Student has eyes on New York prize

Erin Dickinson
Erin Dickinson
Have your say

A UNIVERSITY student is hoping to shape her future – with glass.

Erin Dickson, 23, has entered her glass sculpture in a prestigious competition which could see her artwork jetting off to the States.

The Saatchi Showdown gives artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork in the Scope Art Fair in New York, as well as winning $500.

Erin, from Sunderland University, who is studying for a PhD in glass and architecture, is one of more than 5,000 entrants hoping to clinch the top prize.

The sculpture, Heaven Starts on the Ground, is made up of 168 separate pieces of glass. It is designed as a 3D representation of light.

Those voted into the top 128 by Monday will be entered into the final of the competition and find themselves one step closer to having their work exhibited in New York.

Erin said: “I love making large-scale sculptures. It’s so much more fun to work with something when it fills the room.

“I’ve always thought that people get more from sculptures when they have to walk all the way around them to fully take it in.”

The artwork has been exhibited at The Sage, Gateshead, The Biscuit Factory, in Newcastle, and will be displayed at Bede’s World, in Jarrow, in March as part of a Sunderland University show.

People can vote for Heaven Starts on the Ground by visiting