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Bishop of Norwich to reward student artists

Final year students at Norwich University of the Arts have been invited to submit works of art for the Bishop’s Art Prize – an annual student art competition supported by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James.

Vice-Chancellor John Last, Bishop of Norwich and artist Susan Gunn

Vice-Chancellor John Last, Bishop of Norwich and artist Susan Gunn

Students are encouraged to consider submitting two or three dimensional pieces, including those that incorporate digitally created or moving images. This year’s theme is ‘Life Journeys’, inspired by a quote by the 17th century American writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The judging panel – which will consist of the Bishop, NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last and NUA alumnus and practicing artist Susan Gunn – will select a shortlist of pieces which will be publicly displayed through an exhibition in St Peter Hungate Church on Elm Hill from 7th to 11th June. The winner and two runners up will be announced in a reception on 6th June, with a cash prize of £1,000 going to the winner and £500 and £250 to second and third places respectively.

Bishop Graham says: “I’m keen to encourage the talented students at NUA to explore our rich spiritual heritage. The Church continues to commission art, and the various dimensions of faith have inspired artists in every age, including our own. I’m delighted about the quality of entries for the Art Prize this year.”

NUA Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Last, adds: “We are incredibly grateful to the Bishop for his support, as we are to the friends of NUA that have such a positive impact on the student experience by providing prizes, scholarships and bursaries.”

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