Here you will find winners of prizes, awards and scholarships awarded to Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) students.
Year three BA (Hons) Architecture student Isaac Read, was awarded the RIBA East Student Award 2017 for his project ‘What defines ‘a divide’ – a physical wall or an intangible barrier?’. Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design & Architecture, NUA commented on Isaac’s project “Isaac’s proposal challenges our idea of the wall. He deconstructs the values we place on a simple architectural form and, by subverting its programme, the ‘Life Line’ demonstrates how architecture can be used to question our contemporary social and political constructs.” The Royal Institute of British Architects annual East Awards celebrates and rewards outstanding architectural students in the East of the Region. Pictured is the Chair of RIBA East, Nicholas Tye presenting Isaac with the award.
Eight first year and MA students have been awarded international scholarships for 2017/18 entry. The scholarships have been awarded on the basis of academic merit and to students who demonstrated a standard of excellence at their interview with their current portfolio of work and their creative potential and enthusiasm for their chosen course of study. All scholarships have been awarded against tuition fees which make a significant contribution to the cost for international students studying in the UK.
BA (Hons) Illustration students Gabrielle Minas, Kaelin O’Hare and Kirsty O’Rourke won the Richardson Brown Travel Prize for 2016/17 for showing excellence in their studies. The prize awards a travel bursary of £400, giving the trio the opportunity to visit Keswick to enhance their creative practice. The judges, Professor Hilary Carlisle (Dean of Design and Architecture) and Professor Richard Sawdon-Smith (Dean of Arts and Media) commented: “We are clearly in agreement that Gabrielle, Kirsty and Kaelin demonstrated a true collaboration in their practice and clearly demonstrated the benefit of the award to their individual projects and collaborative practice.”
BA (Hons) Architecture year three student Daniel Walford was awarded the LSI Architects Drawing Prize 2016/17. Rupert Kitchen, Partner at LSI Architects said “LSI are once again thrilled to be part of the judging process for NUA Degree Show at the School of Architecture. The quality of work produced by the students is both encouraging and inspiring. The final drawings by the three shortlisted students all show a great sense of ambition and creativity, with three very different yet successful approaches to illustrating their ideas. In the end we felt that Daniel’s two perspective images were the winners, capturing the imaginations of all of the judges. We felt that the graphic, film noir visual style was innovative and hugely engaging. They also reminded us of 1930s travel posters, with their promise of adventure and excitement. Their strong visual quality drew us in to the story of the building, with more subtle details revealed at every viewing. They summarised the purpose and thinking behind the building design successfully, and led us to pick Daniel as the worthy winner of the LSI Drawing Award”.
Year three BA (Hons) Architecture student Isaac Read was awarded the Hamson Barron Smith Architects Awards for Sustainable Design 2016/17. Jon Greenfield, Director of Architecture at Hamson Barron Smith said “Two aspects of Issac Read’s project impressed the judges; the social aspect, of searching for new ways of living that are more in tune with the planet’s resources, and the physical aspect, literally the physics of the proposed building fabric. We could see that Issac was thinking about orientation, and the related concerns of solar gain and shading, as well as the physical properties of different materials. Using mass concrete, masonry and glass had stimulated him to think about the heating, cooling, insulating and re-radiating properties of the building fabric he was proposing”.
Year Three BA (Hons) Fine Art students Lindsay Jolly and Yasmin Sartin were joint winners of the 2016-17 Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art. Both students were thrilled to have been awarded the prize, and will both receive £300.
Mr. Brian Davey, judging the award said “This year like many others before it, the Jennifer Davey Award has been difficult to make. There were a rewarding number of applicants who all made a very good presentation of their work and I would like to thank them all for making the effort to apply. Unfortunately, not all can be winners and so the decision was made to select, like last year, two people whose work and outlook was considered to be more in keeping with the interests of my late wife. Both Lindsay and Yasmin demonstrated the qualities I thought important and provided an ability to answer questions in an appropriate way. Yasmin stood out as being a very talented artist producing some very striking work but was also open to constructive criticism, which I felt would make her become a better artist in the future. Her confident ability to describe her motivation I considered a very positive advantage. Lindsay demonstrated a gift for invention and experimentation that encompassed many mediums. Her resulting work was sympathetically assessed and reflected a wider appreciation for the materials used”.
