Students from BA (Hons) Fine Art were awarded ‘Best Collective’ for their group show ‘Once More with Feeling’ at the Free Range Awards 2017.
Free Range is the annual fine art showcase for emerging artists and creative graduates, providing them with a platform to exhibit beyond education. Each year, the recent graduates from BA (Hons) Fine Art have the opportunity to present their end of year show in an exhibition which attracts visitors including gallerists, curators and buyers all looking for the best new talent.
The Free Range Awards were introduced in 2016 to support emerging UK talent. A panel of industry experts selecting an individual winner, two runner’s up and the best collective.
Leeds Arts University students were selected as the best collective by a panel which included; Robert Dingle, Contemporary Projects Manager at Art Fund and Curator, Tristan Piggott, Artist, Amah-Rose Abrams, Arts Writer, Lydia Cowpertwait, Director of Dais Contemporary and Emily Steer from Elephant Magazine. In addition to important recognition of their achievement by industry, BA (Hons) Fine Art will receive an additional 500SQFT of space for their 2018 exhibition.
Further success came for recent graduate Laura Coyne, who was judged runner up at the awards. Working on a plywood canvas, Laura creates paintings which focus on the female form in the theme of everyday situations.