RBSA sculptor wins a prize

Sculptor Hannah Northam RBSA, has won a prize in the 2020 Open Exhibition. Here she reflects on her winning piece of sculpture ‘Interlude’ and about her working practise.

The RBSA Open Exhibition attracted almost 400 entries this year from all over the UK and abroad. The first prize went to Staffordshire artist, Mark Lippett, with Hannah’s sculpture, ‘Interlude’ taking second prize. Clive Beardsmore, a Birmingham-based private collector, personally selected the two prize winners and donated the prizes. 

‘Interlude’ is a free-flowing piece of work which Hannah developed over several months. It was modelled in clay and then carved and etched as the material dried out then moulded, cast and finished in cold cast bronze with a verdigris patination.

Interlude, Hannah Northam

Viv Astling , Hon Secretary of the RBSA, said: “The standard of entries was very high this year and it is very exciting for a sculpture to win a prize at the RBSA annual Open Exhibition. I think the last piece of sculptural work chosen to win a prize was about ten years ago, so it is quite a thing for Hannah’s piece to gain this prestigious recognition.”

Hannah, who works from her Birmingham studio in stone, clay, wax and plaster – and casts in bronze and resins – was delighted to receive this recognition.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as a prize winner in this year’s RBSA Open Exhibition. It is a fantastic accolade and a great honour for me to represent sculpture at the RBSA.”

“My work embodies both the abstract and the figurative, with my piece ‘Interlude’ I looked at the way the two holes in the form work together in a symbiotic way. The negative spaces create an interruptive space or pause, where something else happens – or maybe doesn’t; perhaps this piece has even more resonance now during these challenging times.”

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the RBSA prize giving couldn’t go ahead as planned but the exhibition is online here and winners works can be viewed on the gallery blog.

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