Andrea Radford, third year BA (Hons) Architecture student was awarded first place in the 2016/17 Feilden+Mawson scholarship award, and will receive £1500 to assist her in her final studies at NUA. Second place was awarded to Isaac Read, third year BA (Hons) Architecture student, who will receive £500.
As part of the selection process, each candidate were required to present their final year project to the judging panel consisting of Philip Bodie and Stuart Jones, both partners at Feilden+Mawson, alongside Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design & Architecture. The judges thought that “Andrea’s premise and idea was a powerful one that seemed unique and appropriate to the cultural friction in Belfast. We liked the idea of supporting the maternal influence and thought it was an insightful approach”. The judges said “Isaac’s subject matter, one that sought to provide accommodation in a bid to normalise homelessness was a very interesting one. It was clear that Isaac will try to ensure that the building does not become just another shelter which may create a ghetto or no go area in a city which is already not short on these”.
The judging panel were impressed with all candidates, and said “We were genuinely impressed with the overall quality of the work presented and the confidence displayed by all candidates. It is also an encouraging sign that the next generation of architects are starting on a firm footing”.
Jessica Burgess, MA Fine Art and Amy Ollett, MA Fashion were awarded the first Dubery and Brogden postgraduate scholarships for 2016/17 and will each receive £2,500 for their year of postgraduate studies at NUA. Amanda Geitner (Director of EAAF) who judged the scholarship said: “We were fascinated by Jessica Burgess’ work and felt that her interest in representational painting, the figure and still life, had a connection to Fred Dubery’s work. Amy Ollett has worked with dance to make garments for performance. Her application grabbed our attention with her interest in the sculptural potential of fabric, and her fascination with the relationship of the fabric to the dancer’s body and movement.”
Both students were delighted to receive the scholarship, Jessica Burgess said “I feel extremely honoured and appreciative to have had my practice as a painter recognized by East Anglia Art Fund, the award has already helped in supporting my studies on the MA course” Amy Ollett said “I have never felt more welcome at NUA and receiving this scholarship award was overwhelming as the support and recognition I am receiving continues”.
Jack Fenn, year one BA (Hons) Fashion student and Ellen Harling , year one BA (Hons) Illustration student were also winners of the first Dubery and Brogden Undergraduate scholarship, and will receive £2,500 for each of their three years of studies at NUA.The judges were impressed with Jacks’ enormously enthusiastic statement, and said that his comments about travel, exhibitions and artists reveal a lively curiosity and passion for the visual arts. The judges were interested in the breadth of Ellen’s interests, spanning a range of artists and writers, including medieval religious art, and her experiments with a range of techniques and media, from photography to print-making and textiles.
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Year three Graphic Design student, Sophie Taylor has been awarded the Chaos Imago Award, an award supported by Chaos Design Company and selected by their MD, NUA Graphic Design Alumni, Peter Campbell. The prize recognizes committed and dedicated students who have created exemplary work. Sophie was awarded a prize of £1,000 to put towards her studies at NUA.
Peter explained, ‘Sophie’s work, ambition, creativity and personality most suited Chaos, and a deciding factor along with this was the affect the financial award would have towards her completing her final year studies. She is clearly hard working and I really recognised and appreciated those attributes and it’s good to know the award will help her along her way to some extent’. Peter had great praise for the other shortlisted entries, he said, ‘All those shortlisted in particular were impressive in different ways and with all these things it’s a shame only one person is the winner’. After the win Sophie and Peter worked collectively on a Logo design for the Award (pictured) which will be given annually to a successful Graphic Design student.
NUA has extended the financial support it offers to students by funding three new international scholarships. The scholarships have been awarded on the basis of academic merit and to students who demonstrated a standard of excellence at their interview with their current portfolio of work and their creative potential and enthusiasm for their chosen course of study. American student Natalie Sowa, Year 1 Design for Publishing, received the top scholarship of £5,000. On receiving her award she commented: “Without the scholarship I would have struggled to cover the cost of my tuition fees and been unable to accept my place at NUA. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received.” Adrian Lim from Malaysia, Year 1 Graphic Design, received £2,000 and MA Fashion student Naomi Wambugu from Kenya received the N170 International Postgraduate Scholarship of £2,000. All scholarships have been awarded against tuition fees which make a significant contribution to the cost for international students studying in the UK.