Alumna awarded top prize at Aon!

21 May 2018

BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Sian Rycroft was named ‘Most Promising’ at the Aon Community Art Awards, taking away the top prize of £5,000!

The awards were held at Aon’s global headquarters in London on 17 May. This is the second time in three years that a graduate from Leeds Arts University has taken the top prize.

On winning the award Sian said:-

“I am over the moon to have been chosen as the Aon Community Arts Award Winner 2017 and I honestly can't quite believe it… I never expected anything like this to happen, I just love making my artwork!

The experience with Aon has been brilliant. All of the artists involved get to have their work on show in Aon's global headquarters for a whole year, so that alone is a good experience. I’ve also had business mentoring which has been really valuable to me. I am so grateful to Aon for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I couldn't have got to this point without the help of all of the technicians, tutors and friends made at Leeds Arts University.”

Aon’s Art Committee selected pieces of work from Leeds Arts University and two other leading art schools, Glasgow School of Art and Manchester School of Art, to showcase in their client suite at their global headquarters in London.

Graduates selected from the University’s BA (Hons) Fine Art degree are Chlo ElizabethEve HindleJake MullinsJames TaylorLaura CoyneMolly GerardRoisin O'DonnellRose McMurray and Sian Rycroft.

Graduates selected from the University’s BA (Hons) Photography degree are Adele BaronAlexander MillerJennifer Donaldson and Melvin Leong.

As part of the awards evening a live auction of all of the graduates work took place. Full proceeds from the sales went to the graduates.

The award was presented to Sian by David Hardern, Chief Operating Officer of the Retirement and Investment Practice at Aon.

The judges for the award consisted of Petroc Sesti – a London based artist, Stella Ioannou – who specialises in the development and production of cultural projects, and Niamh White - an independent visual arts curator and consultant.

Read more about the awards and view all the selected work here

Listing Image by Chlo Elizabeth