BP Fine Art and Design Award Winners Announced

Degree Show Invite 2013The winners of this year’s BP Design Award and BP Fine Art Award will be presented with specially commissioned trophies and a cheque for £500 each this evening (14 June) at the opening night of Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2013, sponsored by BP for the tenth year.

Professor Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art said, “We are very grateful to BP for their continued support of the Degree Show. Their involvement provides an added dimension to the Show and gives great encouragement to the School’s graduating cohort of talent. Over the last decade the BP Awards for both Fine Art and Design have become acknowledged and highly cherished accolades representing creative excellence in any arena.”

The BP Design Award was won by Jessie White.  Jessie’s work focused on how people interact with clothing and specifically how they put clothes on.  Working with adults with learning difficulties she was inspired by the fact they sometimes “get it wrong” when dressing themselves.  This sparked an interest in how clothes could look if they were worn differently.  The result is a stunning collection of clothes which celebrate how interesting and elegant a garment can look when it is worn in a new way.

Professor Paul HarrisJessie, who will graduate in the summer with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design, will receive the BP Design Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

The BP Fine Art Award was won by Maggie Kelly.  Margaret’s work investigated the concept of the human self and specifically what lies beneath the skin.  Margaret used a range of body imaging technologies to understand the inner self including an ECG heart scan, an MRI scan undertaken at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, a photo of the back of her eye from an optician and a full body scan undertaken by research staff at RGU.  Amongst Margaret’s work was a stunning 3D representation of her brain which she produced from the output of the MRI scan.

Maggie, who will graduate in the summer with a BA (Hons) Photographic and Electronic Media, will receive the BP Fine Art Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

In addition to the main prizes Kate Fahey and Marina Burt were highly commended in the BP Fine Art category.  Vicky Shennan and Anastasija Soldatenko were also commended in the BP Design Award.  All four students will receive a cheque for £250.

Tim Smith, Vice President Communications & External Affairs, BP Scotland, said:”BP is delighted to be celebrating 10 years of sponsorship of the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show which is a much anticipated highlight in the North East cultural calendar.”

Over the years Gray’s Degree Show has become a firm favourite with the Aberdeen public, with a range of final year undergraduate projects spanning fashion and textiles, ceramics and jewellery, product design, graphics, digital media, visual communication, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and electronic media.

Professor Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art said, “BP’s support over the last ten years has seen the Degree Show become one of the hottest tickets in town, helping to bring a new audience to view and buy the students’ work.”

Visitors to the Degree Show will see an exhibition that reflects the very best of contemporary practice involving the integration of digital technologies alongside photography, animation, time-based and interactive media co-existing and complementing high quality work produced through the traditional studio processes that Gray’s is renowned for.

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2013, sponsored by BP, will be launched on Friday 14 June. The show will then be open to the public from 15 to 22 June (10-5pm throughout the weekend and from 10-8pm on weekdays) at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen.

Release by
Jenny Rush
Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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