Third International Jewish Artists of the Year Awards
Submitted to: Art 
Posted: February 01 2007


1 February 2007 ( - The Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum of Art, announces the third International Jewish Artists of the Year Awards (IJAYA ) to be held at Christies, King St, London, SW1 from 25 29 March.

Gill Hedley, independent curator and former director of Britains Contemporary Art Society, chairs the judging panel that includes Anthony McNerney, Associate Director of Christie's Contemporary Art Department and Jean Wainwright, Art Critic and Lecturer.

The finalist exhibition will be open to the public at Christies, from 25th to 29th March. There will be a Private View on Sunday 25th March from 1pm to 6pm and a Gala Awards Ceremony and Auction on Thursday evening 29 March. Total prize money of the awards amounts to 5,000 and the opportunity of exhibiting to a wide and varied audience at Christies.

Chair of the Museum, David Glasser said "Over 800 submissions from 15 countries were received for the previous competition and we are confident similar numbers and even higher standards will be achieved this year. Ben Uri offers this valuable opportunity to artists from around the world as part of its community programme: to encourage artists of promise as well as reward established international Jewish artists. We are hugely grateful to Gill Hedley and her team of judges and to Christies for hosting this event in their splendid galleries. We hope it will be a stimulus to those emerging artists whose ambition is have their work sold there".

The IJAYA competition covers the following four disciplines:

- Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and photography

- Sculpture

- New Media (digital, video)

- Applied Arts

There are two categories, under and over 26's. Six finalists from each category will be chosen by the judges, and from these 6, one finalist for each category will be selected. The overall International Jewish Artist of the Year will be selected from the 8 category winners.

Gill Hedley, Chair of this year's board of judge's shares her thoughts on IJAYA. "Not only is it an honour to be invited to chair the panel of judges but also a pleasure that is professionally very useful indeed. From all over the world talented young artists will be responding to the invitation from the Ben Uri, whose own international reputation goes from strength to strength. My fellow judges and I will discover artists unknown to us and have the privilege, with Christie's, to give some of them a new platform in London".

Previous winners have included Israel's Yaki Assayag with his photographs, Michael and Ellie and Ariela, which were both later acquired by the Ben Uri for its collection. New York based Russian artists Komar and Melamid who founded Sots Art (Soviet Pop Art, which combined Dadism and Socialist Realism) won the Paintings prize and Suzy Hug Levy, winner of the Sculpture prize with her work Elbise 1 (Dress 1).

Olivia O'Sullivan, IJAYA Co-ordinator said "Applications are through our web site and are accepted through mid February. This years International Jewish Artists of the Year Awards celebrates the diversity and creativity of Jewish Artists from around the world. It provides a unique opportunity to increase awareness and recognition of new talent and acknowledge the contribution of Jewish artists to today's art scene".

The deadline for submissions is 12th February and applications are still welcomed. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line or download the application and post to Ben Uri Gallery.


For more information please contact Olivia O'Sullivan at the Ben Uri Gallery


Telephone: 0207 604 3991

Address: Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum of Art, 108a Boundary Road, St Johns Wood, London NW8 0RH

Notes to Editors:

1. Artists can apply online at or download a form and send to the gallery. Alternatively, artists can contact the Ben Uri gallery at and we will happy to send them a form.

2. The Deadline for Submissions is 12th February 2007.

3. The Exhibition will open at Christies, King St, SW1 on Sunday 25th of March until Friday 29th March 2007.

4. The Gala Evening will take place at Christies on Thursday 29th of March 2007 6.30pm 9.00pm.


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