FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2015: the finalists

Five students have been nominated for this year’s Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) Graduate Art Prize.

Now in its third year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing their studies in Fine Art and Design. Their work will be displayed in an exhibition in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery from Friday 7 August.

The five finalists are:

Sam Judd, A Chair is a Difficult Thing, made from wood and recycled chairs, 2015 © The Artist

Sam Judd's 'A Chair is a Difficult Thing' - finalist in the FUAM 2015 Graduate Art Prize.

Caroline Denby, Neither Here, Nor there: Dave (front) and Sarah (back), mixed media installation, 2015 © The ArtistCaroline Denby's 'Neither here, Nor there' - finalist in the FUAM 2015 Graduate Art Prize.

Ruff Child, Coney Island Disco Palace, mixed media installation, 2015 © The ArtistRuff Child, Coney Island Disco Palace - finalist in the FUAM 2015 Graduate Art Prize.

Jack Otway, Irreversible, acrylic on gesso panel, 2015 © The ArtistJack Otway's Irreversible - finalist in the FUAM graduate art prize 2015

Sophie Hardy, Hybrids, digitally-edited photographs on PVC 2015 © The ArtistSophie Hardy's Hybrids - finalist in the 2015 Graduate art prize.

The judging panel, comprising Justin Hammond (Curator, Catlin Art Prize), Michelle Calvert (Director of Development- Alumni & Development, University of Leeds) and Helen Pheby (Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) found it a challenging yet rewarding experience.

Helen said: "For me, I found the entire process very inspiring and worthwhile; the responsibly of selecting winners - which was difficult as the standard was exceptional - meant that we really considered everybody's work in a way we might not have had we just visited."

The finalists are already hard at work, collaborating with the Gallery team to create a group exhibition of their artwork, which will include painting, photography, video and sculpture.

In September, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the Prize. The 'Best in Show' graduating artist of the year will receive £250. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 each to aid them in their developing career as artists. The Exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm and run until Saturday 3 October. The overall winner of the Prize will be announced on Wednesday 30 September.

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