UWE D3 graduate in competition success

Issue date: 15 March 2010

A graduate from UWE's School of Creative Arts has won a major prize for a piece of work that she completed as part of her final year project.

Katherine Morgan graduated in July 2009 from BA Design: Process, Material Context (D3) following success with other D3 students at the New Designers exhibition in London, where the group won Best Stand.Katherine entered the Open West competition and exhibition with her piece, which she describes as 'a corridor that looks like a giant brush'. Her work was one of 40 pieces selected by a panel from more than 500 entries for the show. The panel of selectors included the curators Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin, and artists Terry Duffy and Clara Clark. Prizes were presented on the opening night of the exhibition and Katherine was delighted to be awarded the main prize of £1500.

Katherine said "The Open West allowed me to show my work to a wider audience and I plan to display my piece locally once this exhibition is over.

Winning the award was a bit of a shock and it took a few days for me to realise what had happened! I was just so amazed because the exhibition contained such interesting and varied pieces, it seemed impossible to judge. I am very grateful and excited to have won the prize."

Following the exhibition Katherine plans to use the prize money to fund upcoming exhibitions and a studio space where she can develop new ideas. She is also looking to develop her experience as an assistant curator in a local gallery and working in the voluntary sector as an art assistant within schools.

Debbie Southerland, D3 Programme Leader, said: "This is a brilliant achievement for Katherine and we are delighted for her. This fantastically tactile piece of design has been a show stopper wherever it's been shown, and it reflects her unique creative vision and ambition."

The Open West is an annual competition and exhibition inviting submissions from national and international artists practising contemporary and conceptual art, inclusive of painting, installation, film, photography, print and sculpture.

The exhibition is being held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire from 17 February to 21 March 2010. For more information visit the website http://www.theopenwest.org.uk/

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