Students from the University Centre Grimsby’s BA Fine Art Practice programme have been showing off their talents, scooping prizes for their creative works in a number of regional and national competitions and exhibitions.
April Virgoe, Programme Leader for BA Fine Art Practice, said: “These students have had lots of successes recently at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, at the Ropewalk in Barton-upon-Humber and Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby. They are producing high quality work that is competing with other Artists and they are winning prizes and doing really well.”
“The thing that has been really impressive about this group is how they have really got their work out there and they have shown independence in applying for these exhibitions, even going outside of the region to do so.”
Some of the recent successes include Samantha Pool, Emily Connor and Jason Carlisle having work accepted into the Steel Rooms Open Exhibition in Brigg, for which Samantha has won the Best Print category. Emily Connor and Amie Andrews have had work accepted at the Electric Picture House’s Electric Open Exhibition in Congleton, Cheshire.
22-year-old Amie Andrews also recently won the Print Open at the Ropewalk and commented: “It’s amazing to have my work recognised, I’ve only ever entered two competitions and I’ve won a prize in both, which is just unbelievable.”
April continued: “Artists have to be motivated and independent at promoting themselves and getting their work seen. We make work to be seen by others and it’s all very well being in the studio and producing good work but if you never get it out there then it’s wasted. These students are making it happen very early in their careers and that is building their confidence and their CVs, which will help them get really good exhibitions in the future.”
Samantha Pool, who is currently studying for the Third Year, added:
“It’s all about having the confidence to put your work out there. You push yourself and develop so much over the three years and it’s great to find out what people think about your work and have them commenting on it.”