Student wins Khojaly Peace Prize 2017
Congratulations to BA (Hons) Fine Art student Louisa Marriott who won the Khojaly Peace Prize for Art 2017. Louisa received her award at a special ceremony and exhibition which took place in the Houses of Parliament in February. Her entry was shortlisted from over 70 submissions for the prize which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre. This year, the judges for the prestigious Khojaly Peace Prize included MP Bob Blackman MP and Baroness Warsi, former Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Louisa explains the concept of her winning work (pictured) utilised colours from the Azerbaijan flag to show movement and mixing. She explains “I have captured the idea of refugees being free and welcome to seek safety in other countries. This ‘flow’ of paint shows the importance of free movement. Contrasting against this, faces of today’s refugee children from places such as Syria and Lebanon, who have benefited from being welcomed and accepted into other communities, remembering how vital this is to continue.” Louisa was awarded a £500 prize and her work will be displayed at the House of Parliament alongside all shortlisted entries.