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Category - Painting

Once Upon A Time Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 70 x 100 x 4.5 cm Price: £1,750.00

Jemma Grundon

How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I have never entered the Signature Art Prize, despite being with DegreeArt for a few years so, I thought it was about time I did!

What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal, is to continue to push myself in my work, to strive to make each painting better than what went before, and to further develop and refine my painting style.

When and where did you make your entry? I completed ‘Once Upon a Dream’ earlier this year, and it was completed over four months in total. It was a painting that developed from several ideas, photographs and sketches initially it started out as a painting representing a landscape in Scotland. Soon however, it evolved to represent images and ideas from lots of places I have visited over the past year.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? The key concept for me will always be the ‘Sublime’. I am often on a constant search for ‘sublime’ things or feelings, as I believe it is something that can cause us to imagine more than we perceive.

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I imagine it being hung in a calm and minimal interior - perhaps on a white wall, or certainly a muted tone. Tell us about where you make your work? After having spent four years working from a studio in Bristol, I have recently just moved to London, and now have a studio at the Lewisham Arthouse Studios in Lewisham.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I have recently returned from volunteering as an artist with the youth development charity, Raleigh International in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I spent three months there, facilitating and organising various murals and art projects for both the local communities and for the benefit of the Raleigh volunteers. Anything else that we should know about you? I am about to start a part-time MA Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practice course, at Goldsmiths University in London.


Category - Painting

Man Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 196 x 120 x 5 cm Price: £1,500

Josh Gluckstein

How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I really liked the idea of a competition which was directed at students. I also looked at the work of past winners and finalists and was very impressed by the quality of work and the variety of styles that featured. When and where did you make your entry? I made my painting in 2010, during my Foundation Course. I had a lot of fun making it. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? As my work is generally large scale, I am always very interested to see how these pieces will change once they are given breathing space outside of the studios. Tell us about where you make your work? Predominantly, in my university studios in Brighton. I’m surrounded by creative, like-minded people all day and this certainly motivates me and often inspires me. What is your main goal for the coming year? Heading into my final year at Brighton University, I’m really looking forward to creating a portfolio

of work which will truly represent my style. I also aim to have my first solo exhibition. What is your key inspiration as an artist? That is a tricky question as I usually find inspiration in small, sometimes random places. My best example of that would be, I was on my way to college once and I saw some pampas grass, and I thought it looked so much like ostrich feathers that I decided to make a life size ostrich! Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I did A-level maths... and I don’t like Family Guy. Anything else that we should know about you? I entered the Jack Goldhill Painting Prize in late 2011 with a painting called “Victor”, and was then shortlisted for the final 15. I featured in a private exhibiton of the works in the Zabludowicz Collection in Central London, and then managed to achieve 3rd place and was awarded £1000. I was absolutely delighted and this is certainly the highlight of my artistic career, and one of my proudest moments ever. My mum cried


Category - Painting

X-Odus Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 120 x 140 x 0 cm Price: £500

Katarzyna Maria Włodarczyk How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was searching the web and came cross the contest accidentally. I decided to take part in it since I wanted my work to be displayed in London. When and where did you make your entry? In the last minutes, as always. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I would like my work to be displayed in public space and that lots of people could see it. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work at my studio where i live, in Wrocław. What is your main goal for the coming year? To finish my old projects and uncompleted works. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Philosophy, music, mysticism.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I don’t separate everyday life from art. I live on art. Moreover I am able to become invisible and go through walls without moving :) Anything else that we should know about you? I had my first exhibition in Queenshead (UK) 2005 after I graduated high school. While studying, I took part in local exhibitions and art festivals in Wrocław. Nonetheless I hope the best is still ahead of me, awaiting there in the future.


Category - Painting

Untitled Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 75 x 50 x 2 cm Price: ÂŁ600

Megan De Greef How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I saw the prize advertised as promoting emerging artists signature style and applied because I have a style that runs through my work and always will.

What is your main goal for the coming year? To carry on making work and I would like to do a residency abroad, immersing myself in a different culture making new work inspired by the people I meet and the stories I hear.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? When and where did you make your entry? People are my key inspiration. I try to portray I made my entry painting the week I returned to emotion, vulnerability and the real person behind London after moving to my parents’ house for a the clothes and skin. month. I had spent a lot of time with my mum and making the painting of her, I was reflecting Finally, tell me something surprising about on that time we had spent together, portraying yourself? her struggles and sadness and looking at the I did a degree in Make-up and Prosthetics for mother, daughter relationship. Performance where I created many characters. I used the work and what I learned on this course Where do you imagine your entry eventually to inspire my own artwork and it is where my being hung? painting and drawing style evolved from. I would like it to be hung where it is accessible for people to view and hopefully relate to it in their Anything else that we should know about own relationships. you? Nothing yet but I will carry on putting my work out Tell us about where you make your work? there for people to see. I rent empty spaces around London and use these spaces to make my work before they get renovated or demolished. This gives me fresh inspiration as my studio is constantly changing and evolving.


Category - Painting

Yellow Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 152.4 x 121.92 x 3 cm Price: £700

Molly Goldwater How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I heard about the Prize after leaving Camberwell. It stood out because it is interested in individual style and expression being encouraged - what they stand for was something I felt would be a massive compliment to what I try and do. When and where did you make your entry? The painting included in the Prize was one of a series shown at my degree show. They are the end result of a very creatively frustrating - yet rewarding 3 years! Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Anywhere people will want to stop and look at it every now and then, I hope! Tell us about where you make your work? At my studio in college. I rarely work at home or on the move - in terms of a sketchbook. I always felt I should have, but my ideas have to be tested out large first. They don’t translate from small to large in the same way, so I ususally write what I am thinking of doing then go from there.

What is your main goal for the coming year? I am beginning a Masters in Printmaking in Bristol this coming October. I hope to carry on exhibiting, explore and expand on the print-like elements in my work, and carry on painting. What is your key inspiration as an artist? The ‘eureka!’ moment. I think I am, and probably other artists, are addicted to that struggle through an idea, then the feeling when it all seems to click and fall into place. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I can’t draw. Anything else that we should know about you? I am exhibiting in ‘Commune’, 29a Corsham st, Shoreditch 25th October for a month as part of ‘Roy’s Salon Tea Party’ with a selection of other emerging and graduate artists.


Category - Painting

Last Of The Sun Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 61 x 91 x 1.75 cm Price: £2,100

Phil M Davis How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I found out about it through the Degree Art website with whom I’ve exhibited my work since November last year. Recently I’ve enjoyed more and more interest in my paintings from London based galleries including Rise Art, New Blood Art and the Battersea based Arts Movement Consultancy which is currently displaying works commemorating the recent Olympics..

of how I paint.

