Christina Mackie and Nottingham Castle Museum Win 2011 CAS Prize and CAS Announce Plans for New Open Access Space


Connie Parker OBE presented the £60K CAS Annual Award to Christina Mackie and the Nottingham Castle Museum on the 14 November 2011.

Christina Mackie will create a new installation for Nottingham Castle, drawing inspiration from the collections and the history of the Castle, as well as our important mineral and natural sciences collection at Wollaton Hall.

'We are delighted to have won this prestigious award for Nottingham. It’s a great acknowledgement of the work of our Museums & Galleries team and also well deserved recognition for the artist Christina Mackie. The Award will [,,,,,] build on the founding mission of the Castle Museum to use our collections to inspire new creativity to provide an enriched experience for our many visitors, for years to come.  This in entirely in keeping with our vision for the future of Nottingham Castle Museum.' Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio holder for Leisure Culture and Tourism at Nottingham City Council said.

Paul Hobson, Director of the CAS used the occasion to announce plans for "a new home that will be a dynamic, multi-purpose social environment for our members and our wider audiences,"  to include project and exhibition space, a library and a study centre.

Christina Mackie (b.1956, Oxford )studied at Vancouver School of Art and Central St. Martins, she makes installations that consist of sculpture, painting, drawing and video. She has had solos shows at the Henry Moore Institute and Tate Britain and will have an exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in London in 2012. In 2005 she was awarded the Becks Futures prize, in 2009 the Arts Council Oxford/Melbourne Fellowship and in 2010 the Hamlyn Award for Artists.

The Contemporary Art Society Annual Award, now in its third year, offers a generous £60K towards commissioning new work for the winning museum's permanent collection.

The 2011 shortlist comprised:

Previous winners include the Hepworth Wakefield and Wolverhampton Art Gallery for their proposal with Luke Fowler and Museums Sheffield, the Graves Art Gallery with Katerina Seda.

Image:  Christina Mackie, The Judges, 2010. Clay and polymer clays, plaster, coral, agate, video, canvas, photographs, watercolour, plastics, inkjet prints, gouache, wood, gesso, brushes, carborundum, glass, dimensions variable. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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