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Clarke Willmott launch artist accolade

Clarke Willmott has teamed up with the University of West England (UWE) to launch a Young Artist of the Year Award. The winner not only receives the prestigious title but also a healthy cash prize of £1000.

26 pieces of artwork produced by final year students were chosen and exhibited last week at the firm’s Private Client summer party at their Bristol offices. The pieces included paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations and moving images.

Anthony Fairweather, Private Client partner said “We wanted to provide a platform for talented youngsters by giving them the opportunity to exhibit their work. All of the pieces were of an exceptional standard and the cash award will help the lucky winner set themselves up for the future in this difficult economic climate“.

Guests attending from the local business community were asked to anonymously place their vote in the ballot box and at the end of the evening, Alice Jones was crowned victorious with her pencil drawing entitled ‘Fleeting Moments in Sleep’.

Amelia Taylor, Project Co-ordinator at UWE’s School of Creative Arts said, “We are delighted Clarke Willmott are giving new creative talent the recognition it deserves. This competition is strategically timed to offer the winning student a chance to promote their win at UWE’s Creative Arts Degree Show, as well as an all important financial and confidence boost just before graduation

Clarke Willmott’s Young Artist of the Year, Alice Jones spoke of her delight on winning the award; “It was a huge honour to be presented with the ‘Young artist of the year’ 2010. This will give me greater opportunity to continue my practice and develop my skills. The prize will allow me to travel and help me gain knowledge of different cultures and apply the experience to my work“.