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FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2016

August 2nd, 2016

India Pearce, Degree Show 2016

BA Fine Art graduates Emii Alrai and India Pearce have been shortlisted for this year’s FUAM Graduate Art Prize which showcases the work of four recent art students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies and the School of Design.

Now in its fourth year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM), rewards the artistic excellence of 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 four finalists, which will open with an evening reception on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 6pm.

After visiting the degree shows of the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies and School of Design which took place around campus in June, a panel of three judges from across the city selected four graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery’s increasingly prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2016.

The finalists are: Emii Alrai and India Pearce (School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies); Zoe James and Francesca Ivaldi (School of Design).

The judging panel comprised Bryony Bond, Creative Director at The Tetley; Derek Horton, curator and co-director of &Model, an international contemporary art gallery in Leeds; and Professor Frank Finlay, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds.

In September, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize who 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 the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) in an awards ceremony on 28 September 2016.

Dr Chris Taylor, Deputy Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, said:

“The FUAM Graduate Art Prize is an important stepping stone in the careers of our graduates and showcases the high level of engaging and thought-provoking work which students at the University of Leeds continue to produce. The work exhibited by Emii and India is reflective of the way in which art practice in the School is developed through a consideration of the formal and theoretical aspects of visual communication and materiality.”

Emii and India’s work will be on show in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery to 1 October 2016.

More information about the FUAM Graduate Art Prize can be found here.

Image: Work by India Pearce, Degree Show 2016

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