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Fine Art graduate shortlisted for prestigious international award

Northern Irish artist and UCA alumna Maureen Jordan, who graduated from our MA Fine Art course in 2015, is one of 25 artists who have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016. Selected from more than 1,890 entries by over 740 artists, the shortlist includes artists from Europe, Iran, China, India, South Africa, North, Central and South America, working across mediums such as sculpture, digital, painting, photography and other art forms. The prizes will be awarded to three of the shortlisted artists in the final stage of the competition.

A partnership between international law firm Ashurst and the Oaktree & Tiger Gallery in Kensington, the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize celebrates new talent entering the world of art. The winning prize is £3,000 and a solo exhibition, with the winner due to be announced in June. 

“To be selected as one of the shortlisted artists feels fantastic,” said Maureen. “It's an encouragement to keep going, and an affirmation as there is such great work in the selection.”

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

Created for her final show at UCA Canterbury, Maureen’s work, Stains, is an installation piece featuring stained glass fragments set within a reclaimed bedframe, referencing a cathedral window. “This work is fragmented, shattered, with a woman at its centre.  There’s a contrast between the old bedframe and the delicate glass. I think of it as a contrast between the sacred and the profane, the light and the dark,” said the artist.

Maureen says that actually winning the prize would assist her in seeking highly competitive residencies and commissions. “But even to have reached this stage is a huge boost to my confidence as I’m in such good company,” she said.

At UCA, we have a long history of nurturing talented fine artists, with alumni including the likes of Tracey Emin and Turner Prize winner Simon Starling. You can find out more about our range of Fine Art courses here.

To find out more about the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, and to see the shortlisted artworks, visit their website.