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FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2016

Published 06 July 2015

Zoe James, Untitled, 2016 photographs on MDF, © The Artist

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of the 4 top art students from the School of Design and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Wednesday 3 August - Saturday 1 October 2016

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome.

Now in its fourth 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 2016. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the work of this year's 4 finalists, which will open on Tuesday 2 August 2016, 6pm.

Degree shows at the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds took place around campus in June 2016. After visiting these, a panel of 3 judges from around the Yorkshire region selected 4 graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's increasingly prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2016. 

The Finalists for 2016 are: 

Zoe James (School of Design)

Francesca Ivaldi (School of Design)

Emii Alrai (School of Fine Art)

India Pearce (School of Art)

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 28 September 2016.

The Judging Panel

Bryony Bond - Bryony joined The Tetley as Creative Director in January 2016. A contemporary art gallery housed in the old headquarters of Tetley's Brewery, The Tetley hosts a regular programme of exhibitions and events. Previously Bryony was Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth, Manchester where she co-curated major group exhibitions such as We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Today, solo exhibitions including Bedwyr Williams and Callum Innes, and collaborations with Artangel and Siobhan Davies Dance. In 2013 she was seconded to Manchester International Festival to produce a 65hour durational performance by Nikhil Chopra. She has also advised National Museums Scotland on a strategy for working with contemporary art and previously worked at Camden Arts Centre, London and A Foundation, Liverpool. 

Derek Horton - Derek worked on adventure playgrounds and community arts projects in the 1970s, then spent many years teaching art in higher education. He co-founded the online magazines '/seconds' with Peter Lewis in 2005 and 'Soanyway' with Lisa Stansbie in 2009. His latest work was recently shown in the exhibition Sublime Transactions at the Armitt Museum, Ambleside (UK), alongside David Toop, Sir Peter Blake and others, and in projects in Birmingham, Sharjah and Nantes. He writes about art and has contributed chapters to several books, including recently, Marc Leger [ed.] The Idea of the Avant Garde-And What It Means Today (Manchester University Press), and Russell Marshall & Phil Sawdon [eds.] Drawing Ambiguity-Beside The Lines of Contemporary Art (IB Taurus). His principal current project is as curator and co-director of &Model, an international contemporary art gallery in Leeds, and he was recently appointed Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art at the School of Art, Birmingham City University.

Professor Frank Finlay - Frank is a Professor of German and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds. Before joining the University of Leeds as Professor and Head of German, Frank worked as a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer in Manchester and Bradford. Externally, Frank is Co-Chair of the national Heads of German Forum and has held a number of roles in the subject community, including being President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland and a member of the German sub-panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

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. 

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

Zoe James, Untitled, 2016 photographs on MDF, © The Artist
Opening Reception – The FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2016
Tuesday 2 August 2016 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Sculptural yarn jewellery FUAM workshop
Sculptural Yarn Jewellery Workshop
Thursday 15 September 2016 17:30 - 19:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
FUAM logo
Prize-giving: FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2016
Wednesday 28 September 2016 17:30 - 18:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery