Film still from the winning work MULTIPLICITY by artist duo Jessica Thomas and Clive Kudakwashe.
Interactive sculpture by runner up Francesca Hobbs. Image © Elephant Magazine.
Paintings by runner up Laura Frances Coyne.
Performance work by Justina Lobley.
In July, our director was on the judging panel with four other judges for the Free Range Fine Art Week 2017. The other judges included Robert Dingle, Curator at Art Fund, Tristan Pigott, Artist, Amah-Rose Abrams, Arts Writer and Emily Steer, Author at Elephant Magazine.
Each year Free Range showcases a series of graduate art and design exhibitions at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London. When the exhibitions take place the company awards several prizes to the most outstanding artists, designers and collectives for that year. The initiative attracts exhibits from a wide range of art schools outside of London. This year the Fine Art Week housed exhibits from art schools including:
University of Hertfordshire, Hereford College of Arts, Arts University Bournemouth, Oxford Brookes University, Northbrook Metropolitan Collegey, Batley School of Art, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, University of Lincoln, Leeds College of Art, Winchester School of Art, Loughborough University, The University of Northampton, University of the Arts London Awarding Body and Norwich University of the Arts.
The winners of this year’s Fine Art Week were Jessica Thomas and Clive Kudakwashe from Arts University Bournemouth for their video piece 'MULTIPLICITY', which explores contemporary consumerism through the lens of afro futurism and augmented reality.
The two runners up were painter Laura Frances Coyne from Leeds College of Art and designer sculptor Francesca Hobbs from Loughborough University, as well as Leeds College of Art for overall best collective show.
The judging process was tough, with a broad range of work that the judges found both technically and conceptually impressive.
Dais Contemporary congratulates all those who took part in the exhibitions this year, and those who won the Free Range awards.