Friday 18 October 2019

Mayhew wins Wexford emerging visual artist award

Jonathan Mayhew.
Jonathan Mayhew.

By David Tucker

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council have announced Dublin-based artist Jonathan Mayhew as the recipient of the ninth annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.

As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award's aim is to recognise and support the development of promising and committed visual artists in Ireland. The winner receives €5,000 to supplement and assist in the production of new work for a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. As the recipient of the award, Mayhew will create a new body of work throughout the period of January - December 2016, to be exhibited in January 2017.

Mayhew is a visual artist based in Dublin interested in the use of negation, abstraction and appropriation as strategies to create his work. He destabilises the intended functions of images, objects, words and ideas, allowing alternative and unique ways of investigating and handling them. Looking at how culture and the world around us is continually being repeated and reworked in a constant cycle of renewal, his practice has been heavily influenced by writers such as Kathy Acker, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Georges Perec and Marguerite Duras along with experimental literature and poetry.

For further information on the artist or the Emerging Visual Art Award please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email or Philip Knight, Staff Officer, The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9196500 or email

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