FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2018 finalists

Four University graduates have been nominated for the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) Graduate Art Prize.

FUAM July 2018

Now in its sixth year, the competition rewards the artistic excellence of students completing their studies in Art and Design and Fine Art at the University. The work of this year’s four finalists will be showcased in an exhibition in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery from 14 August 2018.

They were selected by an expert panel of judges comprising of Nigel Walsh (Contemporary Art Curator at Leeds Art Gallery), Amy Charlesworth (Lecturer in Art History with the Open University) and Luke Windsor (Deputy Dean of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds).

The finalists are:

Beth Windmill (BA Art and Design), Mapping My Family, collage, 2018. © The Artist

Beth Windmill July 2018Hannah Marsh (BA Fine Art), For Eya, Susie and I (7), ink drawing using cleaning tools, 2018. © The Artist

Hannah Marsh July 2018Katie Clark (BA Fine Art), The Grey Area, installation: digital animated video, 2018. © The Artist

Katie Clark July 2018Tayisiya Shovgelia (BA Art and Design), Untitled, (detail) photograph, 2018.

Tayisiya Shovgelia July 2018The 2017 Prize winner, Zoe Carlon, has gone on to complete residences at the Art House in Wakefield and Dumfries House in Scotland with the Royal Drawing School. She has also been selected for the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She will be undertaking research as part of a residency with Art Quarter Budapest in September 2018.

This year’s finalists are collaborating with the Gallery team to create a group exhibition of their artwork. 

Themes explored include intersectional feminism (recognising women experience oppression in varying configurations), the relation between identity and memory, images of Memento mori (the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality) informed by fashion photography and the invisibility of black people in institutions.

The judges will return in September to select the overall winner. The 'Best in Show' graduating student artist of the year will receive £250, while each of the runners-up will receive £100 to aid them in their developing career as artists. Prizes will be presented during an awards ceremony on 26 September 2018 staged by FUAM – a registered charity established in 1989 to promote and support art and music at the University.

The exhibition is open each week from 1-5pm on Monday and between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. It will run from 15 August to 3 November 2018 and entry is free.

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