Between 2008 and 2018, Mall Galleries partnered with Columbia Threadneedle Investments to present The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today (formerly The Threadneedle Prize) which grew to become the UK’s leading competition for representational art. Over the decade, nine exhibitions featured over 750 works, through which over a quarter of a million pounds in prize money was awarded to the winners of the £20,000+ First Prize, and £10,000 Visitors’ Choice Award (since 2010):
Winners (First Prize / Visitors’ Choice Award) *
Having achieved its goal “to provide a showcase where figurative artists, working in a range of media, can excite, stimulate, and provoke in a way that encourages us to look anew at the world around us” (in the words of Lewis McNaught, the Prize’s founder and former Director of Mall Galleries), the competition concluded at Mall Galleries in September 2019 with ‘City of Shards’, a solo show by Ana Schmidt, the tenth and final winner.
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize aside, Mall Galleries continues to champion contemporary figurative art by offering exhibition opportunities, awards and prizes at the annual exhibitions of the national art societies within the Federation of British Artists and via the gallery’s graduate exhibition every January, ‘Futures: Figurative Art by New Graduates’.
* Note: Tim Shaw won the £10,000 Federation of British Artists Selectors’ Choice Prize in 2008; Aishan Yu, the £5,000 FBA Emerging Artist Prize in 2009.