There were in excess of 60 entries to The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards 2011 and again this year, the Awards Judging Panel was delighted with the high quality of the entries, especially the work that was short listed.
After long and careful deliberation the Judging Panel settled on three winners. Calum McClure (24) won the £25,000 first prize followed by Beth Robertson Fiddes (29) and Katie Pope (27) who won £6,000 and £4,000 respectively. All three finalists are graduates of Edinburgh College of Art.
Prior to the announcement of the winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum on 24th June, an exhibition was held of the short listed artistsí work in the Head Office of the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. Following the Awards Presentation event, there was a further exhibition kindly hosted by Abertay Dundee University in the Hannah McClure Centre in Dundee.
Beth Robertson Fiddes
The Jolomo Awards 2009 attracted another high level of quality entries, 74 in total. The short list of seven artists, selected anonymously, were aged from 22 to 49 and are based throughout Scotland. This year's winner who receives £20,000, was Keith Salmon from Irvine in Ayrshire. There were three runners up who also received Awards: Toby Cooke (£5000), Jack Frame (£2500) and Alastair Strachan (£2500). These winners were announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner in The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum on 12th June, 2009.
Keith Salmon has overcome a serious visual impairment to produce atmopheric paintings of Scotland's landscape. Keith says: "My paintings are more about the atmosphere, because I don't really see much detail when I'm out. The work has developed out of necessity. I had to find ways to create pictures, to do the kind of things I want to do without having the sight to do it. I have developed ways of painting with big brushes and scribbling into the paint with pastels, building up layers and layers then using a blunt blade to scrape the surface back in places; ways to create fine marks without having the sight to do fine, accurate painting".
On the Awards John Morrison said "There is no doubt in my mind that the future of Scottish landscape painting is in safe hands. When we were judging this year's awards, I found myself genuinely excited. The whole process just seemed to keep gathering momentum".
The inaugural Jolomo Awards in 2007 attracted entries from more than 80 artists. The shortlist of nine, selected anonymously, were aged between 22 and 62 and came from all over Scotland, from the Hebrides to the Borders. The winner, Anna King, received £20,000, and three runners-up also received awards: Helen Glassford (£4,000), Rebecca Firth (£3,000) and Ingrid Fraser (£3,000). Works by all nine short-listed artists were exhibited in Edinburgh and later in London.The four winners of the inaugural Jolomo awards were announced at a formal presentation dinner at the National Museum of Scotland in June 2007, attended by the First Minister Alex Salmond. The four painters have strikingly different styles; the main thing they have in common is that they are moving Scottish landscape painting forward.
Anna King, from the Borders, received the primary award of £20,000. A recent graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, she had already developed her own distinctive take on painting the Scottish landscape, creating panoramas inspired by industrial wastelands. Since winning the Award, Anna has exhibited in galleries all over Scotland and has featured in several newspapers. She said: "The Award has made a big difference to the kinds of things I can do. It has taken the pressure off, so I don't have to worry about making ends meet, and I've felt that I can experiment with my painting. A lot of people have heard about my work because of the Award."
Ingrid Fraser, a graduate of Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, was one of the runners-up. She said: "When I won the Award I was working in a part-time job, not really getting any painting done, in the same place as many people are a year after graduation. It gave me the confidence to quit the job and dedicate my time to painting, and I've never regretted it. I have my first solo show coming up in February. Confidence is the main thing - the Award gave me confidence in myself and confidence in my work."