On Tuesday 8 August, 120 visitors braved the relentless rain to attend the opening reception of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2017.

After enjoying free refreshments in Parkinson Court, the hordes crowded into the exhibition space to marvel at the skill and innovation of Zoe Carlon, Olivia Loker, Miranda Jones and Lucy Davidson, the four finalists selected from the School of Design and School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to display their work from this year’s Graduate Shows.

In contrast to previous years where the Art Gallery team has had to build video rooms, install projectors, source headphones and attach TV monitors, the four finalists of 2017 have used media such as oil paint, digital photography and steel in their practice. The resulting exhibition is a mainly wall and plinth-based explosion of bold colour, geometric shapes, clever composition and intriguing ideas.

The finalists were selected in June 2017 by a panel of expert judges – Nathalie Levi, former curator of The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, David Salinger, the chair of FUAM (Leeds), and Jane Winfrey, the Picture Specialist for Bonhams.

The judges will return on Wednesday 27 September to announce the official winner in a prize-giving event, however, we’re encouraging all visitors to vote for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice Award. Simply pop into the Art Gallery, pick the artwork you like best and then fill out a ballot slip at the desk. Have your say!

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition runs until 4 November 2017.