One of the changes to the categories of The Undergraduate Awards in 2017 is the inclusion of a new Visual Arts category.
The Visual Arts category is designated specifically for the practical coursework component of art, craft and design students. Students of all areas of Art including photography, textiles, sculpture and more are eligible to submit to the category.
Unlike the rest of the paper-based categories in The Undergraduate Awards, the Visual Arts category requires students to submit images from their artist’s portfolio in .pdf or .jpeg format, with no more than 10 images are to be submitted, including one installation photo. Links to anonymous YouTube/Vimeo links may be included if appropriate.
Eligible submission is required to include an Artist Statement (max 500 words) along with the portfolio of your work. You can read our full submission guideline here.
Mohammed Sami Ali Amili from Ulster University was the Global Winner of the Visual Arts category in 2017 with his work titled ‘Paintings’, which was the result of his direct experience with the Iraq war. It was praised by the Judging Panel who commented:
The paintings deal with an aesthetic pravis that needs to avoid the aestheticisation of horror and are an actualisation of a cultural concern
Previous Highly Commended Entrants in the category included Maansi Jain from New York University, who currently works as an artist in Berlin and has published several works on Broadly and i-D Magazine; and Susanne Wawra from the National College of Art & Design, who was one of four artists featured in the Irish Times’ list of “50 people to watch in 2017“.
We are very excited to see all the submissions we receive into this new category!