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I see it best suited as the central piece to any room where the viewer can observe its display at some level of distance and then home in.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I am related to Miles Davis.

What is your main goal for the coming year? I applied to exhibit some work for the last Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Unfortunately I didn’t get in this time but I hope to exhibit at the summer exhibition next year or at some point in the future, besides which I have a much better idea for my next entry.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? When and where did you make your entry? Every day life really, but with a dynamic and On the 26th July, through the Signature Art Prize impulsive way of self expression that has been website. formed by my love of pubs, music, film and travel.

Tell us about where you make your work? In a studio at home in Worcestershire. Despite the isolated nature of the way I presently work I suppose its location at the back of my garage is personally beneficial and inspiring because I get to easily view the weather through the large garage entrance thus affecting the tint and mood

Anything else that we should know about you awards, exhibitions coming up, competitions etc... Yes. Aside from Degree Art, some of my work for the Olympics is presently on display at the Avenue Bar And Restaurant in St James Street near Leicester Square until September 23rd, there are also some pieces at the Buckenham Galleries in Southwold.


Category - Painting

Her Majesty The Queen Medium: Painting size - 90 x 60 cm Price: £3,500

Nick Lord How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learnt about the Signature Art Prize through DegreeArt. I wanted to enter as I had just decided to take the plunge into become self employed, and making a living through selling my work. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see what would happen. When and where did you make your entry? I currently live and work in Cardiff. I have my own studio in Cardiff Bay where i do all of my painting. I made the piece in June this year. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Ideally I’d love to see the painting hung in the Queens private chamber, but i can’t see that happening! Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work in my Studio in Cardiff Bay, which is great as it allows me to splash, dribble, spray or spill the paint, and not have to worry. I tend to make a mess, creative mess of course! It’s my own 350 sqft space to call my own.

What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal this year is to have a solo exhibition. I’ve got a few ideas in the pipeline, it’s a case of watching this space! What is your key inspiration as an artist? I don’t know what my main inspiration is as an artist. It’s one of those question that I never really know how to answer. I’m inspired by a lot of things. At the moment i’m really interested in media depictions and the images they/I create in my head. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I’m addicted to buying sneakers, and for some reason I like purple and pink colour ways as well as the classics. I just love trainers and shopping. However i hate feet!! Anything else that we should know about you? I’ve currently got work on show in DegreeArt on Vyner Street. The Exhibition is called 20:12, it’s 12 artists showcasing 20 of The Great British Athletic Team, to celebrate the olympics in London. It’s on until the 24th of September, go check it!


Category - Painting

Mind Map 37 Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 27 x 35 x 3 cm Price: ÂŁ800

Rebecca Byrne How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I heard about it through a listing online and I applied because I thought it was a great opportunity.

and to organise a show with a few of the other artists on the course.

When and where did you make your entry? I made my entry in my studio at SPACE Vauxhall; it was completed about 6/8 weeks ago.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I moved my family to London and let go of much of what was familiar in our lives (friends, family, work) in order to live and work as an artist in London.

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I see my pieces hung in a quiet place in someone’s home. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work in a large studio building in a shared space with another woman I studied with at Chelsea. Our studio has great windows and, except for the cold in the winter, it is a really comfortable, pleasant space to make work in. I like the focus that a dedicated workspace gives me; I think it is really crucial for any artist to have a studio apart from where you live. What is your main goal for the coming year? To focus on my work, I already have my next piece planned, apply for residences, exhibitions

What is your key inspiration as an artist? Art history and autobiographical material.

Anything else that we should know about you? I have just been included in the Ludlow Open 2012 and the show Painting in Conversation in Peckham.


Category - Painting

Self Watchers Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 300 x 480 x 1 cm Price: £6000

Seung Ah Paik How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I found out about the prize through an art opportunities web site. When and where did you make your entry? I made this entry right after my MFA degree show at Goldsmiths in London.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? My key inspiration is myself ever since the subject of my works has always been myself. As my works are about my own perspective and the surface of my skin, I try to be more conscious about myself and my surroundings.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Where do you imagine your entry eventually I studied fashion design for 3 years in Central being hung? Saint Martin’s after I got my BFA in oriental Because of the enormous size of my work, I want painting from Seoul National University in Korea. my paintings to be hung on a tall, wide, white I decided to study fashion after I started selling wall with a high ceiling. my own brand of fashion jewelry to several fashion concept stores in London. Although I am Tell us about where you make your work? very much interested in all kinds of arts including I am currently living and working in London. Most fashion design, Fine art fascinates me the most. of my recent works were produced at the college studios at Goldsmiths, and now I am continuing Anything else that we should know about you my works at my own studio in New Cross. awards, exhibitions coming up, competitions etc... What is your main goal for the coming year? I was shortlisted for the Chadwell Award this My goal for the coming year would be to progress year. For the coming year, I am planning to on ‘Self Watcher’ series even further, and to have a solo exhibition in Nagoya, Japan. Also, I provide people opportunities to see my works up- received a very positive review following my MFA close by holding solo shows in various countries degree show from ArtLyst.com including Japan, Korea and UK.


Category - Painting

Space Shilpa Medium: Painting Size (H x W x D): 75 x 50 x 0.3 cm Price: £1200

Sophie Derrick How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I heard about the prize through DegreeArt.com as I am a member, but I was also in the prize in 2010, and that was really what helped kick everything off with my work.

To get back on track with making art work in a more constant fashion. Doing an MA is really great but it makes you re-assess what you’re making and it’s a lot of work, so I haven’t really had a lot of time to make work outside of the MA. I want to focus on what I’ve got out of the course and what work I want to make from it. I hope to When and where did you make your entry? enter as many competitions and exhibitions as Pretty much on the last 1day you could enter... possible. that’s the way I roll in life. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Where do you imagine your entry eventually I don’t really have a key inspiration, but am being hung? inspired by a lot of different things and artists. Hopefully in some really cool loft appartment in I suppose my main artist inspiration is Frank New York or something! But maybe just in the Auerback as I do take a lot of influence from equally cool Spitalfields. his brush strokes and colours, but I am equally inspired by colour combinations I see in Tell us about where you make your work? magazines, photographs,and fabrics. At the moment I’m in between studios. I was working in a lovely studio in Wiltshire up until Finally, tell me something surprising about this time last year when I moved to London to do yourself? my masters. I had a studio there for a year and I used to be a ballet dancer until I was 18, I had now I’ve finished I think my flat is going to be my an audition at the Royal Ballet but I didn’t get in!! studio until I can afford somewhere in London. So I went down the art route instead. Working at home suits me quite well as I really need to be near a shower! Anything else that we should know about you? What is your main goal for the coming year? My MA show is on from the 6th-13th September.


