Congratulations to Zoe Carlon winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize!

On the evening of 27 September we welcomed back judges Nathalie Levi, David Salinger and Jane Winfrey to announce the winner of the 5th FUAM Graduate Art Prize. The prize supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM), rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2017.

The exhibition has been a great hit with our gallery visitors. All four artists produced such high quality works we don’t know how the judges managed to come to a decision!

They chose Zoe Carlon’s paintings and charcoal drawings as the overall winner of the £250 prize. Zoe’s work comes from her observations of vacant, transitory spaces and is developed from her interest in the idea of the ‘non-place’. Zoe gave a presentation about her work to an intrigued audience. Everyone was fascinated to hear about her journey as an artist in the School of Fine Art here at the University. After Zoe’s talk everyone rushed back into the exhibition eager to see her work again.

FUAM Collage

Olivia Loker was announced as the ‘people’s choice’ winner for her collage works on popular culture – thank you to everyone who got involved with the vote!

This annual prize rewards the artistic excellence of students completing studies in the School of Design and in the School Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. The four exhibiting artists were selected by our expert panel of judges, based on their work at their undergraduate degree shows this June.

Artists Zoe Carlon (Fine Art), Lucy Davidson (Art and Design), Miranda Jones (Art and Design) and Olivia Loker (Fine Art) produced fantastic work and we wish them the very best of luck in their future careers. We’re sure they all have great success ahead of them!

Who are FUAM?

For those of you not already aware of the fantastic contribution made by FUAM (Friends of University Art and Music), they were established in 1989 to support The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the University’s Concert Series. Funds raised go towards purchasing artworks for the collection and supporting professional concerts.

Membership is open to all. FUAM members enjoy special preview talks for all Gallery exhibitions, as well a varied programme of lectures, recitals, visits and events, organised in connection to art and music.

Acquisitions made possible by FUAM’s incredible support include Some Travel Alone I (2011) by Pip Dickens, Octopus (2013) by Kim Diamond and An offshore scene in a stiff breeze (undated) by Thomas Rowlandson.

These works accompany the Graduate Art Prize Show on display until 4 November. There is still plenty of time to come along and see if you agree with our judges’ pick!