The Graduate Art Prize was established in 2013 by ARTIQ and Herbert Smith Freehills. This year they shortlisted 22 artists from 100s of UK wide applicants.
Two MA Fine Art Digital students were shortlisted, Janet Waring Rago and Betty Leung.
The winner was announced at the opening of the exhibition at Herbert Smith Freehills offices in central London on Thursday 7 November…
and the winner is…
Betty wins £2000, a £500 art materials voucher from Great Art and 10 hours of specialist mentoring from ARTIQ.
Betty uses an AI (artificial intelligence) tool to combine two images, creating a third image which is printed onto fabric shapes. She is interested in exploring the interconnected themes of human behaviour, personality traits and the story of the self.
Betty is the second winner of this award from MA Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Arts after Clara Durán won in 2015.
The other MA Fine Art Digital graduate shortlisted, Janet Waring Rago had 2 of her large oil paintings selected:
Huge congratulations to both Betty and Janet.
Despite this and other great successes of this course, sadly the powers that be have decided to close MA Fine Art Digital. Uniquely this course is delivered in both a traditional studio setting and online with students living anywhere in the world. This is the longest running online course at the University of the Arts London having started in 2004, that’s before youtube even existed!
The Contemporary Arts Society and Aspen Insurance run an annual competition for a £5000 commission. MA Fine Art Digital students were amongst 8 people shortlisted, Jack Addis and the art collective ‘su_’ which is a partnership between Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa. All 3 are current MA Fine Art Digital 1st year students.
On the 18 June 2015 at Aspen Insurance’s head quarters Virginia and Blanca were announced as the winners! You can read more about their proposal here.
Ben Vickers — Curator of Digital at Serpentine Galleries and one of the judges said, ‘I am delighted to have been involved in awarding su_ this year’s prize. Their work has a vitality and sensitivity to context that is rarely seen in younger artists, together they bring an energetic and thoughtful dynamism that I am compelled to follow into the future.’