BP award winners announced as Gray’s Degree Show gets underway

One of the north-east’s most exciting cultural events will got underway on Friday the presentation of the annual BP Fine Art and Design Awards.

Degree show winnersThe Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, a highlight of Aberdeen’s cultural calendar, has been sponsored by BP for the fourteenth year and will showcase work by more than 150 graduating students spanning a variety of disciplines, including painting, 3D design, contemporary art practice, fashion and textiles, and communication design.

The 2017 BP Design Award was won by 3D Design student Robert Hunter.

Robert will receive the specially commissioned BP Design Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

The BP Fine Art Award was won by Contemporary Art Practice student Aiden Milligan.

Aiden will receive the BP Fine Art Award trophy together with a cheque for £500.

In addition to the main prizes, Sophie Schneeberger and Jean Oberlander were highly commended in the BP Design Award category, while David Rae and Paula Buskevica were highly commended in the BP Fine Art category. All students will receive a cheque for £250.

Tim Smith, Vice President Communications and External Affairs for BP North Sea, said: “BP has a long and proud history supporting RGU and the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show.

“Our programme of support for the arts adds to the region’s rich cultural diversity and we are delighted to be sponsoring this popular event once again.

“The Degree Show is a real highlight in Aberdeen’s arts and culture calendar, showcasing the very best talent among graduating students. BP would like to congratulate all students involved in the show and we wish them the very best for the future.”

Professor Chris O’Neil, Head of Gray’s School of Art, said: “Once again we have an extremely rich show planned which will showcase the hard work, creativity and commitment of our artists and designers here at Gray’s.

“The Degree Show is a fantastic celebration of the work of the students, and plays an important role in contributing towards Aberdeen’s varied and continuously developing cultural offering.”

He added: “We are very grateful to BP for its support over the years in helping make the Degree Show into the wonderful occasion that it is. The BP Awards for both Fine Art and Design are a great opportunity for our students and really help recognise and encourage emerging talent in the north-east.”

The 2017 Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP, will open to the public at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee campus on Saturday, June 17 and will run until Saturday, June 24. Entry is free and opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm; weekends 10am to 5pm.


Release by Rob Smith
Communications Officer | Design and Technology
Press and Media Enquiries