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Congratulations to Leo Fitzmaurice Northern Art Prize Winner

Congratulations to Wirral-based artist Leo Fitzmaurice who has been awarded the fifth annual Northern Art Prize.

Fitzmaurice, who has exhibited at the Bluecoat several times since 1993, works predominantly with installations and sculptures. His entry to the Northern Art Prize exhibition included; The Way Things Appear, a collection of photographs of objects and graphical elements taken in their everyday setting presented as a digital slide show.

Artistic Director at the Bluecoat, Bryan Biggs said: "The Bluecoat has supported emerging artists for over 100 years and we are delighted Leo has won the Northern Art Prize. Leo first exhibited here after finishing his fine art degree at Liverpool Polytechnic, in a graduate’s exhibition called Degrees North West in 1993. He has also exhibited in several other group shows at the Bluecoat, including On Stream (1995), From A Distance (2003) and Next Up: Liverpool Art Now (2008-09), and was included in the exhibition by leading Liverpool artists, Walk On, curated for the 2006 Shanghai Biennale by myself.

“As part of the Bluecoat’s participation programme, Leo has worked with learning disabled adult groups, producing a series of inscribed slate plaques temporarily installed around Bluecoat building for Now Then in 2002, and a critically acclaimed film in 2004 about the journeys of day centre users in Fazakerley and Croxteth to and from the Bluecoat.”

The Northern Art Prize was founded in 2006 by prize director Pippa Hale, founder and co-director of Project Space Leeds. The show continues at Leeds City Art Gallery until 19 February.




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