Well done to Sculpture degree student Jo Holt, the winner of the 2019 Surrey Sculpture Prize! Her piece, ‘Eye of the Beholder,’ comments on the tragedy of coral bleaching and the brilliance of biofluorescence, and explores how a change of perspective can bring life into a new light. Jo was awarded £500 cash, a 12-month membership to the Surrey Sculpture Society and a future exhibition opportunity.
Another entry noted by the judges was Masa Travijanin’s ‘Inverted.’ Masa’s sculpture began as a layered latex cast of her body, which she then cut up and embroidered, incorporating textiles, jewellery and make up. The piece was acknowledged for its imaginative framing showing the embroidering aspect of self-presentation.
Alexanda Rendle-Short’s piece ‘Beginning of life,’ a series of black clay coiled pots, was also recognised for its representation of DNA through the varying clay shapes.
Thank you to everyone who entered their sculptures for the prize, and congratulations again to Jo for winning!

Join us in congratulating AAL Contemporary Portraiture student Paul Starns, who won the AAL Drawing Prize 2019 (of £100) with his fantastic life model drawing. Paul’s drawing was commended for its formal accuracy by judge Brendan Kelly.
We had a number of excellent submissions this year: honourable mentions included Emily Russel’s non-figurative piece, which Brendan felt respected the two-dimensional nature of drawing; Fiona Feng’s life model drawing, which was noted for its consistency and skill; and Minnie Scott’s piece, the only entry which used colour, which was deemed ‘creative, energetic and fearless’.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our prize-winner Paul!

Congratulations to our Professional Development Programme Leader, Briony Marshall, who has had her design shortlisted for a public sculpture commission in Leeds city centre. Leeds Arts University and Leeds City Council are currently in the final stages of the selection process for the new sculpture, which will be installed in Quarry Hill to celebrate the contribution of women to the city.
Briony’s piece pays tribute to the Leeds University academic Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, who discovered the chemical structure of Benzene. The sculpture depicts a circular chain of women and children, which mirrors the chemical structure and the way that each generation of women builds on the emancipation of the previous generation.
An exhibition which showcases the work of all the shortlisted artists is being held at the Blenheim Walk Gallery from 24th May – 4th July 2019. Briony’s maquette joins work by artists Pippa Hale, Wendy Briggs and Zsofia Jakab. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent feminism in Leeds city centre!

Congratulations to AAL student Heidi Sundvik, who won the Pure Arts Prize on Friday! Heidi wins the opportunity to exhibit two pieces in the fair in October and will receive one year’s mentoring and professional development support.