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Seven artists vie for £25,000 Threadneedle Prize

Road Side, by Paul Cummings
Image caption Road Side, by Paul Cummings, is up for the award

Seven artists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 Threadneedle Prize.

Open exclusively to artists living or working in the UK, the award is now in its third year.

The seven nominees are Boyd and Evans, Patricia Cain, Paul Cummings, Thomas Doran, James Jessop, Stuart McCaffer and Caroline Walker.

The winner will be announced on 15 September. A further £10,000 prize, decided by visitors to the Threadneedle exhibition, will also be awarded.

If the public vote coincides with the judges' decision, one artist will win a total of £35,000, making The Threadneedle Prize potentially the most valuable art competition for a single work of art in the UK.

The shortlisted works include Road Side by Paul Cummings, which is described as: "An anecdotal conscious anthropology where the get-away journey offers a fleeting moment of a failed utopia."

Clee Hill 2009, by Boyd and Evans, is a view of the popular tourist spot near Ludlow, in Shropshire.

Northern Irish artist Sheila Wallis won last year's prize for her naked self-portrait.

All the shortlisted works will be on display at the Mall Galleries, in London, from 2-18 September along with 39 other selected works.

More than 2,100 entries were submitted in total.

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