The 2021 David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation Grant of £50,000 was given to
Amikam Toren at a reception on the 15th December 2021.
A special extra grant of £10,000 went to Rie Nakajima.
Amikam Toren (b. 1945) is a significant figure in British conceptual art, who explores the conceptual and material framework that defines art. Since the 1970s, Toren has been producing artworks that look at the relationship between form and content, object and representation, and between the languages of sculpture and painting. With a keen eye for the everyday and overlooked and an interest in language and the process of interpretation, he scours his own studio and street and antique markets for his materials.
Rie Nakajima (b. 1976) is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others, raising important questions about the definition of art.
The David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation was set up as a Charity in 2017, for the purpose of making an annual grant of £50,000 to one artist. This grant is given to help artists alleviate some of their financial pressures and give them more freedom to concentrate on their practice. It will be an annual event and should not be restricted to a specific age or nationality of the recipient.
Each year, a curator will be appointed to put forward between 8 to 15 artists for the grant. A panel of judges, made up of the charity's trustees and a selection of guest judges, art experts from various institutions, will decide to whom the grant will be given.
The curator for the 2021 grant was Jonathan Watkins, Director of IKON Gallery, and the nominated artists were Langlands and Bell, Susan Collis, Jeff McMillan, Mali Morris, Rie Nakajima, Perry Roberts, Amikam Toren and Alison Turnbull. The panel of judges was made up of the charity's trustees: David and Yuko Juda, Rupert Faulkner and Nina Fellmann and three expert judges: Andrea Rose, former Director of Visual Arts at the British Council; Andrew Wilson, former Senior Curator at Tate Britain; Reinhard Spieler, Director of the Sprengel Museum, Hanover.
More information can be found at the David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation website: