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Degree Show opens to the public

Attila Tuesday 31 May 2016

FACT (Foundation for Art and Technology), Arena Studios and Gallery, and The Bluecoat were among the organisations presenting awards to Fine and Applied Arts students at this year’s Degree Show.

Memory, social justice, abstraction, and the role of technology in public and private spaces were among the themes explored by this year’s artists.

BA Design student Attila Olah (pictured) was awarded The Bluecoat Display Centre Exhibition Award (awarded by Sam Rhodes) and the Sysco Training & Consultancy Purchase Prize. Attila specialises in ceramics and ice sculpture. Alongside his studies at Liverpool Hope, Attila has worked with Glacial Art to produce ice sculptures for global TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. After applying for a summer placement with world renowned ceramicist Claudi Casanovas, he was also offered a year-long apprenticeship opportunity with Casanovas in Catalonia. Attila returned to his studies at Liverpool Hope after his year out, using what he had learned about the mediums of both ice and ceramics to inform his work for his degree show, which includes ceramic bowls suspended in ice.

Attila's work explores the power of the vessel: over thousands of years, through association with birth, nourishment, ritual, celebration and death, the vessel has become deeply rooted in the human psyche. Attila explores the vessel as the archetypal symbol of the body through which the Self and that which is beyond the Self can be realised. As part of the Bluecoat Prize, some of Attila's work will go on display in the windows of The Bluecoat in September.  

Dr Mike Stubbs from FACT presented the FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency Award to Fine Art student Amy Worsley. Amy, who specialises in installation and sculpture, will receive funding for a two-month long residency and the production of a new body of work to be exhibited at FACT in November 2016 as part of the No Such Thing As Gravity exhibition, which seeks to engage the art and science worlds.

Amy's recent work is concerned with concepts of forgotten time and mundane days that the mind often discards. Her work captures moments that participants have recorded whilst wearing contact lenses, which have been preserved, embodying the recorded experience and simultaneously acting as signifier.

Stephanie Miello won this year’s Arena residency award. For the second year, Arena Studios and Gallery have offered a month long residency at their studio complex in the Baltic Triangle arts quarter, Liverpool, culminating in an exhibition by the student. Stephanie's work experiments with sculpture and installation, while spatial qualities are suggested by large three dimensional drawings. 

This year also saw the presentation of the first Prospect Award, initiated by Fine Art tutors Tony Smith and Lin Holland, which aims to recognise the talent of an emerging Fine Artist. The inaugural award was won by Anna Middleton.

Art in Liverpool's reviewer praised all of the artists and designers for their innovative uses of the Cornerstone Gallery space.

Prize winners

The Bluecoat Display Centre Exhibition Award (Awarded by Sam Rhodes):  Atilla Olah

Arena Studios and Gallery Residency (Awarded by Peter Appleton): Stephanie Miello

The Frank Award (Awarded by Janice Egerton): Casey Cain

Pete Cummings Award: Charlotte Fahey

FACT & Hope Production Residency (Awarded by Mike Stubbs): Amy Worsley

Vivian Garland Exhibition Prize (Presented by Vivian Garland): Faye Johnson

Prospect Purchase Prize (Presented by Lin Holland and Tony Smith): Anna Middleton

Liverpool Hope University Alumni Purchase Prize (Presented by Mike Hopper and Irene Slack): Ruby Maxwell

Sysco Training & Consultancy Purchase Prize (Presented by Professor Nick Rees): Atila Olah

Goldsmith’s Company Precious Metal Bursary (Presented by Professor Nick Rees): Naomi Dooley       

METAL Southend Residency Award (Presented by Nick Rees): Mel Saunders

The 2016 Liverpool Hope University degree show is open to the public until Monday 6th June, (10am - 5pm) in the Cornerstone Building at the University’s dedicated Creative Campus on Shaw Street. Free entry.

Guided tours are available between Tuesday 31st May and Friday 3rd June at 11am and 2pm. To book your tour please email

View a Flickr gallery of images from this year's Degree Show



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