Discover the freshest artistic talent from the University of Leeds in the annual FUAM Graduate Art Prize online exhibition. In its ninth year, the prize and exhibition, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM), rewards the artistic excellence of students completing BA studies in Art and Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is hosting a virtual exhibition, now live on Google Arts & Culture, showcasing the work of this year’s four finalists.

The finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges following submissions from recent graduates of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and School of Design at the University of Leeds.

The judging panel comprises Masud Khokhar (University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection), Holly Grange (Exhibitions Curator, Leeds Art Gallery) and Professor Ann Sumner (freelance art historian).

Read on to discover this year’s finalists:

Ibrahim Ince – BA Fine Art with History of Art

all that is left of you (laid out on a table). A collection of objects, such as Cypriot handicrafts, a love letter and a vintage gun, which have been 3D scanned. © Ibrahim Ince.

“Through dissecting my family’s repressed memories – often based on Cyprus’ violent internal conflict – I aim to find a catharsis in them; an artistic representation and resolution of deposited traumas.”

Ibrahim Ince

Natasha Evans – BA Art and Design

“My work aims to transcribe the normalisation of pornography whilst questioning whether the reformatting of the naked body would be considered as explicit with a need for censorship.”

Natasha Evans

Sidonie Knight – BA Fine Art

A Trace of Touch: Psoriasis, 2021. Scanning Electron Microscope image of a trace of my psoriatic touch. 5000× magnification. Digital image. 1800 × 1200 px. © Sidonie Knight.

“The skin is an organ, a living material, a membrane between the body and the external world. I explore the relationship between skin and touch, using my body as the starting point in my practice.”

Sidonie Knight

Michelle Muratori – BA Art and Design

“Co-Existence” sculptures, 2021, paper-mache, modroc, clay, branches and bark. © Michelle Muratori.

“By re-appropriating the structure and concept of the totem pole, I propose a contemporary review of ancient indigenous beliefs that included non-human beings in their kinship system.”

Michelle Muratori

Have your say and vote for your favourite artwork to win the People’s Choice.

In October, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize. The ‘Best in Show’ graduating student artist of the year will receive £250. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 to aid them in their developing career as artists. The prizes will be awarded by FUAM in an online awards ceremony in October.