Threadneedle Prize Winner Unveiled

The artist from Northern Ireland who won a prestigious prize for a naked self-portrait intends to spend the money on a room of her own, according to the BBC. Sheila Wallis, thirty-six, who was born in Londonderry, UK, said she felt “gobsmacked” to have won the Threadneedle Prize. It is the largest art prize awarded by public vote and was presented in London on Monday. Her prize will go toward a studio to continue her work.

Over the past two weeks, thousands of Mall Galleries visitors voted on work by seven short-listed artists. The Threadneedle Prize is exclusively open to artists living or working in the UK.