Arabella's making plans for Venice

Published: 8 July 2015 at 15:16

Arabella Marsh-Hilfiker with Mark Wood

MA Illustration and Book Arts student wins first ever Mark Wood Art and Design scholarship

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Arabella Marsh-Hilfiker is planning a summer holiday with a difference after becoming the first recipient of the Mark Wood Art and Design Scholarship - she is hoping the £2,500 award will help her secure a place at an international residency for emerging artists in Venice.

Every year, the Mark Wood Art and Design Scholarship will be awarded to the Cambridge School of Art Masters student who received the highest marks in their undergraduate degree.

Arabella, who is 24 and studying part-time for the MA Illustration and Book Arts, said: "I'm very grateful to be receiving this award, which is a huge encouragement.

"I'm really excited about the possibility of using the scholarship to attend an international residency specifically for emerging artists. The residency is in Venice and, with the money, I can afford a four-week stay there with access to the studios and technicians' help.

Arabella Marsh-Hilfiker's interpretation of Mozart's 'Magic Flute'

"It is something I have to apply for, but if I get accepted it would mean I could complete the project I have been working on this semester as well as learning a whole bunch more and making some great contacts."

Mark Wood is an alumnus and Honorary Award holder of Anglia Ruskin, and amongst his other roles is Chair of the NSPCC.

He said: "I'm delighted that the first year's award of this Scholarship is making it possible for such a talented student to enhance their studies in this exciting way.

"It was a pleasure to meet Arabella and to hear about her plans to use this award to attend the artists' residency in Venice. I wish her every success with that, and with the final year of her studies."