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2011

Mixed Media Winner Michal Cole's piece 'Father, Son and Holy Spirit'

THE WINNERS

CAROLINA PITEIRA | PAINTING WINNER

"I'm exploring the portraiture and its own rules. I chose the Queen since she is one of the most important symbolic figures.

I want to show that, the Queen, being a minor cultural symbol remaining from a system from the 5th century and ´chosen by God´, can be represented just like anybody else."

 

PATRICK COLHOUN | SCULPTURE WINNER

"I strive to be unique, my work will divide opinion. It is strong and masculine, certain pieces animal like. It touches on subjects like sexual deviancy, containment, aggression with hints of religious symbolism, making distasteful subjects into attractive physical forms. It is inspired by death and decay, and amongst other things, growing up in Belfast during the ‘Troubles’."

MARIA KJARTANS | PHOTOGRAPHY WINNER 

"I cast my gaze to what I have left behind, it's my land. It appears to be the same place where I began. For me, Iceland is always seductive and there is a nostalgia to the aesthetic appreciation of the landscape. I also think that at times, landscape photography can express metaphors for the changing human condition."

MICHAL COLE | MIXED MEDIA WINNER

'In the Name of The Father, The Son and The Holyspirit’ is an ambitious project that has seen Cole cutting her bank notes into her recurrent, distinctly Christian symbols including roses, butterflies, skulls, crosses and Putti and mounting them in hand-made frames that mimic the design of Gothic ‘rose’ stained-glass windows.

THE JUDGES

ELINOR OLISA & ISOBEL BEAUCHAMP | GALLERY FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS

Founders and Directors of DegreeArt.com an online site as well as an established gallery on Vyner St, representing over 200 emerging Artists all over the world.

 

FIONA BARRATT | INTERIOR DESIGNER

Founder of Fiona Barratt interiors a successful Interior Design studio.Fiona Barratt interiors works on high end residential and commercial projects in the UK, Europe and America.

JENNIFER FRANCIS | HEAD OF PRESS AND MARKETING FOR RAA

Jennifer Francis is the Head of Press and Marketing for the Royal Academy of Arts. She has held numerous roles in marketing communications and specializes in Art, Creative industries, Broadcasting and Tourism.

FIONA HAGGERTY | CURATOR

Independent Curator and Freelance Art Writer. Fiona has worked with the New Contemporaries as a Curatorial Research Assistant, as well as independent curator. Contributing to esteemed Art Journals, magazines, and websites. Currently, Fiona is Art Correspondent for the online Culture blog Fox & Squirrel and is curating an exhibition of drawings by the artist Ian Bruce.

EMMANUEL BALOGUN | ANTHROPOLOGIST

Emmanuel is currently an anthropology undergrad at Goldsmiths University enthused by creatives in the realms of Art and Fashion. Emmanuel is currently the Marketing, Communications, and Events assistant at the Haunch of Venison as well as a freelance fashion stylist.

CHLOE LAWRENCE | SPECIALIST: ART HISTORY

Chloe Lawrence has BA honours in Art History and Museum Studies from Liverpool John Moores University as well as her MA from Manchester in Art History University and is DegreeArt.com's Gallery Assistant.

JORDAN AMBLER | SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE

Jordan Ambler is the Manager of Cowling & Wilcox Shoreditch. She has studied at BCUC and Sheffield Hallam, and working with mixed media and text, Jordan has exhibited nationally. She is a proclaimed wine connoisseur turned paper geek.

RYAN LANJI | CURATOR

With a background in Film Production and Event Management, Ryan is Creative and Digital Relations for DegreeArt.com as well as an Independent Curator in the sectors of Art, Fashion, Film and Events.