‘A City That Welcomes Art’: Three Sheffield artists reflect on winning major prizes in Corridor8 article, including Penny McCarthy

Penny McCarthy was recently featured in a Corridor8 article titled ‘A City That Welcomes Art: Three Sheffield artists reflect on winning major prizes’.

The article endorses Sheffield’s creative landscape as going from strength to strength and describes 2019 as being a ‘bumper crop’ with three Sheffield artists securing major national prizes, of which Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University Penny McCarthy was one.

Penny McCarthy was awarded the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award; a significant achievement putting her work in the spotlight.

Penny McCarthy's 'Photo51'

Penny McCarthy’s ‘Photo51’

The prestigious prize was awarded on 25 September 2019 at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 on the basis of McCarthy’s proposal and two drawings, DNA in Nature and Photo 51.

Her work was subsequently exhibited at The Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire from 12 October 2019 to 11 January 2020 and again at Trinity Buoy Wharf from 18 January to 2 February 2020. It is currently showing at The Gallery at De Montfort University in Leicester (21 February to 18 April 2020). For more information on this, please read here.

The award also led to a £10,000 prize and solo exhibition at the respected Hastings Contemporary in 2020-2021. As the Corridor8 article explains, the prospect of the solo show is a complete game-changer and presents a unique opportunity to establish a wider audience and experiment with new ideas.

Penny McCarthy's 'DNA in Nature'

Penny McCarthy’s ‘DNA in Nature’

Conor Rogers, a recent Fine Art graduate of Sheffield Hallam, is also featured in the article for winning the Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year prize. His work is currently on display at the Robert Walters Group head office and will appear at an international presentation with UK Young Artists in 2020.

Conor Rogers, ‘Mr Freeze’ (2019), Acrylic on 208 Ice Pop Wrappers. © the artist.

Reflecting on Sheffield as ‘A City That Welcomes Art’, the Corridor8 mentioned artists indicate that there is still a distinct need for continued funding models for the city to establish longevity and continue thriving in this area.

To read the full article on Corridor8, please click here.

Penny McCarthy is a Reader in Fine Art in the Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Penny’s work here.

Conor Rogers is a Fine Art graduate of Sheffield Hallam. Read his story here.