Top award for Sunderland art student

An art student from Sunderland has won a major award for the work she has created at a top university.

Tuesday, 18th June 2019, 12:28 pm
Ashleigh Robinson with her prize

Ashleigh Robinson has won this year’s £3,000 Supanee Gazeley Fine Art Prize, awarded for work she exhibited at the BA Fine Art Degree Show at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Ashleigh exhibited work that builds on the “expanded painting” concept – using fabric, stitching, acrylic paint and found materials, combined with an installation that manipulates light and its effect on these materials. 

The 21-year-old says she is passionate about art education and, after graduating from ARU’s Cambridge School of Art, she plans to train an art teacher

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She said: “I am overwhelmed by the feedback my work hace received. Winning the prize feels extremely surreal and I could not be more grateful for the recognition and honour of receiving such an award. 

“It encourages me to qualify as a teacher and to help others learn the importance of expressing themselves through a love and passion for art.”

Benet Spencer, course leader, said: “Ashleigh’s artwork engages the viewer and is both beautiful and haunting.”

The Supanee Gazeley Fine Art Prize is funded by Supanee Gazeley, an alumna of ARU who graduated in 1962. 

She has held numerous art exhibitions around the word and is an honorary doctor of the University.

The prize recognises the value of the arts and the importance of nurturing new talent, and supports and encourages fine art students in further developing their work. 

Anglia Ruskin University is ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the  Times Higher Education World University Rankings.