Architect heads all women shortlist to win £20k art prize

Ana Schmidt has won the 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize in the first all-female shortlist for the prestigious award in its ten year history. A total of 4,118 submissions came from 2,097 artists from around the world in the open submission.

The Bilbao-based urban planning architect won at the Mall Galleries last night with her stark realist picture Dead End, our main image, and took the £20,000 first prize. £5,000 is shared between Emily Allchurch, Caroline Burraway, Serena Curmi, Cathy Lewis and Lois Wallace.

Ana Schmidt with her award


“It is always a difficult task to select just one winning work from all those entered for the prize” said Lewis McNaught, chairman of selectors and director of the Mall Galleries “but with Ana’s painting the selectors were all struck by the macabre and melancholy beauty that she has conjured up with her extremely skilled brushwork.”

Over 100 were selected for exhibition by the judges – artist Jennifer McRae, curator Helen Pheby and Pippa Stockdale of the Fine Art Society – and the exhibition is at the Mall Galleries, London SW1, until February 17.  For other events thorough the exhibition period, go to





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