Following an exhibition of 27 shortlisted artworks selected from the degree shows of final-year undergraduates of the University of Westminster and postgraduate students from the RCA, Travers Smith has now awarded prizes to three winning artists.
A panel of expert judges selected winners in two categories, one to an undergraduate from the University of Westminster, and the second to a postgraduate student from the RCA. Each winner was awarded a cash prize of £2,000. This year's judging panel included Louise Cattrell (a former Berwick Gymnasium fellow), Joanne Shurvell (a freelance arts writers and marketing consultant) and Marc Hagan-Guirey (a design director, author and paper artist).
The winners were announced by judges Louise Cattrell and Marc Hagen Guirey and Travers Smith CSR Partner Donald Lowe, at a reception in the firm’s London office on 9 May 2017.
Travers Smith’s Art Programme is principally designed to encourage and nurture final-year visual art undergraduates and postgraduates, and also assists with the transition from student life to professional practice.
In addition to showcasing and facilitating the sales of art students’ work and awarding cash prizes, the artists have also been offered a range of support including workshops on professional development and business skills and legal advice relating to their professional development as an artist.
This year's programme also includes a new dedicated space showcasing artwork which reflects two significant elements of Travers Smith's wider CSR work: supporting refugees and asylum seekers and promoting greater LGBT inclusion.
Travers Smith CSR Partner Donald Lowe commented: “Many congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Travers Smith Art Programme. We are delighted to have been able to support such a talented cohort of students from the University of Westminster and Royal College of Art. We have been very impressed by the commitment of the young artists and truly inspired by their beautiful and compelling artworks.
The Travers Smith Art Programme is an important and growing part of our CSR agenda and we are very proud of its continued success."
Professor Sarah Niblock, Associate Dean in the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, said: “The Travers Smith Art Programme is a tremendous initiative, and we are incredibly proud and honoured to be their selected partner. This prestigious opportunity provides emerging talent from Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design with significant public exposure as well as priceless practical support. Importantly, the project equips our graduating students with transferable skills to help them flourish professionally.”
Cover image: Part of Harry Martin's winning artwork Zkrys