Staffordshire Graduate announced winner of regional art prize

"Given that we were up against some of our main competitors in the delivery of Fine Art in the region, this was a fantastic night for the reputation of our Fine Art course at Staffordshire University and its graduates!"

Dr Sarah Key, Award Leader Fine Art

March 26, 2014: Staffordshire University fine art graduate Ali Reed has been named the overall winner of New Art West Midlands.

The coveted award comes with a £1000 cash prize and the chance to undertake a residency at A3 Project Space in Digbeth, leading to a solo exhibition in the future.

Ali impressed the judges with her site-specific installation at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. By using materials such as tape, geometric blocks, stacks of laser-cut wood and card, as well as wall drawings, Ali has created visual effects which appear to manipulate the shape of the building in which her artwork is situated.

A Turning Point West Midlands initiative, New Art West Midlands exhibits the work of 24 artists, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses.

Fellow Staffordshire University fine art graduate Sikhander Pervez was also among the five artist prizewinners selected and announced at a ceremony at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham. He was awarded the New Art Gallery Walsall Prize.

Award leader for fine art, Dr Sarah Key said: "We have six 2013 art graduates in the exhibition. Given that we were up against some of our main competitors in the delivery of Fine Art in the region, this was a fantastic night for the reputation of our Fine Art course at Staffordshire University and its graduates!

"The multi-sited exhibition showcases the work of some of the best emerging artists, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years:  Last year it attracted 50,000 visitors."

Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands, commented: "Now in its second year, New Art West Midlands is going from strength to strength. The prizes awarded will place the five artists in respected galleries and help to boost their careers as they work with curators to develop their work and make new contacts.

She added: "The West Midlands region has a varied and interested art scene of which its graduates form a very strong part. New Art West Midlands provides a much needed focus on the talented artists coming through our Art Schools as well as on new work being produced in the region."

New Art West Midlands continues at; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery,until 18 May 2014; The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, until 27 April 2014 and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, until 10 May 2014.

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