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NUA graduate wins prestigious drawing award

NUA graduate wins prestigious drawing award

Jerwood Drawing Prize

A drawing installation by NUA alumnus Jade Montserrat has won this year’s Jerwood Student Award. Jade’s work ‘No Need for Clothing’ combines performance and drawing, transforming gallery walls with charcoal and her body covered in the grime of the work, underlining the intense labour of her creative effort. The Jerwood judges were presented with documentary images of Jade’s performance, photographed by Jacquetta Clark. Jade, who studied a Master’s Degree at NUA in 2011, describes her work as having the “potential to speak of entanglement, of commodity fetishism; possessively accumulated, intimately discarded; a polemic engaged in combat between histories of colonialism and today’s realities, imposition and economies of trust, protection and survival.” When asked if she had any advice for students considering going into higher education, Jade said “In the spirit of this prize, it has to be drawing, study drawing, attend life drawing classes, observe everything, be curious, be open, be fluid, draw out questions from everywhere, draw from all experiences, walk, think of life as a drawing – a trace – draw from the moment and act.”