With even more applicants this year than last, the prize is growing and this is reflected in the range of artists who have been successful in being shortlisted.
The quality of submissions also meant judging and deciding was a challenge and the selection process was reportedly “hotly contested”.
Katherine Araniello, whose aim in her art is “a continued investigation and exploration of ways to challenge and subvert representations of physical disability.”
Leila Galloway who works in drawing, sculpture and installation to “unravel possible meaning through the systematic, playful and exploratory handling of materials until the final objects present references or triggers for the spectator.”
Aaron McPeake who “views the process of making artwork as akin to writing poetry - where the visual imagination is integral to both its making and reception.”
Simon Raven, maker of “concept-led performances, films and installations.”
Anne Redmond who, through “conventions of visual representation and words,” allows unexpected “liberating theoretical moments” to “appear.”
The panel judges were: Tony Heaton, Shiri Shalmy, Jenny Lomax, Ben Roberts, Caroline Cardus and Terry Smith.
The winner of the £5,000 bursary plus a three-month residency at Camden Arts Centre will be announced on 11 June 2012.