7 September 2011
Last updated at 15:56
Six of the seven artworks shortlisted this year for the £25,000 Threadneedle Prize are by women. Organisers say Sarah R Key's Everything in its Right Place "draws on contemporary and historical cultural references that collapse into the dreamlike or nightmarish".
Since the award was launched in 2008, only female artists have won and Howard Dyke is the only man nominated this year. The artist works from images he finds on such sites as Getty, Google and Flickr, using them to form paintings like his shortlisted piece White Burka (pictured).
The winner of the £25,000 prize has already been chosen and will be announced on 5 October. Even if she does not win, however, shortlisted artist Amy Stephens - nominated for Birch in Space, 2010 (pictured) - will receive £1,000.
Henrietta Simson selects early Renaissance depictions of space and landscape that provide the setting for a scene or story. Her shortlisted work Bad Government has the subtitle After Lorenzetti, a reference to the 12th Century painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
The seven shortlisted works will be displayed among 45 other artworks at the Mall Galleries from 22 September to 8 October. Organisers say Nadine Mahoney's Anon Series (4) is an example of how she depicts "hybrid forms that are both abstract and figurative".
Georgina Amos's work explores objects that communicate invisibly, such as mobile phones, masts and telephone lines. She has been shortlisted this year for her piece Open Lid.
The works are openly submitted and this year more than 4,000 pieces were entered - more than double the amount previously received. Laura Smith, shortlisted for her piece Knife, was one of the lucky artists whose work was selected.