2020 Emerging Artist Prize Announced

Tenant of Culture has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Camden Art Centre Emerging Artist Prize with Frieze. Tenant of Culture, who is represented by Soft Opening, London, will realise a major exhibition at Camden Art Centre in 2022.

The annual Emerging Artist Prize – unveiled for the first time at Frieze London 2018 and now in its third year – offers invaluable critical exposure to an emerging artist, concurrent with their first show at a London institution. The prize winner will be supported by the experienced Camden Art Centre curatorial team, and the show will be underpinned by an extensive programme of public talks and events.

Tenant of Culture is the artistic practice of Hendrickje Schimmel (b. 1990, Arnhem, Netherlands), who lives and works in London, UK. The artist’s practice is characterised by a repurposing of discarded materials to birth new forms in a critique on consumer culture and wastefulness.

Tenant of Culture was selected from the 33 galleries from 19 countries in the Focus section of the Frieze Viewing Rooms, the fair’s celebrated section supporting younger galleries and artists in earlier stages of their careers.

The 2020 Prize was selected by a panel chaired by Martin Clark (Director, Camden Art Centre), with Gina Buenfeld (Exhibition Curator, Camden Art Centre) and Rob Leckie, Director, Spike Island, Bristol. A group of UK  and international patrons have generously supported the Prize, including Lead Supporters Alexandra Economou, Noach Vander Beken and Georgina Townsley. These patrons share an interest in supporting the work of emerging artists and the economy of younger galleries within the contemporary art scene.

Discover more about Tenant of Culture and Soft Opening here.

The 2018 Prize was awarded to Wong Ping (Eduoard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong) whose exhibition ‘Heart Digger’ was realised to critical acclaim at Camden Art Centre and an off-site space at Cork St Galleries in 2019. The 2019 winner, Julien Creuzet (High Art Paris) will realise a show at Camden Art Centre in 2021.