary art, and exists for the benefit of students, staff and public. As the University does not have a permanent gallery space, we are able to think differently about what it means to develop a museum collection in the 21st century. The Art Collection is therefore distributed across key locations around the University and is available for loan to other institutions both in the UK and internationally.

The University Art Collection’s aim is to encourage engagement with the arts and to support excellence in teaching, research and community engagement and to play a leadership role in contributing to culture in the North West of England. We actively contribute to the University Vision ‘by pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences preparing students for life’. We believe it is important to support the work of living artists at all stages of their careers – from a student through to an internationally established artist. We also aim to develop a distinctive collection, which includes work not collected in a significant way elsewhere. We have an innovative and unique acquisitions policy, commissioning and working in collaboration with local, regional and international partners focused on three main areas: About the Digital, Chinese Contemporary Art, and From the North.

Image: Mandy Payne. Image courtesy: Heidi Donohoe
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