Category - Photography

Study On Human Emotion Through Photography Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 52 x 72 x 3 cm Price: ÂŁ350

Agata Laskowska How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? Final show exhibition at The University of Northampton, brought a lot of attention from art world. It was a great opportunity to be noticed. When and where did you make your entry? I have decided to become a part of Signature Art Prize world straight after graduation, by visiting Signature Art Prize website. I think as a fresh graduates we have to act as quick as possible if we want to gain what is needed to develop as an artists. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I see my photographs hang in very mysterious, quiet gallery spaces, where there are just Photographs - Viewers, surrounded by specific sounds which I also record while working on photographs. Tell us about where you make your work? In order to fully focus on what I want to create, and achieve I made my own working space. Photographs which I create require a lot of planning and preparation, there is no coincidence, so my own studio is a place where I create.

What is your main goal for the coming year? As soon as I left University I looked for opportunities to exhibit my work which I created at the University, but also started to work on new projects, and prepare myself for MA Course in Art Direction. What is your key inspiration as an artist? I take my inspiration from contemporary photographers and film directors.Awareness of different artists approach to their work in historical context, becomes kind of stimulating factor, which shapes my creativity. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Through art I continously discover myself and others, from existential - spiritual point of view. My way to portrait humanity is to evoke certain reactions in order to create metaphors. This is my way to live a meaningful life. Anything else that we should know about you? Before Graduation I won a David Keskys Photographic Award at the University of Northampton.


Category - Photography

Ways of Operating III Medium: Limited Edition Print Size (H x W x D): 133 x 200 x 0.2 cm Price: £600

Aindreas Scholz How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learnt about the prize at Goldsmiths College, through the notice board. I entered the prize to showcase my work to a broader audience. When and where did you make your entry? In London, recently via Goldsmiths College library facilities. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? On a light coloured wall with a balance of space around the work. Tell us about where you make your work? My practice is ongoing. As I am going along and I see something that interests me I immediately have to ‘frame it’, either as a photograph or other medium. The practice develops in this way continually. What is your main goal for the coming year? To experiment and explore as much as I can. I am working towards the production of a major body of work over the coming year.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? Looking beyond something; trying to master, something that I cannot master. It’s always a very individual thing. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? There is a picture of me on Google Maps, taken when a street view car passed me by. I was with my dog. Anything else that we should know about you? Awards include Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award, Dublin, Ireland (2012); Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award, Dublin, Ireland (2011); NIAVAC lens-based award, Belfast, United Kingdom (2005); Exhibitions include Lewisham Arthouse, ’Kill the lollipop’, London (2012); Peppercanister Gallery, ‘STILL’, Dublin, Ireland (2011); Claremorris ‘Open Exhibition’ (COE), Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland (2011); Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland (2010); 180th Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) ‘Annual Exhibition’, Dublin, Ireland (2010); The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2009)


Category - Photography

Retired miners meeting in Coalville, A cup of tea 2011 Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 50 x 40 x 0.5 cm Price: ÂŁ21

Chris Mear How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I came across the Prize online and the potential exposure my pictures could get from it really excited me. When and where did you make your entry? A wednesday morning during the Leicestershire retired miners meeting in the West End Club, Coalville. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? On the wall. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work wherever I can find a story that I can justify using photography to tell. What is your main goal for the coming year? To raise the profile of my two projects to date, continue working commercially and find and start my next story. What is your key inspiration as an artist? The split second after making a great picture. Finally, tell me something surprising about

yourself? My hat doesn’t fit since I got my haircut.. Anything else that we should know about you? In 2010 I was awarded one of five Free Range Art Awards for a picture I made of a lady called Leila.


Category - Photography

Rewan Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 60 x 43 x 4 cm Price: ÂŁ250

Emily Macinnes How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learnt about the prize through ideastap, a funding platform for young, UK artists. When and where did you make your entry? I made my entry both in Nottingham and at home in Scotland. The subjects I photographed, I got to know through the Nottingham Refugee Forum and documented them during my studies at Nottingham Trent University. When I moved back to Scotland I worked with the images, adding the map and text to further communicate the issues of migration and oppression that my subjects have endured. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I would be great if my entry was hung alongside other forms of creative documentary - perhaps in a gallery, public space or in someones home. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work out in the world - documenting stories of those I meet. I often choose issues which are of great interest to me and I feel need to be shared. What is your main goal for the coming year?

My main goal for the coming year is to keep producing work - there are so many stories out there and even with the increasing number of photojournalists and visual storytellers there are still many stories that go untold. What is your key inspiration as an artist? My key inspiration is the work of contemporary photojournalists such as Ed Kashi and Jim Goldberg who are creating new and exciting methods for visual storytelling. I also often get inspiration from cinema and poetry. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I’m addicted to X Factor, gherkins and Haitian Rap. Anything else that we should know about you? This coming year has been eventful with group exhibitions in Nottingham, London and New York. I have also been shortlisted for the Magnum/ideastap photographic award which is an exciting opportunity to have a mentoring session with a magnum photographer and have work exhibited alongside other practicing documentary photographers.


Category - Photography

Tintype, Edward Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 18 x 13 x 0.2 cm Price: ÂŁ800

Laura Solomons How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I received an email about the Signature Art Prize, and decided to enter as the emphasis of the competition/show is on emerging art in different categories. I love the idea of being a part of such a multi faceted exhibition. I also love Spitelfields, so that too convinced me to participate. When and where did you make your entry? I entered at the end of July, from my home in London. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? This particular series will be hung on the wall of my living room, as the work is of ‘my tribe’ and I want them close. Before it reaches that wall, however, there are several other walls it will hang, starting next week at Spitelfields. Tell us about where you make your work? This work is made in my kitchen/studio, and in my washroom/darkroom. The images need to processed immediately as the plates must not dry, so for this series I invited everyone into my home to sit for me.

What is your main goal for the coming year? I am working on several projects, which I hope will evolve my current practice, and result in a body of work sufficient to gain a place on the Masters program at the Royal Academy of Art. What is your key inspiration as an artist? My responses to the people and situations I encounter are my key inspirations. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I own more jeans than anyone else in the world! Anything else that we should know about you? I won an award given by Michael Wilson this year. I participate in an ongoing group project with seven other artists. Planning a group show for the end of the year.


