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University of Leeds Announces 2016 Finalists for FUAM Graduate Art Prize

Art Exhibition: FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2016

3 August - 1 October 2016

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome.

Press Preview: Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 2-4pm

Now in its fourth year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2016. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the work of this year's 4 finalists, which will open on Tuesday, 2 August 2016.

The 'FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2016’ will be open Monday 1pm – 5pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Admission is FREE, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 1 October 2016. The overall winner selected from the 4 finalists will be announced on 28 September 2016.

India Pearce - Behind The Illusions - video installation, 2016

India Pearce, Behind the Illusions, video installation, 2016. © The Artist

Francesca Ivaldi - Greener Pastures Collection - mixed print media, 2016

Francesca Ivaldi, Greener Pastures Collection, mixed print media, 2016. © The Artist

Zoe James - Untitled - photographs on MDF, 2016

Zoe James, Untitled, photographs on MDF, 2016. © The Artist

Emii Alrai - Marshlands - mixed media, 2016.

Emii Alrai, Marshlands, mixed media, 2016. © The Artist


Degree shows at the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds took place around campus in June 2016. After visiting these, a panel of 3 judges from around the Yorkshire region selected 4 graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's increasingly prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2016.

This year's finalists are:

Zoe James (School of Design)

Francesca Ivaldi (School of Design)

Emii Alrai (School of Fine Art)

India Pearce (School of Fine Art)


The judging panel in 2016 comprises of Bryony Bond (Creative Director, The Tetley), Derek Horton (Curator and Co-Director, &Model) and Professor Frank Finlay (Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds).

The 4 finalists are already hard at work, collaborating with the Gallery team to create a group exhibition of their artwork, which will include painting, photography, video and sculpture. The exhibition will open to the public at a preview evening on Tuesday, 2 August 2016.

In September, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize. The 'Best in Show' graduating student artist of the year will receive £250. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 each to aid them in their developing career as artists. The prizes will be awarded by FUAM in an awards ceremony on 28 September 2016.


Installation view of FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2014 - (c) The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Installation view of FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2014. Image © The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

The FUAM Graduate Art Prize

Since 2013, the University has recognized the high level of artistic excellence of its undergraduate students, and shared their creativity with a wider audience through The FUAM Graduate Art Prize. The FUAM Graduate Art Prize is a highlight of the region’s art calendar: an opportunity to see the best new art of the year.

2013 Winner Akeelah Bertram's - Vase - Video installation, 2013
2013 Winner Akeelah Bertram's Vase, video installation, 2013. Image © The Artist.

Speaking about her involvement in the show, 2013 winner, Akeelah Bertram, described the experience as "a valuable opportunity to work with an experienced gallery team and see my work exhibited in a professional space. The prize also provided connections and funds for me to take my work forward, and encouraged me to keep making work after graduation." Akeelah has worked across Leeds and the UK since the 2013 exhibition - including recently at 'No Quiet Place' at the Tetley, Leeds - and was been included in the esteemed Catlin Guide.

Through this prize and exhibition, the University of Leeds seeks to encourage the professional development of its art students, and to showcase student artwork of the highest standard. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is working to deliver this exhibition in conjunction with the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Design, who are generously supporting the costs of the exhibition.

'Neither Here, Nor There' (2015) - Caroline Denby - 2015 FUAM Graduate Prize winner
'Neither Here, Nor There' (2015) by Caroline Denby, 2015 FUAM Gradute Prize winner © The Artist

The Prize itself is supported by the Friends of University Art and Music-Leeds (FUAM). This registered charity was established in 1989 to promote and support art and music at the University of Leeds. It promotes its charitable objectives by sponsoring concerts in the University’s public concert programme, by providing funds to purchase or assist in the purchase of works for the University Art Collection and by arranging a variety of activities and talks for members.