Shortlisted Artist of the Year 2017

Shortlisted Artist of the Year 2017

Incredibly fortunate to be nominated for a second time as Artist of the year 2017 especially after having the opportunity to exhibit alongside one of my favourite artists in particular called Steve Caldwell when I was shortlisted in 2013. I never thought I would be given a second opportunity to be exhibiting in the MALL GALLERIES in London again so was thrilled to be chosen for a second time.


I also received the “West Dean College Award” this year for my woodcut print “Belfast life” from Artists and Illustrators magazine . This allows me to complete a short course with one of their established art tutors in their College which I am hoping to attend in April 2017 with Royal Society Printmaker, Harry Brockway. You can check out their beautiful grounds on their website

Here are a few pictures of my piece on display in the Mall Galleries in London. Credit to Artist Peter Davis for the photographs who also was on exhibit.


Winners of the annual Artists of the Year competition were revealed at an exclusive drinks reception at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries.

Winner of Artist of the Year 2017 Anna Perlin, in front of her artwork Brambles and Bluebells
On Tuesday 24 January, the official awards party for the ninth annual Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year saw the 50 shortlisted artists share £10,000 worth of cash and art prizes.

Anna Perlin was selected as this year’s Artist of the Year, for her mixed media artwork including collage, Brambles and Bluebells.

Anna was awarded a £1,000 cash prize from Artists & Illustrators publishers The Chelsea Magazine Company, as well as a year’s supply of art materials from Cass Art and gallery representation courtesy of Thackeray Gallery.

Readers’ Choice Award winner Ruth Swain with Artists & Illustrators’ outgoing editor Katie McCabe

Ruth Swain received the public’s vote, taking away the Readers’ Choice award and £500 worth of gift vouchers donated by GreatArt, with her impressive oil painting They said I used to look like her.

Aside from the first prize, £9,000 worth of art prizes were handed out on the night – a mix of art materials, vouchers and courses, donated by a host of leading art brands including Derwent, Pegasus Art and Canson.

Visit the Artists of the Year 2017 exhibition, featuring all 50 shortlisted artworks, at Mall Galleries until 28 January
Artists & Illustrators’ outgoing editor Katie McCabe said, “The Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year competition continues to surprise and impress us every year. The shortlist for our ninth exhibition showcases an exciting mix of artworks in different media and styles, each with something unique to offer.

“The event is a chance for readers to gain well-deserved national recognition for their work and I look forward to seeing what this talented group of artists will do next.”

You can see the other prize winners by clicking here. 

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