T h e A w a r d
Since the award’s inception in 2013, it has rapidly achieved a nationally renowned reputation as one of London’s most sensational, yet accessible art awards. Widely praised for its scope, quality, and variety, The HIX Award is at the forefront of the emerging art scene in the UK today.
Many young artists and graduates struggle with the transition between university and the professional art industry. The award, now in its seventh year, offers the opportunity to be involved in a group exhibition in an established gallery, as well as the chance to receive one of London’s most-generous award prizes for students and recent graduates.
Responsible for discovering some of the stars of tomorrow, the award attracts artists from across the country and a range of disciplines. Application is open to current students and graduates of the last two years, working in all art forms. This is also a chance to build a long-standing relationship with the gallery, as well as the opportunity to be part of a mentorship programme along with previous HIX Award winners.
T h e E x h i b i t i o n
All artists selected for the shortlist will be involved in a professionally run and curated exhibition within the gallery.
The gallery will cover and produce the branding and advertising of the exhibition as well as: press release, invitations, a fully secured and invigilated exhibition, and professional photography of their pieces on display. The gallery team will help to develop artists’ language by guiding and advising their individual biographies and artist statements.
The prize-giving ceremony for The HIX Award is one of the most popular events in the HIX Art calendar, attended by a huge network of influential people in the arts industry. The ceremony also acts as the private view and it is at this event that the winners will be announced.
The gallery always aims to present a coherent and thought-provoking exhibition dedicated to exploring contemporary issues, concepts, and aesthetics. The exhibition will run from 14th September to 10th November 2019.
T h e P r i z e
The winner of The HIX Award 2019 will receive a £10,000 cash prize to go towards studio costs and a solo exhibition at HIX ART in 2020. The winner will also receive a year’s guardianship and name etching on the iconic HIX Award trophy, designed by Damien Hirst.
The HIX Award runner-up will receive £1,000 worth of Cass Art vouchers and this year’s People's Choice winner will be treated to a weekend trip for two to HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis with a scenic dinner at HIX Oyster and Fish House.
T h e J u d g i n g
After the initial selection of shortlisted artists has been finalised by the gallery team (led by Mark Hix), the works will be curated as a group exhibition. The pieces will then go under the scrutiny of a panel of esteemed judges that has previously included; Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Stephen Webster, Dylan Jones, amongst others, who will choose the winner and first runner-up of The HIX Award 2019.
The award prides itself on the diversity of its adjudicators. Appointing an extremely varied panel of experts, the exhibition will give artists the chance to expose their work to a large network of influential individuals from the arts and beyond.
Unique to The HIX Award, the People’s Choice Award gives the public the opportunity to support their favourite artists and works in the show. Encouraging a dialogue and interaction with the visitors and viewers, this is a special recognition for one artist particularly well-regarded by the public.
The award’s previous winners have continued to receive many recognitions and accolades, as well as further their professional careers in the art world.
First winner of the award Nicholas Permain was selected for the prestigious FBA Futures in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Saatchi New Sensation Award in 2016. Permain continues to exhibit his paintings across the UK, most recently a solo show in early 2018 at The North Wall Gallery in Oxford.
Felix Treadwell, after winning the HIX Award back in 2014, was named GQ’s ‘British Artist to Watch’ for 2017. He has been involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions in London and internationally in LA and across Europe. Treadwell has also been selected for residencies in Spain with L21 Gallery and Kyoto Seika University, Japan.
Ally McIntyre, winner of the 2015 award is represented by Jealous Gallery, with whom she is regularly involved with exhibitions, art fairs, and limited edition print runs. A print of her HIX Award-winning painting ‘Moon Cries for Ferdinand’ is now a part of the V&A’s permanent print collection. In 2018, McIntyre was a finalist for RBC’s national painting competition.
2016’s winner Joshua Raz is included in the inaugural Unit Uncovers exhibition, along with three other young painters, in August 2019. First staged at the prestigious auction house Christie’s, before being unveiled at Unit London, the exhibition showcases exceptional new talent. Raz is also mentored by former S12 gallery director Fru Tholstrup, a previous member of the HIX Award judging panel.
Sam Bailey’s solo exhibition ‘Shadow Archive’, which opened at HIX Art in November 2018, saw him expand on the themes he explored in his winning piece. The cash prize towards studio costs enabled him to develop the work for a full solo exhibition, which opened to critical acclaim.
The award’s most recent winner, Elizabeth Eade, completed her Fine Art MA at Brighton University this past summer. She is now working towards unveiling her solo exhibition at HIX ART in January 2020. Her prize-winning piece Die Liste documented the deaths of 33,305 people who died trying to access Europe.
T h e G a l l e r y
Celebrated chef and restaurateur Mark Hix unveiled HIX ART Gallery when he opened the iconic Tramshed restaurant back in 2012. Hix knew he wanted to create a dynamic, contemporary space for progressive exhibitions in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch. Surrounded by an array of galleries, studios, creative spaces, and pop-ups, the gallery is an integral part of the local art scene, hosting both emerging and well-established artists.
Mark Hix is an avid enthusiast and collector of art, a passion that was developed through his close ties with the YBAs, whose works can be found in each of his restaurants. HIX ART gives an incredibly wide range of artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a renowned East London exhibition space. The gallery is a personal celebration of Hix’s love for combining contemporary art and exemplary British food.
Dedicated to presenting an innovative and creative programme, Sophie Harriott, Creative Relationships Manager runs cutting-edge exhibitions which change on a six-weekly basis, the most eagerly anticipated being the annual HIX Award exhibition.