Category - Photography

Girl with the Pearl Earring Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 42.01 x 29.71 x 0.8 cm Price: £400

N J Larder How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learnt about the art signature prize when I received the blanket email the judges sent out. I also had a co-student mentioning she had entered and that I should enter too, and we both made it into the final 40.

in Bletchley park, in Milton Keynes, which is the home of the code breakers!

When and where did you make your entry? My finalists piece was created in a studio in Northampton University, In mid March 2012

What is your key inspiration as an artist? My inspirations have been: Mitch Griffiths a stunning painter, I immediately fell in love with his work when I saw it. He takes the original fine art painting techniques and mixes them with how the world is today, showing how classes have changed. My other two inspirations have been Gregory Crewdson for his love of theatrical photography and lighting, and Tim Walker for his elegance and fairy tale feel to his work – it’s pure elegance!

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? My piece would fit in well in many situations, from a fine art gallery, to a lovely statement piece at home. Tell us about where you make your work? As my entry was made in my final BA project and they were recreations of old and famous/ well known images, I had to find so many different places to shoot, that looked similar to the originals. I must have contacted about 30 different grand houses for my final 10 shots but I didn’t get many reply acceptances, so I had to simplify my search and my entry was shot in a studio but a few of the others were shot in Bletchley Mansion

What is your main goal for the coming year? My goal for this year is to find out what my dream photography job is, and then move my career onto the photography ladder.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I have 28 metal pins in my jaw and face due to a jaw operation I had when I was 17.


Category - Photography

Beggar Woman, Rome Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 45.72 x 30.48 x 0.3 cm Price: £450

Sarah Packer How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I came across the Signature Art Prize purely by chance, I wasn’t looking to enter any photography competitions at the time but when a link to the DegreeArt site came up I thought I would give it a go. When and where did you make your entry? I went to Rome because some friends of my aunt lived there and were happy for me to stay for a week. They live in Garbatella, the south of Rome, they are Italian and so it was great to see Rome from their point of view and sometimes from the back of a moped! Whilst I was there they gave me some of the best advice I have ever had, which led me to take this photo! They said to avoid the tourists and go down all the back streets and alleyways and to basically put my map away and get lost in the city. I took this advice every day of the week and I saw a totally different side to Rome, which I have hopefully portrayed in my image. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Long term I would like to see it on someone’s wall. I think that is the greatest honour for a

photographer, to have someone buy your work and hang it up proudly on their wall for everyone to see. Tell us about where you make your work? Due to my style of photography, I tend to go abroad or away from home where I can see something I’ve never seen before. What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal is to get my name out there, I hope to set up my own website and travel more as well. What is your key inspiration as an artist? There is a lot in the world to be inspired by, but my key inspiration is hearing travel stories. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Something surprising? I am an avid postcard collector, I have postcards with art on, old vintage postcards with writing on the back, postcards from other countries. Anything else that we should know about you? I am going to be applying to study in Budapest at the Moholy-Nagy University for 4-5 months at


Category - Photography

Kinross Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 29.7 x 42 x 2 cm Price: ÂŁ100

Stuart Russell How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was told about the prize by a friend but never expected my work to get this far in the competition. When and where did you make your entry? I made my entry early this year through DegreeArt.com. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I love exhibiting artwork and I am happy for my work to be shown anywhere. My dream is to be in the Tate one day. Tell us about where you make your work? I live in Fife and make my work from home. Most of my work is inspired by my surrounding environment. What is your main goal for the coming year? I am currently nominated for a Great Scot Award for my voluntary work in the arts, so I hope to continue with my work in the arts and my dream is to make something of my own artwork and poetry.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? I take inspiration from nature and my surrounding environment. My images are noted for their raw approach, concentrating heavily on textures and natural movement. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I write poetry. Anything else that we should know about you? I have won 8 awards and taken part in more than 40 exhibitions in the past two years. My work has also appeared on BBC news and in the BBC Wildlife magazine. I have a few up and coming exhibitions around Scotland and I am currently up for the Great Scot Award for my dedication to the arts in Scotland.


Category - Photography

Human/Nature (1) Medium: Photography Limited Edition of 3 Size (H x W x D): 80 x 60 x 1 cm Price: £900

Umit Koseoglu How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I came across the Signature Art Prize purely by chance, I wasn’t looking to enter any photography competitions at the time but when a link to the DegreeArt site came up I thought I would give it a go. When and where did you make your entry? I went to Rome because some friends of my aunt lived there and were happy for me to stay for a week. They live in Garbatella, the south of Rome, they are Italian and so it was great to see Rome from their point of view and sometimes from the back of a moped! Whilst I was there they gave me some of the best advice I have ever had, which led me to take this photo! They said to avoid the tourists and go down all the back streets and alleyways and to basically put my map away and get lost in the city. I took this advice every day of the week and I saw a totally different side to Rome, which I have hopefully portrayed in my image. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Long term I would like to see it on someone’s wall. I think that is the greatest honour for a

photographer, to have someone buy your work and hang it up proudly on their wall for everyone to see. Tell us about where you make your work? Due to my style of photography, I tend to go abroad or away from home where I can see something I’ve never seen before. What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal is to get my name out there, I hope to set up my own website and travel more as well. What is your key inspiration as an artist? There is a lot in the world to be inspired by, but my key inspiration is hearing travel stories. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Something surprising? I am an avid postcard collector, I have postcards with art on, old vintage postcards with writing on the back, postcards from other countries. Anything else that we should know about you? I am going to be applying to study in Budapest


Category - Photography

Tide I Medium: Photography Size (H x W x D): 40.6 x 50.8 x 0.5 cm ÂŁ500

Zita Saffrette How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? Via an internet search. I wanted to enter because I felt that my work had reached the stage where it was good enough to submit and I wanted an audience for it. When and where did you make your entry? A beach in Cornwall, May 2012. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Anywhere where it makes someone stop, look, and pause. Tell us about where you make your work? At home and around and about. What is your main goal for the coming year? To build on all that I have learnt during the last two years studying for my Masters in Fine Art, by applying that knowledge as a practising artist in the real world. What is your key inspiration as an artist? There is never one thing - it is a complex interweaving of consciousness perception and the desires of the unconscious.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I’ve racked my brains and the surprising answer is that there is nothing surprising - no unusual hobbies/activites, no remarkable feats of athletic prowess or daredevil stunts, no mountains climbed (except Ben Nevis), no extraordinary relatives in my family tree (though possibly Genghis Khan, who I believe we all share some DNA with) .... Anything else that we should know about you? Watch this space.


