Tuesday, 24 November 2015
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, with MFA graduate Stephen Sutcliffe and Graham Eatough (in partnership with LUX) have won the Contemporary Art Society Award 2015. Sutcliffe and Eatough will create a film based on the first and last chapters of Anthony Burgess’ Enderby novels, premiering for the centenary of the author’s birth in 2017.
The £40,000 prize, generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation, is one of the country’s highest value contemporary art awards and this year was presented by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA).
The commissioned two-part film will explore the cultural figure of ‘the artist’, and ideas of authenticity and posterity through theatrical performances and filmic collage. It will contrast the idea of the artist as remembered culturally with the nervousness and uncertainty of the actual lived experience, a recurring theme in both Sutcliffe and Eatough’s work. Burgess, best known (to his distaste) for his novel A Clockwork Orange, was himself preoccupied with how artists are remembered and the Enderby novels deal with these themes throughout.