UWE student wins Jerwood Drawing Prize

Issue date: 02 October 2009

Work by Roxanne Goffin

Drawing and Applied Arts student Rox Goffin has won the Jerwood Foundation's prestigious Student Drawing Prize.

Rox, who has just started the second year of her BA degree in Drawing and Applied Arts at UWE, submitted a piece called 'Untitled', which was selected as one of 75 pieces to be part of the exhibition from over 2200 entries.

The inspiration for her work came from her exploration of bones, which she finds extremely curious and powerful. She was intrigued by the texture of the bones' surface and began to draw directly onto them. The images of beetles reflect her interest and research into entomology (the study of insects using pins to display them), which also explains her use of pins to hold the bones together.

The winners were chosen by a judging panel that included the artist Tania Kovats; Roger Malbert, Senior Curator, Hayward Touring Exhibitions, South Bank Centre; and Nicholas Usherwood, writer, art critic and curator.

Rox is thrilled to have won the award as well as £1000 in prize money. She says: "I was absolutely speechless to be announced as one of the two Student Prize winners and so happy to be recognised by the organisation. I also discovered that someone had brought my piece before the winners had been announced. The award has given me so much confidence and I have had a lot of interest in my work. I am really grateful to my tutors for their encouragement and input since the beginning of my course."

Rox's work will be on show in the London and regional touring exhibitions and will be printed in the exhibition catalogue, giving her valuable exposure to the public and the arts world.

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