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Andrea Girling, who graduated in 2012, was shortlisted in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, the UK’s largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing which aims to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice. Over 3,000 entries were submitted this year for consideration by the independent panel of selectors. All shortlisted work was displayed at Jerwood Space, London from in September and October, followed by a tour to venues across the UK, including the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University (November 2013 – February 2014) The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, and Plymouth Arts Centre (February – March 2014) and the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University (March – April 2014). Andrea’s work was sold at the exhibition.
BA Fine Art Course Leader Carl Rowe gave a talk on print and printmaking at the Impact 8 printmaking conference in Dundee. He also presented a collection of NUA student and staff print portfolios from the BA Fine Art course’s international portfolio project, which has promoted the democracy of printed multiples since 2002 and produced over 250 printed works. Completed portfolios have been donated to educational institutions including Arizona State University, California State University, Academy of Fine Arts Poland, San Francisco Arts Institute, University of Art Berlin, Boston University and Osaka College of Art and Design Kyoto.
Alumnus Emily Cole was announced as the winner of the Holt Festival art prize. Her acrylic and oil picture ‘Drifter’, which is based on a photograph taken during a walk through Constable Country, was exhibited with all shortlisted works at the Nicholson Gallery in Holt before being hung at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Read an interview with Emily in the Eastern Daily Press.
Senior Lecturer Victoria Mitchell discussed the legacy of feminist art historian Rozsika Parker’s pioneering book ‘The Subversive Stitch, Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine’ at Jerwood Makers Open in August.
NUA graduate (2007) James Mesoja was a runner up in this year’s Marmite Prize for Painting. Championing a wide range of contemporary painting, this was the fourth iteration of the prize which showcased 32 artists selected from almost 850 entries. James’s ‘Group’ – a 100cmx100cm oil on canvass work – was displayed as part of the Marmite Prize exhibition at Tannery Arts in Bermondsey, London.
The cover story of the May 2013 edition of JAMA Psychiatry, published by the American Medical Association, discussed the art of Lucian Freud and included a recollection of his time tutoring at Norwich University of the Arts: ‘in 1964, Freud assigned his students…to create naked self-portraits. He asked them to “try and make it the most revealing, telling and believable object. Something really shameless you know.”‘
Alumnus Jenny Leonard was commissioned by the Norwich Business Improvement District to design the decoration for their entry in the city’s GoGoGorillas! trail which launched in June to raise funds for the charity Break and the Born Free Foundation. Read the full story on the Eastern Daily Press website.
‘The Yellow Jockey’ (c1940) painting by Sir Alfred Munnings, an alumnus of the institution in the 1890s, has sold at Sotheby’s in London for £482,500.
Graduate Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson was chosen as a Juried Winner in round three of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Series. Her work focuses on landscape drawings which ‘explores the spaces we exist in, both physical and psychological”.
Students in Year 2 exhibited their work at firstsite in Colchester as part of a day of activities in April.
Year 1 student Henry Driver had his work selected for inclusion in the Suffolk Showcase 2013 at the Smiths Row gallery in Bury St Edmunds. Among the selectors for the show was NUA alumnus and practicing artist Adam Bridgland. Henry also screened moving image work at the Half Worlds exhibition at Enclave Projects in South East London.
The work of artist Kyle Kirkpatrick was displayed at the m2 Gallery in Peckham, London in a show titled ‘Layer, Shift, Lift‘ during March and April. Kyle graduated from BA Fine Art at NUA in 2010 and recently completed a young artist in residence program at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.
Following her appearance on BBC2’s popular art competition ‘Show me the Monet’ and her selection for the tie-in grand exhibition and sale at the Mall Galleries in London, Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson organised a further showing of work from the featured artists called ‘After the Monet’ at the Coningsby Gallery in London in March. Kirsty, who graduated from NUA in 2011, showed alongside 19 other artists who made the cut above 3,000 applicants to the original programme.
Fine Art students challenged their endurance in April in order to raise funds for their degree show. 35 students over the course of five days (seven students a day) climbed the equivalent height of Everest Base Camp on the stairs of NUA’s St Georges Building.
NUA’s Dialogues 2013 symposium was titled ‘On shifting ground: the endurance of abstract painting’. The event responded to and reflected upon the current dialogue and re-examination of the status of abstract painting that has been generated by a number of recent exhibitions, survey shows and publications, acknowledging both the history and legacy of abstract painting, its continued relevance for contemporary artists working today, and reflecting the continually moving terrain in which it operates. Speakers at the symposium included Sarah Shalgosky, Curator of the ‘The Indiscipline of Painting’ (2012) at the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Narbi Price, Artist & John Moores Prize winner 2012; Michael Brick, Artist; and Simon Granger, Artist & Senior Lecturer Fine Art at NUA.
Dialogues 2013 was the 4th iteration of the Dialogues project, now established as an annual feature of the academic calendar for Fine Art students at NUA. Its central aim is to provide a platform for dialogue and encounter with a range of artists, academics and practitioners in the field. This symposium will introduce a range of projects, ideas and practices to the Fine Art community at NUA, that will help to question the meaning, relevance and currency of contemporary abstract painting today.
