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Student wins Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society prize

Norwich University of the Arts has announced the winner of the annual Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society Prize. The society has a long tradition of supporting young contemporary artists as they emerge each year from their studies at NUA. 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.

The winner of this year’s prize is artist Rachel Kurdynowska, a student on the BA Fine Art course, for her large pencil drawing ‘Untitled Drawing’. The drawing which is alongside one wall of the exhibition, took over 50 hours to draw and Rachel has purposely left her pencil sharpenings by the piece which she intended to rub out once finished. She explained: “My work is about the exploration of drawing through the actual drawing with the intention of rubbing it out so it is never seen. I intended to rub the drawing out straight away but as I have received such a great response to it I have decided to leave it up then gradually rub it out day by day whilst the exhibition is open.”

NCAS chairman presents the winner with her prize

Keith Roberts, Chair of Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society (NCAS), and Rachel Kurdynowska

Six students were shortlisted for the prize but the members of the NCAS judging committee rapidly narrowed their original shortlist down from six to two pieces. They chose Rachel’s piece for its ambiguous and unsettling perspective, its bold execution and its knowing and self-referential content.

Rachel, who lives in Norwich, was presented with her prize by Keith Roberts, Chairman of NCAS at a special presentation held at NUA this afternoon.

Keith Roberts commented: “We are delighted to continue our support of emerging artists from NUA. Rachel’s piece is beautifully drawn, with the process of its own drawing carefully graphed below by pencil shavings and charmed the judges, and swung their final decision.”

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