October 3, 2023 - The Royal Exchange The prestigious Dubel Prize made its splendid debut at The Royal Exchange, captivating a distinguished audience of 400 guests. The event marked the beginning of an exciting journey for emerging artists seeking recognition and acclaim.
The evening commenced with a warm welcome, complemented by champagne and culinary delights from Fortnum and Mason. High on Heels, a talented ensemble, set the tone with a captivating performance, immersing the audience in an atmosphere of artistic excitement.
Guests had the privilege to appreciate the impressive artworks of the 12 shortlisted finalists, setting the stage for an evening filled with anticipation and celebration. Richard Utting from Centre Point, the esteemed charity partner, and Julian Usher, CEO of Red Eight Gallery, delivered inspiring speeches, highlighting the importance of supporting emerging artists and their invaluable contributions to the art world.
The night's highlight came with Damian Alexander Dubel, the founder of the Dubel Prize, expressing heartfelt gratitude to his dedicated team, partners, and gracious guests. He emphasized the profound significance of art as a means of expression and its ability to evoke emotions and challenge perceptions. The spotlight then turned to the 12 talented artists, engaging in lively conversations about their creative processes and aspirations.
The festivities continued with a lively performance by The Big Pink, followed by an exhilarating DJ set that had the audience on their feet, dancing the night away. The celebration extended to The Libertine for an unforgettable after-party featuring delightful cuisine and crafted cocktails.
"The Dubel Prize envisions a world where emerging artists are celebrated for their diverse voices and contributions. Art, as a universal language, has the power to bridge cultural divides and promote understanding. By supporting emerging artists, we create a vibrant and inclusive art scene that mirrors the richness and diversity of our global society," remarked Damian Alexander Dubel, reflecting on the significance of the Dubel Prize.
Supporting Centre Point and Making a Difference
In a pledge to make a lasting impact, the Dubel Prize is dedicated to supporting Centre Point throughout the year with the ambitious goal of raising £50,000. This funding will play a vital role in building a home for young people who have experienced homelessness, providing them with a brighter future and a place to call their own
The Dubel Prize extends a heartfelt thank you to all partners, including The Royal Exchange, Fortnum and Mason, Red Eight Gallery, Yamaha, Art Review, Art Money, and more. Their generous support and collaboration have made this inspiring initiative possible.
About the Dubel Prize
The Dubel Prize, dedicated to recognizing emerging British artists, invites applications from aspiring talents throughout the year. A rigorous selection process results in a shortlist of twelve artists, who are provided with opportunities to showcase their works at individual events hosted by the Dubel Prize. At the year's end, an awards ceremony takes place, featuring a panel of judges comprising curators, critics, authors, and industry experts from the UK and beyond, selecting the emerging artist of the year.
For further information and artist submissions, please visit http://www.dubelprize.com.