News / 14 Jun 2024

Winners of the annual Student Sustainability Award 2024 announced

BA (Hons) Animation

BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Extended Diploma in Creative Practice

The winners of the University's annual Student Sustainability Award have been announced.

Since 2016, the Annual Student Sustainability Award has given Leeds Arts University students the opportunity to showcase work which addresses environmental, social and ethical issues.

As a signatory of the SDG Accord and in alignment to our Sustainability Framework, the Award prompts students to consider the relationship of their work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and articulate how their work may influence new ways of thinking or action on their chosen issue(s).

The 2023/24 award attracted a range of innovative and thought-provoking entries, highlighting a number of topical issues.

"This year's judging panel were particularly impressed with the quality of the selected pieces, the innovative thinking, careful consideration of resources and effective use of story-telling to communicate complex sustainability issues."

Claire Booth, Sustainability Manager, Leeds Arts University

For the Undergraduate category, there were three joint 1st prize winners:

  • Jollie Choo, BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art, 'First Bloom'

  • Annalena Ulvee, Kara Harvey-Hill, Sophia Vyaplova-Simon and Troy Wachira, BA (Hons) Animation, 'Go Fish'

  • Trinity Clark, Andrea Clark, Beth Hudson, Carolina Gonçalves, and Maha Alomar, BA (Hons) Animation, 'Forest Dwellers'

The panel had high praise for all three projects, unable to choose just one winner. They found the concept and illustrations of 'First Bloom' to be a highly effective way of exploring the complexities of intergenerational racism, whilst promoting greater understanding and social cohesion. They were also impressed with the high quality of animation and attention to detail in 'Go Fish' and felt that 'Forest Dwellers' was a gentle but effective exploration on the impact of fly-tipping, offering a solution of accountability.

The winners in the Further Education category were:

  • 1st prize: Hazel Dennis, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, 'How the Water Sustains Us'

  • Runner-up: Riley Tierney, Extended Diploma in Creative Practice, 'Can You See Me?'

The panel were very impressed with the innovative way that 'How the Water Sustains Us' combined consideration of connection and use of the environment/natural materials and intergenerational relationships in a specific locality. They felt 'Can you See Me?' demonstrated sustainable art in action through creative use of recycled elements to create impactful pieces.

First prize winners of each category win a cash prize of £200 each, and runner-ups win a cash prize of £100.

Sustainability Awards 2024

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