Category - Mixed Media

Generation III Medium: Limited Edition Print Size (H x W x D): 100 x 39 x 2 cm Price: £680

Anna Adamkiewicz How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? One of my fellow students mentioned about the Signature Art Prize in my University and I decided to apply. While not everyone can win the top prize, being involved in the Signature Art Prize gives me the opportunity to express myself, be creative and show what you can do. When and where did you make your entry? Online Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I like my work in a clean wite space. Tell us about where you make your work? At the moment I’m making my work in the university but I’m planning to rent small a studio space to continue my projects. What is your main goal for the coming year? I have a deep-rooted desire to explore all facets of printmaking and develop new and varied techniques in a private print workshop. What is your key inspiration as an artist? In my study I have been always interested in

people especially those close to me and for a short time my family have been a major element of my practice. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Years of experience in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, cartooning, sculpture and assemblage have contributed to my current understanding of art. Anything else that we should know about you? December 2009 Degree Show at University of East London, June 2010 “The Threadneedle Prize”, Mall Gallery , London, September 2010 “Passion for freedom”, Unit 24 Gallery, London, November 2010 “ Society of Women Artist”, Mall Gallery, London, June/July 2011 “Reflection”, Mile End pavilion, London, November 2011 “New English Art Club”, Mall Gallery, London, November 2011 “ Bainbridge Open Print Show”, London , October 2011 “Project 2012-End of the world exhibition”, Gallery on the Corner, London, March 2012 “ The Organic self: The power of value”, London, March 2012 “Global Fusion Miusic & Art”, Greenwich, London, March 2012


Category - Mixed Media

The Core of a Man’s Spirit Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 20 x 15 x 3 cm Price: £350

Christopher Eyles How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I think I found out about it from twitter maybe someone posted it. I wanted to enter because the website seemed pretty good and it had some good sponsors behind it. Plus I was aware of DegreeArt.com. I have exhibited at the gallery before. When and where did you make your entry? Just at home I probably applied for it last minute on the last hour of the last minute of the deadline. I always leave things to the last minute. Im so unorganised. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I would love to exhibit somewhere like the Jerwood Gallery. Or somewhere overseas, that would be pretty good. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work from the beaches of every vision of paradise that ever existed. As far as the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the French Polynesia. From the deepest jungles, and tallest mountains. Certainly not just living out of thoughts from travel brochures in my bedroom.

What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal is to move to london. I know you don’t have to be in london to make art work and be more successful. But I’m sure it helps, if not take more inspiration from the city to create. That must seem silly when more of my artwork is about nature though. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Inspiration can come from anything. Its important that it does. Thats how ideas come simply just come to people. As an artist I would say I am most inspired by travel and the places we visit. The things we take from these experiences and what it means to get lost and are we ever truly lost. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I once got asked the same question at a job SAP 2012 Interview. I didn’t know what to say so I just said I can do a backflip. I couldn’t think of anything else more surprising to tell them. But I figured they still weren’t expecting it. Were they surprised? Who knows, all I know is I didn’t get the job.


Category - Mixed Media

Friend Of Dorothy Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 56 x 98 x 3 cm Price: £1.980

Gonny Glass How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I have entered the Signature Art Prize in the past and in 2010, it was the first time I’d been selected as a finalist in an art competition, this really gave me confidence and recognition as an artist. When and where did you make your entry? I created ‘Friend of Dorothy’ in the beginning of 2012 in the glass workshop at the University for the Creative Arts where I worked as Artist-inResidence until recently. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I think it would be nice to see it in an gay environment (home, club, bar or office) given the title of the piece; ‘Friend of Dorothy’, was a ‘secret code’ used by gays and lesbians to refer to themselves in the 1950s. Tell us about where you make your work? Until the end of August 2012 I was Artist-inResidence at the University for the Creative Arts. What is your main goal for the coming year? To find a studio is my first priority, so I can keep on making work. This year, myself and Kane Cali have embarked on a full-time career as artists

and freelance contemporary art curators, with our first group exhibition Religionis Violenta being held at the London West Bank Gallery in September 2012. We would like to continue our adventure in the coming years. What is your key inspiration as an artist? For me, I find inspiration in the urban environment I live in: the chaos, randomness and diversity that is London... Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? That after a turbulent and eventful past, I have found something I feel really passionate about, for me life is just beginning and it is exciting! Anything else that we should know about you? Recently I have exhibited in Tenerife (Deus Dei) and Ibiza (Urban in Ibiza). I have also participated in Tracey Moberly’s project ‘Tweet-me-Up!’ at The Tanks in Tate Modern. Future exhibitions: 6-11 September ‘Religionis Violenta’ at the London West Bank Gallery (I am also curating this show).


Category - Mixed Media

Somewhere Medium: Drawing Size (H x W x D): 160 x 350 x 0 cm Price:£2,000

Hyunjeong Lim How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was looking for artists’ opportunities and a friend from the art university introduced this Prize to me. I reviewed the previous year’s exhibitions and thought it would be a good idea to apply.

I would like to continue my practice, which is researching a crossroads between the Western old masters’ painting style and my Korean backgrounds. Most importantly, the coming graduate show at CSM next year will be a big challenge for me.

When and where did you make your entry? I actually created the artwork in this prize entry when I was in my hometown, Busan, South Korea during my Easter Break, 2012. I turned my grandfather’s living room into a temporary studio. I made a mess in the entire house, but he never complained and he supported me 100% all the time.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? I found inspirational examples from works by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, George Condo and Paul Noble as they depicted biomorphic shapes of creatures which show primitive, sometimes grotesque yet visually arresting images and sensibilities to the viewer. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I completed the entry work in a week, I was on fire!

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Specifically, I would prefer a dark space to hang my drawing, so viewers would feel like watching a cave painting. Tell us about where you make your work? In London, since last September, I’ve made works in my university studio at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. What is your main goal for the coming year?

Anything else that we should know about you? I’m only just starting to receive the results from artist competitions that I have applied to in London. Signature Art Prize was a fresh start for me!


