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NUA graduate in the running for £30k prize

A Cromer-based and Norwich-taught artist has been selected for the an exhibition which puts her in the running for the most valuable prize for a single work of art offered in the UK.

The Threadneedle Prize for Painting & Sculpture, worth £30,000, is an international competition which showcases contemporary figurative and representational painting and sculpture. Bev Broadhead, a graduate of Norwich University of the Arts, has had her painting ‘Watch the birdie #1’ selected among 153 new and innovative works by young emerging artists from across the UK and Europe.

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Watch the birdie #1 by Bev Broadhead

The Threadneedle Prize attracted over 4,000 entries this year. Works were selected by a panel including sculptor Peter Randall-Page, National Gallery curator Christopher Riopelle and writer and curator Nicholas Usherwood. The competition is supported by the Mall Galleries in London, which will host the exhibition from 26 September to 13 October.

Bev completed the BA Fine Art degree course at Norwich University of the Arts in 2007, then returned to graduate with a Masters Degree in the subject last year. She exhibited work in NUA’s MA Degree Show last year, which sees the final works of all postgraduate students go on display to the public in NUA’s campus buildings on St Georges Street in Norwich. This year’s shows open to the public from 31 August – 4 September (10am-4pm, closed Sunday).

Bev says: “The painting is about looking and being looked at, composition in two dimensions, and part of a series of work using ‘the circle’ as a central motif. Obviously I’m very pleased to be selected for such a prestigious prize.”

Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts and Design at NUA, adds: “Bev joins the ranks of NUA graduates who have gone on to receive serious recognition as practising artists. During their studies at NUA students are provided with continuous guidance and support from tutors in preparing entries for competitions. By reaching the exhibition for the Threadneedle Prize Bev continues to make her name in the contemporary art scene. Fine Art at NUA is making a big impression this year with students and graduates also on the shortlists for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Young Masters Competition.”

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