The work of up-and-coming artists in London was showcased at the recent annual Hidden Art awards, held at the Rich Mix arts centre in Bethnal Green.The Hidden Art awards are intended to put the focus onto artists and designers whose work deserves being brought to the attention of the wider public.
The top award for “Most Influential or Inspiring British Company or Designer”, went to Shoreditch-based SCP, a business that manufactures and supplies contemporary furniture throughout the UK. Other winners included Helena Jonasson, for “Best Appearance at a Trade Show or Exhibition” for a drawer unit shown in 2009’s Milan Furniture Fair.
Awards were voted for by either the Hidden Art selection panel or members of the public. The non-profit organisation, which has now been running for 15 years, supports and promotes design-makers based in London and beyond by promoting their work and providing links with potential suppliers and manufacturers.
Hidden Art director Dieneke Ferguson said: “The award ceremonies symbolise everything we stand for and when the time comes to choose the nominees we really are overwhelmed by the amount of talent. It is no easy task choosing between such incredible artists and designers!”
“This year the standard of art and design has been exceptional so the evening was a delight to organise and attend,” she added. “Even those who lost out to the winners are thrilled to have had their work showcased at an event like this. It was a success for both the designers and potential buyers!”
By Hannah Hume