Category - Mixed Media

A Crack On The Stairwell Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 60 x 88 x 2 cm Price: £980

Jacqui Tudor How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? A letter was sent to our university advertising the competition, our tutors advised us to enter for the experience of it. I didnt feel worthy of entering and my hand had hovered over the send button for a number of weeks, until an artist I admire, Bernie Moore, himself a competition winner at the RBSA, told me I should enter as many competitions as possible as an undergraduate. Ultimately I thought “well nothing ventured…” When and where did you make your entry? My 17 layers of canvas travelled around with me for weeks so that I could work on it in any spare moment, my studio space at university, my kitchen table, sitting cross legged on many floors. As the work got heavier and heavier I struggled to get it into the car so I finished it off standing at the island unit to spare myself back ache. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? My work is inspired by the wear and tear of the years on a surface, and as I am intrigued by the actual crack on the stairwell just the way it is, (even though others may see it as something that is damaged or broken) I think it would be

best displayed on the wall of a home of an ageing actor to show that botox isn’t the answer. Haha! Tell us about where you make your work? I make work pretty much every waking minute in my head. I even dream about my work when the pressure of a new brief at university is felt. What is your main goal for the coming year? To survive. What is your key inspiration as an artist? There is beauty in the mundane, everyday and easily overlooked object. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? As a Chartered Physiotherapist for many years I have seen and smelled some horific things. One of the worst was having to stretch and exercise a patients fingers whilst their hand was buried within their abdominal wall waiting for a skin flap to grow. Anything else that we should know about you? I am participating in the Helfa Gelf Exhibition this year, 2012


Category - Mixed Media

Street Sign #1 Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 90 x 71 x 6.5 cm Price: £2,500

Jamie Green How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? It was suggested to me in an email from somebody that attended my degree show.

and show my work wherever I can.

Tell us about where you make your work? Everything I have created up until recently was done in University, since finishing I have managed to rent a studio space near to where I live in Manchester, I need to constantly be producing work if I’m going to make it as an artist.

Anything else that we should know about you? I have an exhibition confirmed for the 12th of September in Camden with a group called Qube Abstract. I’m also speaking with someone currently about providing artwork for a restaurant opening before the end of the year.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? I’m surrounded by the industrial brick mills of Manchester. I get inspired by the decay of the When and where did you make your entry? city. One thing taking over another, constant I created it around Christmas time last year. It change, life and death, the new taking over the was one of my first pieces on found objects and old. lead to dramatic developments in my work. Where do you imagine your entry eventually Finally, tell me something surprising about being hung? yourself? My piece is on a free standing wooden road sign. My work doesn’t revolve solely around painting. I would want it to end up somewhere fitting to its My choice of materials wood, MDF and metal style.. Mostly I would like it to be surrounded by has opened up new possibilities. Carving and the rest of my work. I believe my pieces work burning are now common processes to further best when grouped together, the variety of found manipulate my artwork. Plus blow touches are a objects creating an almost salvage yard like great way to keep things interesting. installation.

What is your main goal for the coming year? So far my main goal has been to gain exposure


Category - Mixed Media

Hiker Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 30 x 40 x 6 cm Price: £500

Jenny Leonard How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I’m always on the lookout for art prizes and competitions to showcase my work and I had heard about this on twitter. I know degree art has a good reputation and the prize seemed really open to all categories with an open theme. When and where did you make your entry? I made it in my final year at university after 2 months travelling around the west coast national parks of the US and Canada. I made it in a frenzy in my uni studio after alot of labouring to get the mixture right! Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I would like my entry hung anywhere without and TV or any digital screen in sight, I do not mind where, but I think we spend too much time looking at screens and not enough time looking at real pictures and materials. Tell us about where you make your work? Anywhere I can find possible. But often outside. I don’t work in a studio anymore because I feel it too restraining. My work is very messy when I make it so often I just lie sheets down outside.

What is your main goal for the coming year? I always want my work to be out in the world, I feel like it’s no good to me sat around in my home and I want it to travel to places to be seen by others. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Travel. Always to travel and see the world. I spent 7 years before university travelling on a extended gap year and I’m always drawn to the mountains and open landscapes. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I was commissioned by British Airways for 2 large mural installations at their HQ and I always continue to strive for this kind of work too. I think its imnportant as an artist to keep challenging yourself and vary the kinds of work you make for the different audiences. Anything else that we should know about you? I was just shortlisted for the Holt Art Prize by John Hurt and I am exhibiting in the Norwich Castle Museum in October as part of their ‘Vision and Reality’ show.


Category - Mixed Media

Pour No 2 Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 40 x 37 x 3 cm Price: £600

Laura Fishman How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learned about the Signature Art Prize whilst visiting the Degree Art Gallery on Vyner Street.

along with colour. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I have a Black Belt (First Dan) in kickboxing.

When and where did you make your entry? I made the entry online from my studio at the end Anything else that we should know about of May. you? Currently I have a piece included in the Artsdepot Where do you imagine your entry eventually Open 2012 as well as an artwork in the exhibition being hung? I imagine ‘Pour No. 2’ hanging in an intimate space in a collectors home. Tell us about where you make your work? I make my work in my studio, which is based in my home. I share it with my dog. What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal for the coming year is to make 2 collections of paintings - larger abstract works as well as the pours as painting objects. Ideally I would like to have a solo exhibiton as well as be included in group exhbitions. What is your key inspiration as an artist? My key inspirations are the art materials themselves and how they behave with gravity,


Category - Mixed Media

Fighter Jet In Woods Medium: Mixed Media Size (H x W x D): 122 x 122 x 1.8 cm Price: £1950

Matthew Spencer How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I saw the Prize advertised on axisweb.org and it looked like a fantastic opportunity to get my work out there. When and where did you make your entry? I made it this summer in my studio. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Probably in a more contemporary building with large white walls Tell us about where you make your work? At the moment I work up in North Yorkshire in a converted garage. What is your main goal for the coming year? The most important is definitely to get a studio in London and move down permanently, have a solo show and exhibit my work more outside of the UK. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Our landscape, our everyday environments, how our world is represented to us through visual information and how this influences our

comprehension of the world around us, including the process’s and materials that we form our landscape with and in turn how this forms our sense of identity. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? When I was younger all I wanted was to join the army Anything else that we should know about you? I won the 2011 Southwood NOAC Award for best uk artist under 25 and most recently the NEO Studio Prize. I’ve currently got work in the Great North Art Show, Ripon, in September I will have work in the Price of Beauty Contemporary Art Auction at the Shard, and upcoming exhibitions include; Winter Pop at the Marburae Gallery and the Zillah Bell Gallery.


