Hirst is offering to mentor a young British artist as part of the Future Generation Art Prize. The campaign is part of an effort “to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists” in the United Kingdom.
At The Guardian, writer Jonathan Jones nearly swoons at the prospect of Hirst somehow representing the “message that empty images mean more than words, and money means more than either” (as though somehow financial success is antithetical to creative and intellectual success–personally, I think the work I’ve seen from Hirst thus far has been rich with meaning).
Hirst, a multimedia artist, made his own debut back in 1988 in “Frozen,” a group gallery show with some of his fellow Goldsmith College classmates which the artist also curated. He would later go on to suspend a shark in formaldehyde with his 1992 piece, “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” and later create a diamond-encrusted skull for his piece, “For the Love of God” (2007). He’s currently holding his first solo exhibition in the Middle East, “Relics,” from October through January in Doha.
The application process for the Future Generation Art Prize is open from January 13th to April 12th, 2014. Apply here.
[Header image: “For the Love of God” by Damian Hirst (Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates and Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012)]