BA Fine Art graduate Amy Rogers was selected for an exhibition in the Houses of Parliament in August during the Olympic Games. The show was the culmination of the ‘Journey to the Podium’ project commissioned by Essex County Council which invited 27 artists to pair up with Olympic hopefuls to produce an artwork which represented the athlete and the process of their Olympic training. Amy was partnered with Team Sky cyclist Alex Dowsett, whose Olympic dream ultimately faltered through injury and illness. Nevertheless Amy’s portrait of the athlete was selected among the final 12 to participate in the ‘Arts in Parliament’ exhibition. The project is accredited with the ‘Inspire’ mark and is part of the Cultural Olympiad. The ‘Journey to the Podium’ collection is now permanently on show in sporting and cultural venues across Essex.
Fine Art graduate Jenny Leonard was selected from 500 submissions from around the world as one of 40 finalists for the 2012 Signature Art Prize. Her work has been shortlisted in the Mixed Media category and was included in a two month exhibition in the competition sponsor DegreeArt’s Execution Room gallery on Vyner Street in East London. Her entry ‘Hiker’ is from her ‘Accidental Landscapes/PlasterLandscapes’ series, which she developed for the NUA Degree Show. Made by carefully splashing paint onto canvas and board, the scale is then realised with a tiny carefully cut out traveller perched on the surface of the place.
BA Fine Art student Greg Hayman was shortlisted among 73 established artists, newcomers and students from a submission of almost 3,000 entries for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize, the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Greg’s work Negative Perception is a found image which has been manipulated and transferred to acetate, then to scree, then to print, with the process pixelating the image at each stage. It was included in an exhibition at JVA at Jerwood Space, London.
Graduating student Rachel Kurdynowska was announced as the the winner of the annual Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society (NCAS) Prize. She earned the prize for her large pencil drawing ‘Untitled Drawing’. The drawing which is alongside one wall of the NUA Degree Show exhibition, took over 50 hours to draw and was chosen for its ambiguous and unsettling perspective, its bold execution and its knowing and self-referential content. This is the second year NCAS has made an annual award of £500 to a final year student for best work in the degree show.
Year Three student Kate Hyman (pictured, second from left) earned second place in the Bishop’s Art Prize 2012 with her entry ‘angels’. She was presented with a certificate and cash prize at a special ceremony held at Norwich Cathedral. In total, 25 students were shortlisted for the prize and all entries went on show in a public exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral. The winners were selected by a judging panel comprising of the Bishop of Norwich; Professor John Last, NUA Vice-Chancellor; Susan Gunn, artist and NUA graduate; and Carl Rowe, Course Leader for Fine Art at NUA.
NUA’s Fine Art symposium ‘Dialogues’ explored the resurgence of interest in the use of materials to generate meaning, with invited speakers including artists Mark Harris, Sara Mackillop and Mark Wilsher, as well as NUA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) Neil Powell, who gave a consideration of Mono-ha, a group of artists working in Japan in the late 1960s. The symposium was well-attended by over 200 students and staff. As well as the lectures, the event presented some break out seminars, film screenings, a panel discussion and a student coordinated resource area which included artist information, catalogues, books and literature.
A Fine Art student’s sculpture was unveiled on the site of the former football ground of Norwich City FC which has been redeveloped for housing. ‘The Nest’, a steel structure which stands 5m high with a 1.5m wide base, was created by Liz Mannion in response to a commercial brief set by housing developer Hopkins Homes through ideasfactory@NUA.
Katy Armes, who graduated from NUA Fine Art in 2010, had her work shortlisted for the Art & Chiristianity Enquiry (ACE) Award for Art in a Religious Context, alongside works by Antony Gormley, Thomas Denny, James Hugonin/Anne Vibeke Mou and Jonathan Parsons. Her work, NoThing, is a site specific response to the St John The Baptist’s Church in Hellington, formed around a line ‘drawn’ down the centre of the church by carefully removing dirt and dust. The ACE Awards are designed to celebrate the successes and diversity of architectural and artistic projects in religious buildings throughout Britain. The judging panel for the Award for Art in a Religious Context, chaired by the Very Rev’d Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester and includes Professor Glynn Williams of the Royal College of Art.
The 2011 Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Prize was awarded to student Katriona Parkinson for her degree show work ‘Nest’. Her installation, which has earned her a first class honours degree, invites visitors to make a closer inspection of the work by taking one of a row of magnifying glasses hanging at the entrance. Katriona said: “The piece is inspired by the nature of collections, the uncanny, grotesque and subversion of the perception of the everyday object.”
The Bishop’s Art Prize was awarded to Fine Art student Georgia Dodson, who won £1,000 for her painting ‘Goldfinches and Thistle Seeds’. Joe Baker (also a Fine Art student) earned second place and £500 for his drawing ‘Slaver/Tanker’. The works were displayed with the six other shortlisted pieces in an exhibition in St Peter Hungate Church in Norwich in June.