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Bishop’s Art Prize 2012 winner announced

Norwich University of the Arts announced the winner of the Bishop’s Art Prize 2012 at a special ceremony held on Monday 18th June at Norwich Cathedral.

Richenda Riches from the MA Fine Art course at NUA was announced the winner of the prize for her piece, titled ‘A Prayer to Martha’ which is inspired by the Bible story told in Luke 10:38-42. The piece comprises of a cast of her hands in prayer draped in a tea towel featuring images of women working in her local parish churches which were hand drawn then digitally printed on to the fabric.

Bishops Art Prize Winner with runners up and judgeing panel

L-R: Susan Gunn, Kate Hyman, The Rt Revd Graham James, Richenda Riches, Professor John Last and Hannah Scott

Second prize was awarded to Kate Hyman, BA Fine Art, for her piece titled ‘angels’ and third prize was awarded to Hannah Scott, MA Fine Art, for her video installation titled ‘What dreams may come’.

The winning work responds to a brief set by the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, which this year was “I have a dream…” the inspirational quote by Dr Martin Luther King and allowed students the freedom to respond in a spiritual or religious way.

In total, 25 students were shortlisted for the prize and all entries are on show in a public exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, which opened today, Tuesday 19th June 2012. The winner was selected by a judging panel comprising of the Bishop of Norwich, Professor John Last, NUA Vice-Chancellor, artist and NUA graduate, Susan Gunn and Course Leader for Fine Art, Carl Rowe.

Professor John Last commented: “I am delighted to continue the prize with the support of the Bishop of Norwich and I thank him and our other generous supporters who offer prizes and awards to our students. This is the largest exhibition we have held for the Bishop’s Art Prize which reflects the high standard of entries by students from our arts, design and media courses at NUA.”

The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 19th June – Thursday 28th June 2012. Opening times: Daily 9.30am – 4.30pm except Sunday 12 noon – 3.00pm.

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