Here you will find winners of prizes, awards and scholarships awarded to Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) students.
Andrea Radford, third year BA (Hons) Architecture student was awarded first place in the 2016/17 Feilden+Mawson scholarship award, and will receive £1500 to assist her in her final studies at NUA. Second place was awarded to Isaac Read, third year BA (Hons) Architecture student, who will receive £500.
As part of the selection process, each candidate were required to present their final year project to the judging panel consisting of Philip Bodie and Stuart Jones, both partners at Feilden+Mawson, alongside Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design & Architecture. The judges thought that “Andrea’s premise and idea was a powerful one that seemed unique and appropriate to the cultural friction in Belfast. We liked the idea of supporting the maternal influence and thought it was an insightful approach”. The judges said “Isaac’s subject matter, one that sought to provide accommodation in a bid to normalise homelessness was a very interesting one. It was clear that Isaac will try to ensure that the building does not become just another shelter which may create a ghetto or no go area in a city which is already not short on these”.
The judging panel were impressed with all candidates, and said “We were genuinely impressed with the overall quality of the work presented and the confidence displayed by all candidates. It is also an encouraging sign that the next generation of architects are starting on a firm footing”.
Jessica Burgess, MA Fine Art and Amy Ollett, MA Fashion were awarded the first Dubery and Brogden postgraduate scholarships for 2016/17 and will each receive £2,500 for their year of postgraduate studies at NUA. Amanda Geitner (Director of EAAF) who judged the scholarship said: “We were fascinated by Jessica Burgess’ work and felt that her interest in representational painting, the figure and still life, had a connection to Fred Dubery’s work. Amy Ollett has worked with dance to make garments for performance. Her application grabbed our attention with her interest in the sculptural potential of fabric, and her fascination with the relationship of the fabric to the dancer’s body and movement.”
Both students were delighted to receive the scholarship, Jessica Burgess said “I feel extremely honoured and appreciative to have had my practice as a painter recognized by East Anglia Art Fund, the award has already helped in supporting my studies on the MA course” Amy Ollett said “I have never felt more welcome at NUA and receiving this scholarship award was overwhelming as the support and recognition I am receiving continues”.
Jack Fenn, year one BA (Hons) Fashion student and Ellen Harling , year one BA (Hons) Illustration student were also winners of the first Dubery and Brogden Undergraduate scholarship, and will receive £2,500 for each of their three years of studies at NUA.The judges were impressed with Jacks’ enormously enthusiastic statement, and said that his comments about travel, exhibitions and artists reveal a lively curiosity and passion for the visual arts. The judges were interested in the breadth of Ellen’s interests, spanning a range of artists and writers, including medieval religious art, and her experiments with a range of techniques and media, from photography to print-making and textiles.
Year three BA (Hons) Fine Art student Devin Smith won first prize in the Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art 2016. Devin was awarded £400 for first prize, with Year three student Ellie Davison-Archer winning a second prize of £200.
Judging the award, Brian Davey said “It has been a pleasure to make the award for this year as it was apparent from even seeing the first applicant that it was going to be difficult to make a final selection from the applicants I wanted to see. I had to revisit the aspects of art that I knew my late wife appreciated in order to help decide on the winner. As it was, the standard was high and i decided to make two awards. Devin Smith impressed me considerably as she managed to incorporate a real social conscience with an ability for presenting her work in a very talented and pleasing way. The quality of her work was, in my opinion, exceptional. Ellie Davison-Archer came a close second by incorporating an enquiring mind with a real talent for successfully presenting line and texture using different mediums taking examples from very diverse and unusual sources. A very accomplished presentation.”
Nathan Barnes, first year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student was awarded the 2015/16 John Jarrold Trust Scholarship worth £3,000. The scholarship was awarded to Nathan based on the substance of his portfolio and passion for Graphic Design at interview. The John Jarrold Trust launched the scholarship to concur with NUA’s 170th year anniversary.
Year three BA (Hons) Architecture student James Appleby was awarded the Hamson Barron Smith Architects Award for Sustainable Design 2015/16 for demonstrating the most promising approach to environmental considerations in his final BA Degree Show work. John Thornberry, Design Director at Hamson Barron commented, “James Appleby’s work shows a broad and wide ranging approach to the concept of sustainability, considering community and economy as well as materials and technology.”
