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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 14:27 GMT
Young and old compete for art award
Find the corner by Dan Perfect
A painting by Beck's Futures finalist Dan Perfect
The pick of art's young and old have been shortlisted for Britain's biggest contemporary arts prize.

Painters, film and video artists, a photographer, sculptor and an artist working in multimedia are among the finalists competing for the prestigious Beck's Futures award.

Photographer Tom Wood is the oldest candidate on the shortlist - at 50, he is too old to enter for the Turner Prize.


The show will shock all those Jeremiahs who tell us that British art is all over - it isn't

Philip Dodd
ICA director

At the other end of the scale is film-maker Nick Relph, 22, the youngest to make the shortlist since the award was set up by the London-based Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) three years ago.

Mr Relph and his art partner Oliver Payne, 24, create sardonic film accounts of contemporary Britain.

Philip Dodd, the ICA's director said: "The judges have done a magnificent job and the show will shock all those Jeremiahs who tell us that British art is all over. It isn't."

Each of the finalists receives 4,000 and has their work exhibited in the Beck's Future show at the ICA between 29 March and 5 May.

Tom Wood photo
Tom Wood's work: Wood is the oldest finalist

The winner will be announced on 23 April and receives an additional 20,000.

Mr Wood, who is based in Liverpool, takes gritty, but comic photos of street life.

He started his photographic career at Butlins in Scotland, before relocating to Cowley, Oxfordshire, to work at the Morris Motors car factory.

A woman on the production line who saw sketches that he had done suggested he become an artist.

Part of a painting by Kirsten Glass
Kirsten Glass painting: The winner stands to receive 20,000

While his photos have been shown in a couple of British galleries, it is in Germany where reputation has really taken off.

Mr Wood said: "It's more exciting for me having been around for so long to be shortlisted than for a 22-year-old.

"Having worked away for such a long time, using 700 rolls of film a year, I'm amazed I've been chosen."

Mr Relph said: "I don't think I've got more value because I'm younger. Young art generally is terrible."

Marianne Faithfull
Singer Marianne Faithfull is one of the judges

The other shortlisted candidates are: David Cotterrell, Kirsten Glass, Paul Hosking, Rachel Lowe, Toby Paterson, Dan Perfect, Neil Rumming, Hideyuki Sawayanagi.

The Beck's Futures judges include legendary recording artist Marianne Faithfull and well-respected British artist Julian Opie.

See also:

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