Sophie Charalambous has been announced as the winner of the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2020 by Anne Desmet RA and will receive £2,500 and a profile article in the winter issue of Printmaking Today. Speaking about the selection of this year's winner, Anne Desmet RA who chaired the judging panel revealed:
Although choosing the overall winner of this year’s prize was hugely difficult as each of the five shortlisted artists’ works shared impact, originality, technical innovation and a great deal of individuality and personality, the panel were unanimous in their decision to award the Jerwood Printmaking Prize 2020 to Sophie Charalambous for her monoprint, Comings & Goings, 2019.
The scale of this monoprint was highly ambitious for a relative newcomer to printmaking. This coupled with its spontaneous energy and the theatricality of its composition made it stand out for the panel. We very much hope that winning this prize will encourage Sophie to enhance and develop her printmaking skills in exciting and unpredictable directions.
Sophie Charalambous studied Fine Art Painting at Brighton University followed by postgraduate courses in Theatre and Set Design at the Motley Theatre Design Course and at the Royal Drawing School. Her printmaking practice began in 2017 and has been focused on monoprint and aquatint. She was nominated for the prize by Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Responding to the award, Sophie said, "I am completely thrilled my monoprint Comings and Goings has won this year's Jerwood Print Making Today Prize and wholeheartedly thank the judging panel and Rebecca Hossack Gallery for their support. I am relatively new to printmaking so this prize has really encouraged and motivated me to continue to experiment and develop my interest and love of working with print."
Sophie Charalambous Comings and Goings, 2019, monoprint on paper, 90 x 65 cm. © the artist, courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery