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FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2015

Published 03 July 2015

A Chair is a Difficult Thing, wood and recycled chairs, 2015. © The Artist

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of the 5 top art students from the School of Design and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Friday 7 August - Saturday 3 October 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, 7 August 2015, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome.

Now in its third year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2015. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the work of this year's 5 finalists, which will open on Friday 7 August 2015.

Degree shows at the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds took place around campus in June 2015. After visiting these, a panel of 3 judges from around the Yorkshire region selected 5 graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's increasingly prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2015

This year's finalists are:

Caroline Denby (Fine Art)
Sophie Hardy (Design)
Sam Judd (Design)
Jack Otway (Fine Art)
Rothchild Wong/Ruff Child (Fine Art)

The judging panel, comprising Helen Pheby (Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Justin Hammond (Curator, Catlin Art Prize) and Michelle Calvert (Director of Development- Alumni & Development, University of Leeds), found it a challenging yet rewarding experience. Judge Helen Pheby 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 5 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. The exhibition will open to the public at a preview evening on Friday 7 August 2015. 

In September, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize.  The 'Best in Show' graduating student 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 prizes will be awarded by FUAM in an awards ceremony on 30 September 2015.

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize

Since 2013, the University has recognized the high level of artistic excellence of its undergraduate students, and shared their creativity with a wider audience through The FUAM Graduate Art Prize.  The FUAM Graduate Art Prize 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, 2013 winnerAkeelah 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 the 2013 exhibition and was 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.  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.

Associated events

Hybrids, digitally-edited photographs on PVC, 2015. © The Artist
Opening Reception: The FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2015
Friday 7 August 2015 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
view of art gallery © The University of Leeds
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Saturday 15 August 2015 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
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Prize-giving: FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2015
Wednesday 30 September 2015 17:30 - 18:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery