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Video still from Rosebud, 2013  - James Richards Video still from Rosebud, 2013 - James Richards

 

Cardiff-born artist James Richards, a current Turner Prize 2014 nominee,has just has just won one of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists. The other three recipients are: Bonnie Camplin, Michael Dean and Rosalind Nashashibi.

The awards were set up to provide vital creative breathing space for artists over a three-year period and aimed at artists at an important point in their career, irrespective of age. The50,000 award doesn t go to artists on the basis of their commercial success, instead it is intended to offer financial support and alleviate external pressures for the period of the award.

James Richards practice involves the subtle modification, alteration or appropriation of found material from video to old records and archive material and often involves collaborating with other artists. He was recently part of the group show A Giant Whose Shoulders I Stand On, curated by Bob Gelsthorpe, as part of Cardiff Contemporary. The artist, who was born in 1983, is also shortlisted for this year s Turner Prize, which we ve written about here.

The award will help me to continue to develop my work in so many ways , Richards says, material costs, curatorial and archival research and the opportunity to take time and space for reflection. He ll be using the award to take time off from freelance work and to experiment and test ideas in the studio. Richards describes the award as,This gift of time and opportunity to reflect, research and play in the studio in open ended ways, without needing to rush to articulate fixed outcomes I feel so very lucky to be supported in this incredibly generous way at this transitional time."

Richards recognition of the importance of support for artists to experiment was underlined by his recent generous donation of1,000 to the Kim Fielding Award, prior to the announcement of this year's recipients of the Paul Hamlyn awards. A review ofthe previous recipients of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists reads like a Who's Who of some of the most interesting artists working today.It's possible to track career shifts as a result of the PHF support, including Caernarfon-based Bedwyr Williams. Williams, at roughly the same age as Richards, went on to represent Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2005 (Artist in Residence) and 2013 (solo show). Richards'work was also included in the curated exhibition in the Arsenale at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

More information about James Richards and the TurnerPrize can be found at www.tate.org.uk The winner of the 2014 Turner Prize will be announced on 01 December.

For more information about the Paul Hamlyn Awards www.phf.org.uk