MA Curating student wins Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise

Issue date: 07 June 2017

Isaac Blease, an MA/MFA Curating student at UWE Bristol has won the prestigious 2017 Deutsche Bank Arts and Creative Enterprise (DBACE) award for Fine Art and Photography.

The prizewinning entry, Charaxes Imperialis is a photographic project, inspired by the butterfly collection Isaac inherited from his Grandfather. Now housed in the Natural History Museum, London, Isaac uses the collection to re-address and question the collective history and legacy of empire.

Isaac Blease, said, “Winning the DBACE award for art and photography is so exciting as it will enable me to carry out further research and complete my project, which will culminate in a multi-faceted exhibition. My experience on placement at the Bristol Archives and the lecturing programme has helped me to develop a lot as a practitioner in a short space of time, and I am looking forward to learning where it takes me in the future.”

Matthew Partington (Programme leader for MA/MFA Curating) said, “It was a pleasure to be in the audience to see Isaac receive this truly prestigious award. He used his MA Curating placement at Bristol Archives (working on their Empire and Commonwealth photographic collection) to aid his outstanding exhibition proposal. Isaac is a credit to UWE and I am enormously proud of him.”

Isaac was one of five category winners to each receive a trophy, a cheque for £10,000 and year-long business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony compered by broadcaster and producer, Gemma Cairney, at Deutsche Bank in London. Isaac received his award from Liz Gilmore, Director of the Jerwood Gallery.

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