- 19 July 2022
- 9 minutes
“In addition to our end of year showcase, the plethora of awards and prizes given out across the School of Arts and Humanities is a fantastic way to acknowledge the outstanding work of our student community as they graduate. We’re very grateful to the wide range of external partners who grant these annual awards. A huge congratulations to all our winners.”Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
Ceramics and Glass
Royal Over-Seas League Award
Sogon's work explores geoscience and elements of space, such as celestial bodies, the aurora borealis and the topography of the earth, through glass work. By exploring the phenomena of material, Sogon allows the material itself to create its own narrative which opens up diverse interpretations from viewers.
Critics Circle Prize
Originally from Brazil, Elizabeth specialises in hand building and slip casting. Her subtle minimalist sculptures express a personal story with feelings and emotions formed in childhood. Currently working with porcelain and Parian clay, for their elegance, purity of colour and natural sheen, she is committed to the quality of the finish, which can be seen through the smoothness of the surfaces she makes.
R.J Washington Bursary Award
Zoe's clay sculpted works are metaphors for our complexity, both mentally and physically, reflecting moments of instability, but also the beauty in our fallibilities. Her intention is to convey wonder, suggesting both a contemplative stillness and a vibrant anarchy. Through her work with clay she seeks to take risks to explore its capacities and limits and, in turn, her own.
Contemporary Art Practice
RCA/CAP and Chelsea + Westminster NHS Trust CW+ Relax Digital Commission
Julie Dusuel is a French artist whose work engages with erotism and desire, social justice and ecology, from an intersectional and queer feminist perspective. Using writing, moving-image, extended reality, sculpture, and sonic materials they imagine ways to step away from the dominant gaze and the anthropocentric experience, breaking through different layers of reality.
Loretta is a London born artist who describes herself as a mother, feminist, artist, actress, comedienne, writer, ceramic expert and poet. Her graduate work moves between sculpture, performance, photography and ceramics, exploring personal identity with both humour and sincerity.
Lianhua Zhang is an artist from China whose work focuses on memory, identity and experiences through photography, moving images and documentaries, which explore the tragedies and absurdities of contemporary society. Through the arrangement and rearrangement of objects Lianhua explores the absence of experience, the dislocation of discourse and the blurring of their own positioning.
Jewellery & Metal
Graham Hughes Award
Zofia is a Polish-born artist whose work explores the space where technology becomes magical to most of us, offering us a play of the constantly shifting perceptions and deceptions we learn to grapple with as we navigate through life today. Her objects are anchored in a vague historical context, addressing a pre-empirical understanding of matter by tackling the inaccessibility of the in-between.
During her time at the RCA Kexin has worked with houseplants, AI algorithms, and the bacteria living in her body, pushing what our understanding of an art practice situated within a Jewellery and Metal programme can be. For her graduate project Kexin has produced a record split into four tracks, each corresponding to a different site on her body where bacteria was sampled.
Armourers and Brasiers Award
Hannah Rhian Davies
Hannah is a jeweller who juxtaposes the futuristic with the traditional to support narratives surrounding the way identity is interwoven through the materials of the landscape and the self, specifically the landscape surrounding the farm in Wales where she grew up. Hannah views jewellery as an extension of the mind and body, objects projected onto a body as part of a two-way relationship.
Valerie Beston Prize
Emma is a British artist with Ghanaian and Vincentian heritage whose graduate paintings depict familiar aspects of her Caribbean domestic life through a focus on interiors and moods. The paintings are expanded through physical elements within the space intertwining with viewers as the partially defined figures and objects float freely through the space they inhabit.
Albano is a Spanish artist who works with the aesthetics that meat generates as a commodity, based on his experience growing up in the Ávila region of Spain where meat consumption is a great part of the culture. With a special emphasis on processed meat and the simulacrum of fake meat, Albano focuses on how commodification modifies the perception of matter.
Travers Smith Award
Anna Blom is a Swedish born artist who works in an interdisciplinary manner combining painting, drawing, sound, words and found objects in arrangements of a continuous narrative in a diaristic archival methodology. By studying the nuances of isolated mundane moments she discovers the overlooked emotions and unseen objects that occupy our meticulously assembled environment.
Metro Imaging Mentorship Award
Katrine is a Danish multidisciplinary artist engaged with concepts of deconstruction, repair through experimentation with textiles. Their graduate project, 'The Hungry Eye (a deconstruction)', questions the ways in which we experience and engage with the constant flow of images existing within today’s society using imagery sourced from both personal and found archives to depict both the human and the non-human.
Ariel Hacohen is a visual artist from Jerusalem who experiments with a variety of photographic approaches. Inspired by imagery of Jewish fencing clubs in early 20th century Europe, 'The Jewish Fencing Club' re-enacts and appropriates elements from these clubs, intertwining racial anthropology, impotent masculinity, Jewish-nationalism, homoeroticism, and the graceful sport of fencing.
Artful Dodger Lab Award
Fernanda Liberti is a Brazilian artist working with photography and video. Their graduate photo series is about the Tupinambá cape, a feather ornament that was made and used by native Brazilians until the 15th century. Their images resulted from encounters and collaboration with indigenous artist, Glicéria Tupinambá and one of the last Tupinambá communities in Brazil.
Lucas Bullens is a Swiss born artist and designer specialising in photography. Interested in ideas of the 'soul’ and transmigration, Lucas’ practice revolves around exploring the transcendental. Using the camera as an instrument, he seeks to extract the immaterial buried within the material, inspired by the natural world and the boundlessness of the universe.
