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Lily Ackroyd-Willoughby, Speedy Material, 2014, mixed media installation. © The Artist

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2014

Now in its second year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of four top students from the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds.

Friday 22 August - Saturday 25 October 2014

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of four top students from the University of Leeds. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the work of these four finalists, opening with a preview on Thursday 21 August 2014 6-8pm.

Degree shows at the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds took place around campus in June 2014. After visiting these, a panel of three judges from around the Yorkshire region selected four graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's increasingly prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2014.

This year's finalists are:

Ben Eggleton (Design)

Chloe Burdett (Design)

Júlia Moscardó i Chàfer, (Fine Art)

Lily Ackroyd-Willoughby (Fine Art)

On 22 September, the judges - who comprised Aesthetica Magazine Editor, Cherie Federico; Curator and Head of Collections at The Hepworth Wakefield, Frances Guy; and University of Leeds' Director of Facilities Management, Dennis Hopper -  will announce their choice of overall winner from the four artists exhibiting at the Gallery. The 'Best in Show' graduating student artist of the year will receive £250 and a year's subscription to Aesthetica Magazine. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 each to aid them in their developing career as artists. The prizes will be awarded by FUAM in an awards ceremony on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize

In 2013, recognizing the high level of excellence of its art students, and in order to share their creativity with a wider audience, the University of Leeds launched an art prize and special exhibition for recent graduates from its undergraduate Fine Art and Design programmes. The University of Leeds aims to promote this, The FUAM Graduate Art Prize, as a highlight of the region's art calendar: an opportunity to see the best new art of the year. 

Speaking about her involvement in the show,last year's winner, Akeelah Bertram, described the experience as "a valuable opportunity to work with an experienced gallery team and see my work exhibited in a professional space. The prize also provided connections and funds for me to take my work forward, and encouraged me to keep making work after graduation." Akeelah has worked across Leeds and the UK since last year's exhibition and has been included in the esteemed Catlin Guide.

Through this prize and exhibition, the University of Leeds seeks to encourage the professional development of its art students, and to showcase student artwork of the highest standard with the regional public and the media.  The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is working to deliver this exhibition in conjunction with the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Design, who are generously supporting the costs of the exhibition.

The Prize itself is supported by the Friends of University Art and Music-Leeds (FUAM). This registered charity was established in 1989 to promote and support art and music at the University of Leeds. It promotes its charitable objectives by sponsoring concerts in the University's public concert programme, by providing funds to purchase or assist in the purchase of works for the University Art Collection and by arranging a variety of activities and talks for members.


In conjunction with the FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition at the Gallery and in the weeks following the prize giving, we will be running a series of professional practice seminars or workshops organised by BA Fine Art students. These sessions will be aimed at students and other early-career artists and will explore areas of concern often faced by newly graduating or emerging artists including issues such as how to apply for funding or residencies or how best to work with Galleries. Look out for further information coming soon.

We will also be running our normal series of free Burton Saturday events which will relate to themes of contemporary artistic practice and collecting contemporary art. Full details of these events and the seminars organised by the students themselves can be found on the gallery website and will be updated regularly.

Associated events

Ben Eggleton, Immurement, Stainless steel metal welded sculptures with upholstered chairs, 2014. © The Artist
Opening Reception: The FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2014
Thursday 21 August 2014 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
The FUAM Graduate Art Prize
Keep your eye on the Prize(?)
Saturday 27 September 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

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