Category - Mixed Media

Snow White Medium: Mixed Media Medium: Limited Edition Print Size (H x W x D): 60 x 60 x 2 cm Price: £550

Yuki Aruga How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? Visiting Degree Art Gallery When and where did you make your entry? n/a Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Somewhere that it is enjoyed and appreciated by someone. Tell us about where you make your work? I’m currently making work at home. I’m soon to be starting a residency in Switzerland, so will be sharing a studio with two artists while I’m there. What is your main goal for the coming year? My main goal, is to give my pracise my all...to put exhibitions and projects in place for 2013. I’m hoping to perhaps go on another residency and to do another one person show. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Nature

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I made props for BBC’s Cranford a few years ago; a crinoline under skirt with a bird pirch inside it, which was the main feature of the storyline. Anything else that we should know about you? 2012 has been very busy for me so far. It began with the The Big Egg Hunt, a chariy art auction and egg hunt around London, raising funds for The Elephant Family and Action for Children. For this I painted two large eggs and a series of 10 ostrich eggs, with my designs. It was a fantastic experience, and definitely something I hope to be involved in again. I have also had a one person show in Covent Garden at L’Artisan Parfumeur, which is currently still running. Next is a month long residency in Switzerland! And on my return, the AAF in Battersea and Hampstead Heath.


Category - Sculpture

Triad Of LIfe Medium: Installation Size (H x W x D): 105 x 70 x 40 cm Price: £1,000

Ashley Peevor How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? From researching different competitions on the internet. When and where did you make your entry? There is a big dip after university of a few months without a studio, especially if its raining. Which has been every day. So I try to enter competitions to give myself the opportunity to make even more bigger and bolder work. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? It’s more complicated than hanging a painting or even most sculptures. It was made to be presented upside down, therefor it isn’t seen as suitable for many places. But personally I’d like to see it in an unstable place. Some where like next to the telly in your average working class home. Tell us about where you make your work? I made it in my studio at university but things often got heated between me and a certain technician because of how much space I like to take over when working due to the nature in which I work.

What is your main goal for the coming year? The big personal goal this year for the union is to set up a permanent student led gallery in the town center. This is coming together nicely so I would also really like an art commission. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Inspiration for me is in everything, from a child building a fort in the local park, to the weird Disney portraits at the fare which make all the princesses look a bit transsexual. It literally is in everything and seems to happen everywhere. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I have a grey streak that I have had since I was 17 which is about the time I started making sculpture. Anything else that we should know about you? My next exhibition is in Nottingham for UK Young Artist. I will be exhibiting sculptural costumed performance on the 13 - 14th September. I have also had an offer to make a documentary with a working film director/ writer who is interested in


Category - Sculpture

Victory Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 42 x 36 x 28 cm Price: £2,000

Bruno Jamaica and Benedict Romain How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? We heard about the prize on artsjobs.org and were really keen to apply, it’s great to see organisations like this supporting emerging artists and we wanted to get involved. When and where did you make your entry? We made Victory in Bruno’s studio in Stoke Newington after a full day marvelling at the amazing collection of Greek sculpture at the British Museum back in April. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? A public urban space, some sort of niche like an archway or crevice, a contemporary architectural structure to replace the idea of the Greek temple where such a work would have stood. Somewhere gritty and dilapidated perhaps. Tell us about where you make your work? Between Bruno’s live/work studio in Stoke Newington and Benedict’s cramped and magical shed in the sticks, space is always tight and mess is always inevitable. Bruno’s space has the benefit of being situated in a large block of studios, a hub of creativity where there are many

like-minded people to engage with. Conversely, the shed is the perfect spot to work undisturbed but for the sound of hooting owls and mating foxes. What is your main goal for the coming year? Continuing to develop this new and exciting collaboration, and to push our personal practices. What is your key inspiration as an artist? A melange of mythology, folklore, psychology, film, everyday normalities, first world problems, and the rich wealth of the history of art. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? In his spare time Bruno Jamaica fights crime. Anything else that we should know about you? We are currently representing the UK in the Santorini Biennale in Greece which runs until the end of September.


Category - Sculpture

Mule Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 135 x 100 x 100 cm Price: ÂŁ7,700

Harumi Foster How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I received an email encouraging me to apply after my degree show in June and I thought it would be a good opportunity to promote my work. When and where did you make your entry? The piece was made in my workshop in Goldsmiths College in 2010. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Because of the subject matter I’d like it to be installed in an isolated shabby space giving a feeling of discovering the piece. Tell us about where you make your work? Usually at the college workshops. What is your main goal for the coming year? To continue developing my work and to see how far I can go with it. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Everyday life. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself?

I have a license to cook poisonous blowfish. Anything else that we should know about you? Recent major works of mine have been featured on a BBC online documentary film at https:// vimeo.com/45388810. In March 2013, I will be


Category - Sculpture

Frankly, It’s Just Benjamin Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 1.5 x 4 x 0.1 cm Price: £999

Sarah-Bernarda Melcer How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I read about it on an art website and thought it would be a good opportunity to present my work to a large audience but also see what industry professionals thought about it. When and where did you make your entry? I promptly made my entry as soon as I found out about the competition when at home in London in July! Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? Galleries are a fantastic way to showcase art in any case but I think that my work neatly fits into any public space. I try and make my work relatable to everyone and anyone so any audience is a always a good audience. Tell us about where you make your work? I plan my work thoroughly before I make it either at home or in my term-time studio but I actually make it at my workplace where I work as an engraver. What is your main goal for the coming year? My goal for the coming year is to develop my work

medium. I enjoy engraving and metalwork and I think it fits into my ideas very well but I would like to challenge myself further and see how I can translate those ideas into another material or medium such as painting or ceramics. What is your key inspiration as an artist? My key inspiration is people and how they dictate things that they are collectively unaware of, such as the economy. The economy and money would be my main inspiration, if the people and their choices, behaviour and opinions behind it all weren’t as interesting as they are. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? If, for whatever reason, I couldn’t be an artist anymore, I would love to be a paleontologist. It’s my hidden passion that surprises everyone! Anything else that we should know about you? No exhibitions planned (for now) but I have also entered the 2012 Aesthetica Art Prize.


Category - Sculpture

One Two Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 135 x 100 x 100 cm Price: ÂŁ7,700

Caroline Pick How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I learnt about the Prize by email from DegreeArt and sometimes I go through a phase of applying for anything that comes my way! When and where did you make your entry? I made it in the studio a year ago. Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? It can be placed anywhere, indoors or outdoors. It looks best in nature. Tell us about where you make your work? I now work in a studio at home in a house into which I have recently moved. There is a big studio downstairs with a view of the river, the fields opposite, the cows and the mudflats. What is your main goal for the coming year? This year I would like to make more varied work in different materials as well as clay and stone. I am interested in the river, the flow of water, and the shapes in the mud exposed at low tide. What is your key inspiration as an artist? I am inspired by Constantin Brancusi, Anish

Kapoor, Christian Boltanski and Susan Hiller. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I am also a yoga teacher and I worked for most of my professional life in TV documentaries! Anything else that we should know about you? I am currently working towards an exhibition in Kings Cross for early 2013.


