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DAVID PIDDOCK was born in the Midlands in the UK, studied Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools in the mid eighties and has been in London ever since. Now in mid-career, his work is widely collected and in public collections including the Museum of London. He is represented by Adam Gallery and has just completed an exhibition at the Muse Gallery, which featured almost all the work submitted to the Moth Art Prize.

You can read about him in this article in the Irish Times

‘A lot of credit should go to The Moth, always wonderfully idiosyncratic and beautifully designed, for launching the prize and responding to figurative painting, largely ignored by the contemporary art scene,’ says Piddock. ‘We have nothing like it in the UK.’ 

David will be spending a month at The Moth’s artist residence in rural Ireland. He will also receive a €1,000 travel stipend. One of his painting adorns the autumn 2016 issue of The Moth, and his work is also featured inside.


 grew up in Belfast. She attended a BA Hons in Painting at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne but did not complete the course because it had become increasingly conceptual in focus. She received a scholarship to The Florence Academy in Italy, where she begins her final year this autumn. Her work has been featured in group shows such as The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition in London and The Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast. She won the Open Category Award at the Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition in June 2016.

Anna’s work features in the winter 2016 issue of The Moth.

CARRIE MARILL graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Painting and received an MFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2004. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been published in New American Paintings, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Painters and the LA Times. Her work is in the collection of Disney and The Hallmark Collection, among others. Marill’s practice includes developing large-scale outdoor murals and helping to run a residency program for international artists in downtown Phoenix.

Carrie’s work features in the winter 2016 issue of The Moth.

SARAH LEONARD studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has been working as an artist in residence since 2011 on a portraiture project involving refugees and asylum seekers, exhibited at the Pearce Institute in Glasgow this summer. She also cooks at a night shelter for destitute asylum seekers, and she set up The Glasgow Drawing School (at which many of the classes are free) to teach drawing skills.

Sarah’s work features in the autumn 2016 issue of The Moth.


The Moth Art Prize is awarded to a body of figurative or representational work. The prize consists of a month-long retreat at a residential studio in a beautiful lakeland setting in rural Ireland, along with a travel stipend of €1,000. The prize is open to anyone over the age of 18, and is judged on a portfolio of images of 5–10 artworks submitted by email or post.

The Prize will open again in January 2017. If you would like to be kept informed please email enquiries@themothmagazine.com