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Fine Art and Design students win host of professional awards

art awards Tuesday 2 June 2015

Fine Art and Design students have been given the opportunity to take their first steps into the professional art world after their degrees, thanks to a range of awards sponsored by prestigious arts organisations.  

As well as the first ever FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency Award, which went to Anthony Hamlyn, nine other awards were presented to Fine Art and Design students on the opening night of the Liverpool Hope Fine Art and Design Degree Show.       

The Bluecoat Display centre Exhibition Award gives a Design student the opportunity for a solo show in the very public window space of the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool City Centre. Sam Rhodes from The Bluecoat selected Hollie Williams for this award.

This year’s show also saw the first Arena Studios and Gallery Residency Award, which was presented to Tony Dixon. Arena is an artist led co-operative that was established back in 1984. This award puts a Fine Art Student in the centre of the professional and well established independent arts organisation, providing free studio space and an opportunity to exhibit their work as a conclusion to their residency.

The first ever Pete Cummings Award was presented in memory of CAD Technician Pete Cummings, a member of Liverpool Hope staff who passed away recently. Pete’s daughter Charlotte presented the prize to Beth Hendrick (pictured). 

The Frank Award, given in memory of Frank Egerton, a former member of the Design staff, was this year awarded to Hannah Williams.

The Virgin First Class Lounge Exhibition Award is a unique award that allows students to present their work in a cabinet that the University has in Liverpool Lime Street's First Class Lounge. The students selected are a mix of Fine Art and Design students and it gives them the rare opportunity to present their work in a unique environment as people pass through Liverpool's very busy train station. This year’s award went to Rachel York, Stephanie Beattie, Jennifer McKenzie and Abbie Rider.

The European Opera Centre also gave their support for the second year, making two awards. The first is an educational Project Commission which will employ a Fine Art Student to work with the European Opera Centre in communicating what the Opera Centre does to children in local schools. This was won by Anthony Hamlyn.

The second is a commission for a Fine Art student to design a CD cover for one of Centre's international CD releases. This award was presented to Emma Boutet.

The Sysco Training Consultancy Purchase Prize is an annual prize that started in 2010. Selected works remain in Sysco’s private art collection, and this year’s winner was Beth Hendrick.

2015 was also the fourth year that The Liverpool Hope University Alumni Purchase Prize was awarded, which sees a selected piece of artwork remain in the University Art Collection and put on display on the University Corridors at Hope Park.  This was presented to Susan Hebson. 

The Liverpool Hope Art and Design Degree Show runs until June 5th at the Liverpool Hope Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, 10am-4pm each day.


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Department of Fine and Applied Arts and Liverpool Hope University

Photographs from this year's Degree Show

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