Labyrinth Lab Mentorship Award
Isabelle's graduate project, The Sea Rising, explores the ongoing endeavour to shape, control and preserve the Venetian Lagoon, Italy. Their work focuses on details which say much more than wide shots, not speaking of the whole but bowing down before quieter moments. These photographs, akin to the narrator, may appear to be all knowing but they are evidently not all telling.
Originally from China, Guanling photographs landscape, portrait and still life in an attempt to trace humanity's lost paradise and explore the romantic and fickle relationship between people, space, and herself. By focusing her gaze on people, objects and landscapes she captures traces of life. Her graduate project combines two photo series which explore loss and connection.
Shadow Labs Mentorship Award
German artist Julia Albrecht examines the link between sociological and gender-scientific research, intensively preoccupied with personal experiences. Through the camera, she vividly tries to reach the mind and explore the depths of life and its emotions. Her focus points oscillate between pain and joy, letting life in and having it taken away again.
Thomas is a visual artist working with photographic processes, exploring colour and abstraction to question what is defined as a photograph in the modern day. His processes aim to create discord within the traditional photographic processes, taking inspiration from previous artistic movements and most importantly jazz, to create a method of spontaneity directly related to the materials which result in unpredictable images that are dislocated from the tangible world.
SW Darkroom Residencies and Mentorship Award
Alice is a research-driven visual artist and writer whose practice focuses on our relationships to our surrounding natural landscape, and within a contemporary feminist discourse, provides a retelling of the deeply intimate connections between human and non-human nature. In an ongoing lyrical exploration into the relationship between ancient landscapes and photography's materiality, Alice unveils the natural cycles and suppressed narratives by visualising the rituals of the female body.
Inspired by childhood memories of exploring Jutland in Denmark as a boy, Jokob questions landscapes through etching and photography. How does the meaning of nature unfold today? Is it fenced-up private gardens in central London? A forest designed for easy hunting and fast production of wood? For animals? Jakob explores these ever-changing, ever old, ever new questions through his practice.
New Photography Prize
Chinese born Zhiyun focuses on the current status of art in society from the perspective of post-conceptual art. Their graduate project deconstructs visual ideology, using Photoshop to erase all the figures in a reproduction of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco and replacing them with nude images of the artist, replicating every posture of the figures in the original painting.
Hsueh-Hung is a visual artist from Taipei exploring the notion of the container. With a particular interest in photographic representation and its limitations, he utilizes various image-making processes and modes of presentation, from traditional to specialised industrial methods, as a critical response. Through the process of image-making, the context embedded within the subjects are brought back to the surface of appearance.
Francesca is a German-American visual artist working with photography and video. Interested in identity, she draws from her experience as the daughter of German immigrants in the United States to explore familial intimacy and generational trauma. Heavily influenced by the concept of photo-therapy, Francesca often utilizes self-portraiture to untangle her sense of self.
An Su is a visual artist mainly working with photography, film and text. Born in a small town surrounded by mountains in southwest China, her work explores a transcendental perception of nature with mysterious imagination, constantly dissolved in her works. Her research explores nature, feminism, postmemory and disease, using specific events and sensitive emotions to start collective narration and historical reflection.
Ou Lin is a Chinese visual artist who works primarily in photography and performance. Her present work offers a feminist perspective of the gestating body from material and psychological angles. It presents a radical rethinking of the stereotypical versions of the happy, suffering and idealised pregnant woman as represented in art history and contemporary culture.
Travers Smith Award
London born Elissa's practice involves the creation of a framework or space in which to make work, with the knowledge that there will be both planned and unplanned outcomes. Her graduate work uses the studio as a metaphor within a project which responds to a rewilding site in West Sussex. By bringing found objects from the site into the studio Elissa kick started the process by generating interventions.
Sarabeth is an American artist concerned with reconstructed landscapes, and the capacity of photographic mediums to represent collective memory and temporality within the land. Through layers of interdisciplinary research, varied lens-based approaches, and auto-ethnographic writing, Sarabeth abstracts the familiar visual classification of landscapes, and contextualises landscape photography within current ecological realities.
Intaglio Printmaker Award
Emile is a Danish artist primarily working with painterly monoprints. She works with ideas of the feminine body and its relationship to identity, sexuality, loss and shame. The work is largely autobiographical with figures all representative of Emile and her experiences living in a feminine body using image-making as an extension of herself, creating painterly monoprints from and of her body.
Travers Smith Award
Harry's practice explores ecologies, with a focus on the relationship between an organic and fabricated reality, examining how our connection to the natural world is obscured by the objects, tools, technologies, and stuff we create. His graduate project, 'The Great Divide' is an installation which surrounds the observer in an excess of images and objects that question the materiality of our everyday environments.
Olivia's practice explores gesture, touch and the photographic image, considering ideas around our learnt and primal behaviours and our engagement with our digital and natural environments. In her series of silkscreen drawings she pushes graphite through exposed silk screens of photographs of nature, creating loose, gestural marks in a relatively blind process.
Saruha's practice is driven by a high sensitivity to colour and its ever-influencing presence in our environment. She explores this through the meditative processes of repetitive mark making and print making. Her recent works combine the elements of colour and repetition with ideas around touch and perception integrated through play.
Katrine is a Danish artist exploring how a heightened awareness of nature has a nurturing impact on body and mind. The work is influenced by the collective experience of lockdown and a personal experience of chronic pain, conveying a sense of rest and wellbeing by bringing together soft natural silks and the monoprinted shadows of plants on skin.
Printmakers Council Prize
Francesca's practice revolves around embodied experiences of remote natural environments and phenomena, investigating her relationship with locations, particularly volcanic environments in Iceland. Her recent works were developed from a solo camping expedition to the volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall and the Krafla volcanic zone.