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Bishop’s Art Prize winners 2018

Bishop’s Art Prize winners 2018

A film capturing the light and darkness of the ancient Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis has won this year’s Bishop’s Art Prize.

Bishop of Norwich presents Norwich University of the Arts student Julian Hand with the winning certificate at the Bishop's Art Prize 2018

The short film by MA Moving Image and Sound student Julian Hand, presents the Neolithic stones on the island in the Outer Hebrides as a beacon “illuminating humanity’s cultural and spiritual past, symbolically connecting the earth and sky.”

Work by BA Textile Design student Zoe Bell and BA Fine Art student Averil Cooper won joint second prizes, with third prize being awarded to BA Fine Art student Jenni Ahrens.

The Bishop’s Art Prize is an annual competition open to final year students at NUA who are studying for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Students are invited to create works in response to a brief set by the Bishop of Norwich that explore a theme. This year’s theme was “Light in the Darkness.”

"The Bishop’s Art Prize is a wonderful showcase of talent from across the courses at Norwich University of the Arts."

Carl Rowe, BA Fine Art Course Leader

A judging panel formed of the Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last, NUA Fine Art Course Leader Carl Rowe and 2017 Bishop’s Art Prize winner Elizabeth Monahan selected the winners, who received cash prizes including a first prize of £1,000.

Bishop Graham said: “Both the number and the overall quality of the entries for the Bishop’s Art Prize from NUA students has grown over the years, and this year’s exhibition is a very fine one. It’s been a good way of encouraging students to discover spirituality in the creative arts and a reminder that the Church is still a sponsor of a great deal of art. I am immensely grateful for the warm support the Bishop’s Art Prize receives from NUA, one of the many ways our university of the arts contributes to the life of our fine city.”

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, added his personal thanks to Bishop Graham for a decade of support. “I’d like to thank the Bishop for the extraordinary support he has given to the arts and emerging talent at NUA,” he said.

The Bishop’s Art Prize exhibition features the work of 23 shortlisted students, open to the public until 14 June 2018 at The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Admission is free.

Bishop's Art Prize 2018

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