Public to judge £10,000 arts prize

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Visitors to an art gallery are to be given the chance to give their verdict in a competition dubbed the alternative to the Turner Prize.

They will be able to decide which of seven artists short listed for the £25,000 Threadneedle Prize for figurative art gets a separate £10,000 award.

Three art experts are to choose the winner of the main prize, which will be announced at the Mall Galleries in central London on September 15.

But while the competition is on show that month, those attending will also be able to vote for their favorite among the short listed works. This is the third year of the Threadneedle Prize, which aims to raise the profile of figurative art – that which represents the world as it is seen.

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