The Ivan Juritz Prize is delighted to announce the shortlist for 2017.


Yarli Allison

(Art MFA student, Slade School of Fine Art) ‘Momo the Talking Hair’
A film lamenting the insecure destiny of hair follicles, narrated by a hair called Momo.


Manos Charalabopoulos

(Music PhD student, King’s College London), ‘Canto’ A musical composition for violin, horn and piano, exploring song and conflict.


Sarah Hymas

(Creative Writing PhD student, University of Liverpool), ‘Recovery’
A prose poem investigating the world of a beach and its ecological shortcomings through what can and can’t be seen.

Recovery SHYMAS


Ali Lewis

(Creative Writing MA student, Goldsmiths), ‘Familiar Objects’
Poems defamiliarising ordinary objects such as Book, Popcorn, Phone, Biscuit, Shower, Sponge, Bathtub.

Familiar Objects Ivan Juritz Ali Lewis


Grzegorz Stefanski

(Art MFA student, Slade School of Fine Art), ‘restraint’
A three-channel video installation showing two men in Nazis uniforms revealing to the camera how to incapacitate civilians with bare hands.


The winner will be announced on 20 June and will receive £1000 and two weeks artist’s residency and a showcase at Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre.

This year’s prize was judged by Lisa Appignanesi, Dexter Dalwood, Julian Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Lisa Appignanesi writes: ‘The Ivan Juritz Prize received a record number of entries this year. These impressed with their daring and often their skill, whether textual, visual or musical. Here was a group of talented young artists wanting to experiment and challenge the imagination – just the people the prize was set up to support.’

Extracts or accounts from each entry will be published in the journal Textual Practice and where appropriate the works will be exhibited or performed at our awards ceremony on 20 June.