Leeds College of Art graduates impress Aon plc

22 August 2016

The creative talents of 13 final year graduates from Leeds College of Art have been spotted by leading global provider of risk management services, Aon plc.

Aon’s Art Committee selected pieces of art work from Leeds College of Art’s end of year show, to showcase in their client suite - viewed by clients, colleagues and visitors.

Graduates selected from the College’s BA (Hons) Fine Art degree are Molly Brocklehurst, Paige Cottam, Jairaj Lall, Charles Eden, Bertie Chapman and Hugo Samengo-Turner.

Graduates selected from the College’s BA (Hons) Photography degree are Laura Watkins, Will Kneeshaw, Jeremy Hugh O’Connor, James Cray, Ryan Egan and Sally Hornby.

You can see all of the graduates selected here.

Aon 2016 MollyMolly Brocklehurt, untitled. Oil on Calico.

All of the graduates will participate in Aon’s mentoring programme to assist with the transition from art school to the commercial art world. They will receive legal support, workshops and business mentoring throughout the year. In addition to this superb opportunity their work will be on exhibition for 12 months in Aon’s client suite offices at their headquarters in London.

The culmination of the 12 month programme will be an awards evening and auctioning of the their work. The Community Art Award, launched in August 2015, gives all of the graduates selected a chance of winning one of two prizes:

  • £5,000 Aon Community Art prize, judged by an independent panel, will be awarded to the most promising student.
  • £2,000 colleague prize voted for by Aon employees. 

Aon 2016 content PaigePaige Cottam, untitled. Oil on Canvas 

Last year seven Leeds College of Art fine art graduates were selected for the Aon Community Art programme, all selling their work at the awards evening on 24 May 2016. The prestigious Aon Community Art Prize (£5,000 cash prize for the most promising student) went to Leeds College of Art fine art graduate Steven Ellis! – read all about it here