Category - Sculpture

Notion Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 125 x 360 x 165 cm Price: £2,400

Hans K Clausen How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I heard about the Signature Art prize from a studio colleague who told me ... ‘this could be the one for you’!

What is your key inspiration as an artist? The work of Jannis Kounellis. Seeing his 1993 untitled work (oak beams, hemp rope and bronze bells) convinced me to give up work and get to art school.

When and where did you make your entry? Through the haar of a beautiful dreich summers evening in Edinburgh.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I’m following and recording the daily activities of a builders skip for a year.

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? The foyer of a financial institution’s head quarters would seem a fitting home for my skip sculpture. Tell us about where you make your work? My skip sculpture ‘Notion’(2012) was made during my final year at Edinburgh College of Art, it was constructed in a very clever man’s shed in Crieff. Since graduating I have taken up residency at the new Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, an inspiring community of clever creative people. What is your main goal for the coming year? To learn Greek (I’ve made a promise). To look harder and see more.

Anything else that we should know about you? I have been selected for The Scottish Society of Artists annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in January 2013.


Category - Sculpture

One Two Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 135 x 100 x 100 cm Price: £7,700

Lola Lazaro Hinks How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was emailed by one of the team who saw my work exhibited in The Old Truman Brewery and they recommended that I should enter and now I am very happy that I did! When and where did you make your entry? I started making ‘Hello, world’ in February 2012 in the spare room at home, I converted the bedroom into a studio! Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? The only place I can see the work is in a gallery space. Tell us about where you make your work? I have never had a permanent place to make work. At university I studied photography so there was no studio space dedicated to students, and then at home I have always used a spare room or the garage. What is your main goal for the coming year? My main two goals are to find a permanent studio place where I can work and the second is to travel to four different cities around the world.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? The most inspiring part of being an artist is exploring new realities and creating visions of a possible future. Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? Frida Kahlo inspired me to be an artist, the dark and disturbing qualities within her work I believe are the characters that make an artwork great. Anything else that we should know about you? I have exhibited at The Gallery, Bournemouth, The Old Truman Brewery, London. I was accepted into the 53 Degrees North exhibition but was unable to exhibit due to financial reasons.


Category - Sculpture

Laura Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 229 x 51 x 53 cm Price: £6,300

Megan Rose Skill How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was looking to exhibit more after graduating from wimbledon , I found the Signature art prize which was perfect. When and where did you make your entry? Just after graduating Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? In an art gallery or a sculpture garden Tell us about where you make your work? In a studio with other artists, it’s a great, inspirational environment to create in. What is your main goal for the coming year? To develop some ideas I have , experiment , create more art pieces and take part in exhibitions. What is your key inspiration as an artist? Everything ! My recent work has been heavily influenced by the study of the naked human form in context to the natural environment. I am drawn to the exposed vulnerability of the models I choose and endeavor the capture their character, often by interweaving visual metaphors into the sculpt.

In the sculpture ‘Laura’ the repeating forms of honeycomb are used to express the repeating impulses of a bittersweet obsession. Anything else that we should know about you? I’m taking part in the Nash & Vais exhibition in March 2013 , An exhibition promoting BA/BFA and MA/MFA graduates from Slade, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Camberwell, CSM


Category - Sculpture

Spectral Cartographies Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 120 x 100 x 56 cm Price: £2,500

Monika Sutkute How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I was flicking through different competitions where I could submit my work as a recent graduate or an emerging artist. I found the advert on artshub. com website, calling for entries. It sounded right for me because of the competition’s concept looking for a fresh, young art and artists.

What is your main goal for the coming year? I would love to have my own practice where I could blend art, design and architecture through much more experimental approach. What is your key inspiration as an artist? As an artist I get inspiration from living in multicultural city and from its surroundings. I love discovering unseen things from the past- that gives me a great inspiration.

When and where did you make your entry? This piece was my final degree project, so all of my last year was spent thinking about it, making Finally, tell me something surprising about it, even dreaming about it. yourself? I’ve been brought up in Lithuania, in a very tiny Where do you imagine your entry eventually village, so I always felt close to nature. As a being hung? paradox, half of my life has been spent here in I would love to see it in a gallery or perhaps some England, completely opposite where I have been collector’s home. raised. Tell us about where you make your work? Anything else that we should know about I like space to think, but when it comes to making, you? I prefer my home to university. I like to know my I have an exhibition coming up in Islington Arts surroundings by heart. There is a lot of time Factory called Cabinet Exhibition. Me and other involved to do conceptual research in my work. 39 artists will display our works there. That’s where my studio becomes the city. I love getting lost alone in the city and ideas that comes to mind when you wonder around the streets.


Category - Sculpture

Ballodica Medium: Sculpture Size (H x W x D): 150 x 50 x 50 cm Price: £5,000

Willliam Darrell How did you learn about the Prize and what made you want to enter? I received an email and not wanting to miss an opportunity I entered. I didn’t think I would make it this far.

What is your main goal for the coming year? Try to keep up with all the things I have committed myself to and not fall in to the overwhelming despair of the structureless uncertain life of an artist.

When and where did you make your entry? The idea was to mate two elements that’s properties where compatible. The balloons had all this potential but no direction and the melodica could not be played with out blowing in to it. With some plumbing components, some plastic piping and electrical tape I turned the balloons in to lungs for the organ to breathe.

What is your key inspiration as an artist? I imagine my brain to be like the inside a washing machine churning millions of random thoughts.

Where do you imagine your entry eventually being hung? I am not sure. It has no pitch control and so the high notes really shriek. I can’t imagine anyone wanting it as a replacement for there grand piano. Tell us about where you make your work? I had a lovely studio space at the collage. Imagine a jungle of half finished contraptions, mangled bicycle parts and miscellaneous bargain shop crap.

Finally, tell me something surprising about yourself? I’m just a normal guy, no surprises here. Anything else that we should know about you? I’ve just completed a commission I won for a piece of public art on Charles street Edinburgh. It’s a bronze Rhino head to commemorate a bookshop owned by Jim haynes. I am working with prof Paul Clarke from the school of sustainability on an exhibition next year with my geodesic pod Structure , I was awarded the RSA John Kinross travel scholarship to Florence and the RSA new contemporaries exhibition in April. And on top of that I am now in this. It’s almost too much to handle

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