In 2019, the Ampersand Foundation launched the Ampersand Foundation Award, a biennial UK prize offering an institution the funds to produce their dream exhibition or visual art project. The foundation aims to let curators and directors realise a project that they have always wanted to do but have been unable to achieve due to funding constraints.
The Ampersand Foundation today announced that Clarrie Wallis, Director of Turner Contemporary is the winner of The Ampersand Foundation Award 2023 for Resistance, an exhibition, curated by Clarrie Wallis with artist Steve McQueen, that charts how protest shaped Britain – and photography shaped protest – through the twentieth century.
With a focus on amplifying underrepresented voices, the exhibition will explore the vital role photography has played in the perception of protest movements and its impact as a driving force for change. It tells the stories of individuals and how their often-forgotten stories helped to create modern Britain.
The five shortlisted institutions were:
HOME, Manchester / Clarissa Corfe, Creative Producer: Visual Art - Curator
Liverpool Biennial / Aimee Harrison, Curator of Learning
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange / James Green, Director
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh / Fiona Bradley, Director
Turner Contemporary / Clarrie Wallis, Director
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