Year 3 BA (Hons) Architecture students Hoi-Kit Wong and Rafael Viegas Ramos were joint winners of the first Feilden+Mawson scholarship awarded in 2016, and each received £1000 for their final year of studies. The judges thought highly of Hoi-Kit Wong’s ‘Giant Causeway’ project and were impressed with the use of the montages in relation to the design itself. The judges thought that Rafael’s response to his final project was exciting, had integrity and was highly innovative and well presented.
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BA (Hons) Architecture year three student James Potter was awarded the LSI Architects Drawing Prize 2015/16. The prize recognises outstanding drawing by a student at the BA Degree Shows.
LSI Architects Partner, Rupert Kitchen commented “James’ work on display, from concept sketches and collage through to well-developed technical drawings, describes his scheme with a clarity that is immediate and engaging. What is compelling about James’ work is not so much what he has drawn, but what he hasn’t drawn, leaving out non-essential information that would clutter the view and obscure the ideas that he is seeking to convey. All stages of his work are displayed with a confidence and consistency of style that hint at a maturity of thought and process, that stand as a testament to the quality of tuition he has received at NUA and not least to his talent as an Architectural student.”
BA (Hons) Architecture year three student Halima Haruna was awarded the Purcell Research Report Prize 2015/16. The award is presented each year to a final year student studying Architecture at NUA who produces the most outstanding Research Report. Oliver Chinn, Chartered Architect from Purcell Architects commented on Halima’s prize, “Halima Haruna takes some complex theories and ideas around gender and architecture and was able to bring them together into an engaging and authoritative narrative”.
The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded BA (Hons) Architecture year three student Rafael Viegas Ramos the RIBA East Student Award 2016 for his project ‘the Belfast Community Exchange’. RIBA’s annual East Awards celebrates and rewards outstanding architectural students in the East of England region. Read more about the RIBA East Student Awards on the RIBA website.
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication year two student Jonathan Leonard won the Nic Hughes Travel Prize for 2015/16 for showing improvement and progression from his first to second year.
The judges, Professor Hilary Carlisle (Dean of Design and Architecture) and Professor Richard Sawdon Smith (Dean of Arts and Media) commented on Laura’s win, “We chose Jonathan Leonard as the winner of the Nic Hughes Travel prize, as his was well designed, witty and indicated a valuable learning experience”.
BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production year two student Laura Wadha won the Richardson Brown Travel Prize for 2015/16 for showing excellence in her studies. The prize awards Laura with a travel bursary worth £400 giving Laura the opportunity to further her studies by travelling abroad to enhance her creative practice.
The judges, Professor Hilary Carlisle (Dean of Design and Architecture) and Professor Richard Sawdon Smith (Dean of Arts and Media) commented on Laura’s win, “We thought Laura presented an outstanding application which was engaging, very well narrated and included a detailed budget. Her commitment to the subject, her discipline and to getting her message heard is to be commended”.
George Gray, Year 1 BA (Hons) Illustration, received the John Jarrold Trust Scholarship on the strength of his portfolio and enthusiasm for his subject at his interview. George received £1,000 each year of his three-year course paid as a mixture of cash and credit paid into a Papercut account. The John Jarrold Trust offered a second scholarship for 2015/16 entry to coincide with NUA’s 170th anniversary year, also worth £3,000 to a new student starting their course at NUA in September 2015.
Jennifer Davey was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History. This award, offered by her husband Brian in her memory, is a combination of cash and workshop material vouchers and is presented to a final year student who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study. The award aims to offer the recipient additional financial support, to help lift the burden of the cost of their education as they prepare for their end of year Degree Show.
The recipient of the award for the 2014/15 academic year is BA Fine Art Year 3 student, Charlie Barkus, and was given by Brian in recognition of Charlie’s passion for his practice and his clear understanding of the direction he wants to take his work in the future. You can find more about Charlie here.
By sponsoring an award to a Fine Art student, Brian wanted Jennifer’s legacy to continue, as he explained: “Jennifer loved teaching and I wanted to offer an award that reflected this but would also support and benefit an artist at the early stages of their career. I know without doubt that this award is something that she would have preferred to have done anonymously, but as she was never anonymous to me or her friends, I am now fortunate enough to make it happen in her name.”
On receiving the award, Charlie commented: “Winning this award has given me the confidence to produce work for the degree show which best reflects the three years I have spent working towards this point. To receive the award, especially against incredibly strong competition in my year group feels great. To know that someone is willing to praise my work in this way is extremely flattering. The award will allow me to experiment with my work, creating more ambitious pieces and propelling myself forward after my course has finished.”
The next round of applications for the Jennifer Davey Award will be invited at the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year.
