The Turner prize co-winner Helen Cammock and London-based filmmaker Imran Perretta are among the recipients of this year’s Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists, which are the largest in the UK worth £60,000 each.
In the wake of the cost of living crisis, the awards are timely. “Each award is for £60,000 over three years with no strings attached, giving artists the time and space to develop their work and relieving them of the pressures they may be facing,” says a press statement.
Cammock’s videos, screenprints, writings and installations bridge and collapse time and geographies, and have focused on groups including Black migrants to Europe and women involved in the 1960s civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Perretta is meanwhile keenly concerned with the human impact of government policy on the lives of individuals. His film commission, the destructors, was shown at Chisenhale Gallery, London, in 2020.
The other successful artists this year are the sound artist Ain Bailey, the collective Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) and Glasgow-based Jamie Crewe. Judges include the artist Ingrid Pollard and Catherine Wood, director of programme at Tate Modern.
Since 1994, Paul Hamlyn Foundation has made 347 awards to artists with over £10m in funding; Phyllida Barlow, Yinka Shonibare and Alberta Whittle are among the previous recipients. Five composers including Hyelim Kim were also recognised.