Announcement of BP Fine Art and Design Awards Launches Gray’s Degree Show 2012

The winners of this year’s BP Design Award and BP Fine Art Award will be presented with specially commissioned trophies and a cheque for £500 each this evening (15 June) at the opening night of Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2012, sponsored by BP for the ninth year. 

Tim Smith, BP’s Vice President of Communications & External Affairs said, “BP is delighted to continue our support of Gray's Degree Show to help showcase new talent and to reinforce the growing reputation for excellence in the arts in the North-east of Scotland.  In the nine years that BP has been involved with Gray’s Degree Show we have been continually impressed by the standard of the students’ work.  This year has been no exception and choosing the winners was very difficult.  The breadth of originality and creativity exhibited at the Show is of great credit to Gray’s.”

The BP Fine Art Award was won by printmaking student Amy Gear (22) from Shetland.  Amy has created a series of large-scale prints inspired by the traditional languages and customs of her native Shetland. The judges were particularly impressed by Amy’s work which also aims to preserve elements of the islands culture including poetry and folklore for future generations.

Amy, who will graduate in the summer with a BA (Hons) in Printmaking, will receive the BP Fine Art Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

The BP Design Award was won by design for digital media student Petia Koleva (32) originally from Bulgaria now living in Aberdeen. Petia has worked with various charities looking at engaging ways to communicate important social messages concerning hunger, poverty and water shortages in third-world countries to the public. The judges were particularly impressed with the moral message of Petia’s work which stems from her belief in the responsibility of designers to make a real difference in the world.

Petia, who will graduate in the summer with a BA (Hons) in Design for Digital Media, will receive the BP Design Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

In addition to the main prizes Kirsty Macleod from Aberdeen came highly commended in the BP Fine Art category for her sculpture work. Callum Fisher and Sarah Wilmott both of Aberdeen were also commended in the BP Design Award. All three students will receive a cheque for £250.

Professor Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art said, “BP’s continued support of the Show emphasises the very important synergy that exists between art, design and industry, and the world beyond art school. This underlines Gray’s ambition to be the Professional Art School driving and supporting the region’s creative industries at an international standard.

“The creative energy of Gray's students means that they are continually pushing the boundaries and visitors to the Degree Show will see an exhibition that reflects the very best of contemporary practice and traditional studio processes that the School is renowned for."

 Notes to Editors:

There will be an opportunity to photograph and interview Trevor Garlick, BP’s Regional President of North Sea, presenting the winning and commended students with their awards in front of their work at 4.30pm on Friday 15 June at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee.

The BP Design Award trophy was produced by local Elgin artist Graeme Findlay, a graduate of Gray’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.  The BP Fine Art Award trophy was designed by Gordon Burnett, a lecturer at Gray’s School of Art.  Both trophies were specially commissioned by BP.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
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