UWE graduate named in prestigious art guide

Issue date: 22 January 2010

UWE Drawing and Applied Arts graduate, Lucie Smailes, has been named in a prestigious art guide as one of the UK's top young artists.

The limited edition Catlin Guide profiles the 40 most promising arts graduates from art schools and colleges across the UK as chosen by curator of the Catlin Prize, John Hammond.

For the past four years in his search for emerging talent, Hammond has visited every creative arts degree show in Britain, whittling down the best graduates to a select eight who are nominated for the £3,000 prize. This is the first year the accompanying guide has been published.

Hammond says "These artists were selected for their potential to influence the shape and dynamic of contemporary art at a most crucial and exciting time. It was harder than usual to distinguish common trends at the last round of degree shows - undeniably a good thing. A determined reaction against complacency was palpable though, with some serious, less jokey art and adept manipulation of technology."

Dawn Mason, Programme Leader for Drawing and Applied Arts, says "Lucie has a highly original creative voice. The use of found objects is the basis for Lucie's art making. They are meticulously transformed using her broad skills base that incorporates drawing, casting, mosaic, and the ability to juxtapose materials and processes. Drawing and Applied Art staff congratulates Lucie on her selection to be included in the prestigious Catlin Guide. We are sure that she will continue to have many successes in her professional life as an artist."

Lucie is now studying for an MA Art Media and Design by Project at UWE's School of Creative Arts.

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