THE SIR DENIS MAHON AWARD AT THE ROYAL DRAWING SCHOOL

The Mahon Award was created to honour the memory of Sir Denis Mahon and his lifelong passion for painting and drawing. During his lifetime he was a great supporter of the Royal Drawing School (formerly The Prince’s Drawing School) and this annual award was created to give a recent graduate of The Drawing year the opportunity to continue to focus on drawing from observation and to develop their work.

A prize of £10,000 is awarded to an outgoing Drawing Year student each year to enable them to continue their practice as an artist, it runs from March to March and the award goes towards a studio space for the duration of the year as well as a solo exhibition.

The artists who have so far received the award are:

  • 2021-22 Jack McGarrity
  • 2020-21 Deanio X
  • 2019-20 Irene Montemurro
  • 2018-19 Joana Galego
  • 2017-18 Holly Froy
  • 2016-17 Naomi Trevor
  • 2015-16 Rosie Vohra
  • 2014-15 Jessie Makinson
  • 2013-14 Jonathan Farr
  • 2012-13 Tom Sander
  • 2011-12 Alex Cree

JACK McGARRITY is the recipient of The Sir Denis Mahon Award 2022.

Jack McGarrity graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with First Class Honours in Fine Art and completed residences in Florence and at the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Equally concerned with both quotidian mundanity and the heightened reality of film and comic books, Jack creates new narratives that explore notions of the absurd, stillness and alienation in the modern world.

Jack Mc Garrity

Jack McGarrity talks about what attracted him  to The Drawing Year and the way it’s transformed his practice and supported him through the pandemic.

PREVIOUS MAHON AWARDS

MAHON AWARD 2021

Winner: Deanio X

MAHON AWARD 2020

Winner: Irene Montemurro

MAHON AWARD VIDEOS

THE MAHON AWARD EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM
8 November 2018

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