Gustave Courbet – Le Désespéré

A new self-portrait group award has launched, creating a platform of recognition and support to those working to establish or continue their artistic practice.


Co-founded by artist W.K. Lyhne and art curator and advisor Fru Tholstrup, The Sequested Prize – an invented shorthand for ‘sequestered’ – is an open call initiative that will culminate in the opportunity for 15 entrants to be part of a selling show at Tristan Hoare Gallery in Fitzrovia, before the close of the year.

The prize, which costs £10 to enter, aims to champion hope and creativity at a time when the art market is widely suffering across all areas during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is open to current art students and those who graduated in the last 20 years from an arts-based degree, and submissions close on June 30. Fifteen winners will be chosen over a two-stage selection process, by a panel of renowned industry leaders including Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery; Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, Mayfair Times columnist and chairman of London Fashion Week Men’s; Ewan Venters, Fortnum & Mason CEO; and portrait artist Jonathan Yeo.

Ten per cent of sales will go to CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, while 10 per cent will support the cost of the exhibition. The gallery will take no commission, and the remainder will go to the artist.


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