MARK BEATTIE WINS XERXES SCULPTURE COMPETITION AT THE SERPENTINE GALLERY

 

 

We are pleased to announce that Contemporary Collective sculptor, Mark Beattie has won the 2015 Xerxes Sculpture Competition.

A select group of talented, up and coming, sculptors were selected from entries to compete in the prize, hosted in conjunction with the launch of Omnis Industries. Omnis is a business focused on the design, manufacture and supply of architectural systems to the building and construction industry.

Omnis challenged the 9 finalists by providing them each with materials, from their range, with which to sculpt a unique piece of artwork in their individual styles. The artists’ creations were then unveiled to an audience of industry insiders on the opening night held at the prestigious Serpentine Sackler Gallery in South West London.

Contemporary Collective's Mark Beattie was awarded the winning prize, alongside fellow Contemporary Collective represented sculptor, Ian Tricker who received the runners up prize.

“It was such an honour to win the Xerxes Sculpture Prize and it was made even more special that my work was being shown at The Serpentine Gallery! The other artists produced some fantastic work so to have ‘Double Helix’ picked out and voted for as the winner was a lovely surprise. The inspiration for ‘Double Helix’ arises from the idea that the materials provided are the building blocks or DNA of construction.”

Since graduating from Kingston University with his MA in European Arts Practice in 2012, Beattie has developed his reputation amongst art collectors with his orbs of aluminium and steel, and more recently incorporating neon into his work.

Beattie was presented the award by Sky Sports Presenter, Kate Abdo, as well as a cheque for £1,000 on the night.