The Richardson Brown Travel Prize is offered in memory of Frances Brown, a former student who left a legacy to NUA to award an annual travel bursary to a current student. The prize is offered to a current second year student who achieves over 70% in their unit 4 assessment and allows them the opportunity to travel abroad to enhance their creative practice. Students are invited to submit a proposal to demonstrate how receiving the award will help them to travel to a specific destination to research an aspect of their work and to gain inspiration which they wouldn’t be able to afford without the bursary.
The recipient of the Richardson Brown Travel Prize for the 2014/15 academic year is James Potter, Year 2 BA Architecture. James impressed the judging panel with the research he had undertaken for his proposal which included clear learning objectives and a detailed itinerary and budget for how he will use the £500 prize money. James’ proposal was to travel to Switzerland to visit some of the country’s historical monuments, museums and architectural housing developments. Starting in Basel, James will visit The Vitra Design Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron VitraHaus.
James’ current project is to develop a housing complex designed around a natural sloping landscape. During his trip, James will visit similar projects including Siedlung Halen, a housing project designed by Atelier 5, which is positioned in a sloping field in a wooded area on the northwest perimeter of Bern overlooking the Are River. He will then travel to Zurich to visit the Heidi Weber Museum, dedicated to the work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier.
James was presented his award by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last and commented: “To receive this award is a great honour and I am really excited to be able to go on the trip to Switzerland which will be help me greatly in my research and also inspire me as an architect.”
During his travels, James will keep a journal of the places he visits along with photographs and sketches which he will present to the judging panel on his return. At the presentation Alex Clark (BA Games Art and Design) Daina Eicaite (BA Fashion) and Josh Windsor (BA Illustration) were also awarded Highly Commended for their proposals illustrating the high standard of applications received.
BA (Hons) Design for Publishing student Natalie Sowa (USA) was awarded the N170 International Student Scholarship in 2015, worth £5,000. Natalie commented, “Without the scholarship I would have struggled to cover the cost of my tuition fees and been unable to accept my place at NUA. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received.”
Year three Graphic Design student, Sophie Taylor has been awarded the Chaos Imago Award, an award supported by Chaos Design Company and selected by their MD, NUA Graphic Design Alumni, Peter Campbell. The prize recognizes committed and dedicated students who have created exemplary work. Sophie was awarded a prize of £1,000 to put towards her studies at NUA.
Peter explained, ‘Sophie’s work, ambition, creativity and personality most suited Chaos, and a deciding factor along with this was the affect the financial award would have towards her completing her final year studies. She is clearly hard working and I really recognised and appreciated those attributes and it’s good to know the award will help her along her way to some extent’. Peter had great praise for the other shortlisted entries, he said, ‘All those shortlisted in particular were impressive in different ways and with all these things it’s a shame only one person is the winner’. After the win Sophie and Peter worked collectively on a Logo design for the Award (pictured) which will be given annually to a successful Graphic Design student.
The Jonathan Colam-French Scholarship was established in 2010 by Jonathan to offer financial support and encouragement to a student as they enter their final year of study. Students who have achieved over 72% at the end of their second year assessments are invited to apply for the scholarship and outline how receiving the scholarship will benefit their practice during their final year and as they approach their Degree Show.
The recipient of the Jonathan Colam-French Scholarship for the 2012/13 academic year is Siobhan O’Keeffe, BA Fashion Year 3. Jonathan selected Siobhan as he was impressed with her passion and dedication for her studies and for the industry she wants to work in after graduation. Siobhan commented: “I am shocked but really excited to receive the scholarship and I would like to thank Jonathan for his generous support. I am going to use the award to buy good quality fabrics for my final collection that I might not have been able to afford without it.”
NUA has extended the financial support it offers to students by funding three new international scholarships. The scholarships have been awarded on the basis of academic merit and to students who demonstrated a standard of excellence at their interview with their current portfolio of work and their creative potential and enthusiasm for their chosen course of study. American student Natalie Sowa, Year 1 Design for Publishing, received the top scholarship of £5,000. On receiving her award she commented: “Without the scholarship I would have struggled to cover the cost of my tuition fees and been unable to accept my place at NUA. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received.” Adrian Lim from Malaysia, Year 1 Graphic Design, received £2,000 and MA Fashion student Naomi Wambugu from Kenya received the N170 International Postgraduate Scholarship of £2,000. All scholarships have been awarded against tuition fees which make a significant contribution to the cost for international students studying in the UK.