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Self-portrait wins Threadneedle Prize

15th September 2009

A self-portrait by Derry-born Sheila Wallis has won the 2009 Threadneedle Prize, the largest art prize awarded by the public in the UK.

She received GBP 25,000 for her work, which was intended to explore the 'creatureliness' of the human condition.

Each of the six runners up received GBP 1,000 for their entries.

Speaking to the BBC following her win, Ms Wallis said: 'It was a big surprise. I was delighted, but pretty gobsmacked.'

She added that her work was inspired by 'internal and external conflicts and the vulnerability and exposure of the existential human condition'.

A total of 86 paintings and sculpture were displayed for the Threadneedle Prize exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

The display is due to come to an end this weekend (September 19th) for art lovers keen on viewing the entries.

Among the shortlisted runners-up were Jaemi Hardy's Clara with Chinese Horse, Lucy Jones' Over the Hill and Tim Shaw's Middle World.

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