One emerging artist will win the screaming pope prize

The Screaming Pope Prize is K-FEST’s very own unique visual arts award, including a cash prize of €1,000. A panel of judges comprising of acclaimed artists and critics selects the Screaming Pope Prize winner. Four finalists are also selected, each also receiving a cash prize.

Tom Mclean Screaming Pope Prize winner 2019
Tom and his winning work, entitled “The Art of Love and Work.”

2019 WINNER tom Mclean + his Work

Tom McLean is a contemporary figurative painter and illustrator working and living in Galway City. His work is subjective, sometimes autobiographical, drawing from both his own experiences and those who sit for him. Each model plays a role in a story embedded with emotion and meaning — touching on universal themes of interpersonal relationships, identity, anxiety, isolation and addiction, using spaces the figures inhabit as a metaphor to explore the inner psyche.
Tom’s medium of choice would be oil; however, he also incorporates elements of mixed media to add varied surfaces and textures to his paintings. His creative process involves the construction and deconstruction of the form and figure through a preliminary stage of drawing, collage and photography. This avoids the original references defining the outcome,instead striving to create work which is unique and unpredictable.
Through painting, Tom hopes to capture a moment in time, some more fragmented than others, conveying feelings of vulnerability and anxiety, resulting in raw and honest portrayals of his generation, containing underlying narratives based around both the sitter’s experiences and his own.

Recognising outstanding emerging art

Screaming Pope Prize ceremony Killorglin
Screaming Pope Prize ceremony Killorglin

Mission Statement:
The Screaming Pope Prize (SPP) is one of Ireland’s most unique arts awards, exclusively organised by artists for artists as part of K-FEST. Given for a single outstanding work of visual art each year, the award is a self-funded, not-for-profit initiative celebrating emerging visual artists. The SPP recognises exceptional achievement from an emerging artist at this stage in their development. We aim to encourage the pursuit of excellence, and seek to help promote the highest standards of quality in the visual arts.

K-FEST’S HISTORY OF Screaming Pope Prize winners

Entering your artwork and the selection process

If you are selected to exhibit at K-FEST, you are automatically entered into the Screaming Pope Prize.

During K-FEST, a panel of Screaming Pope Prize judges visits every art exhibition and selects (after much heated debate) four finalists and an overall winner. During a ceremony and celebration during the last night of the festival weekend, the finalists and winner are announced. The Screaming Pope Prize includes a cash prize of €1,000 to help you on your artistic journey, and other perks courtesy of K-FEST.