The Blank Canvas competition is a commission for a highly visible 18m wall within the London office building. The winner of this commission wins a £3,000 prize, a £1,000 materials budget and guidance from a professional artist during fabrication, in addition to the pro bono legal support and mentoring from Clyde & Co staff.

Distortion . Harry Pickup . Jacl Whitwell installation)

2018/19 winners are Jack Whitwell & Harry Pickup, recent graduates from Newcastle University.


Photogravure prints mounted onto 4 aluminium plates
85 x 145 cm (4 panels) / 5 Woodblock prints on Masa paper 105 x 145 cm (5 panels)

Newcastle based artists Jack Whitwell and Harry Pickup have collaborated to create an installation of large scale prints for this year’s Blank Canvas Prize.

The commission depicts an image of the British coastline, intersected by multiple panels portraying colorful computer glitches. By distorting the coastal landscape, the work references the uncertainty of the contemporary political and economic landscape of Britain today. Jack Whitwell’s work explores the genre of British landscape within contemporary art using analogue photographic techniques such as photogravure. Harry Pickup’s work is interested in the role of technology in the creation of art and its relationship with more traditional techniques; in particular woodcut.

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Blank Canvas

The Blank Canvas wall, 18m in length, forms one side of a main thoroughfare leading from the Knowledge Centre to the Auditorium and Restaurant.  This national project provides students with an opportunity to understand, and to participate, in a commissioning process. For the first time the students are presented with the challenge and discipline of adhering to the constraints of a materials budget, proposing a design that will work within the space, considering the logistics of installation and meeting a deadline.

The final shortlist of four undergraduates are invited to the London office to present their submissions to the Clyde & Co Art Committee.  The winning submission is awarded a £3,000 prize together with a materials budget of £1,000. The winning work remains in situ for one year.

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