Art for art's sake - installation wins prestigious prize

Published: 10 June 2009 at 14:57

Honorary gives back to former University in the form of a £2,000 art prize

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An alumnus of Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Supanee Gazeley, has set up a prize to encourage young arts students from the Cambridge School of Art to excel in their chosen media.

Supanee Gazeley, who received an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin in 2007, was a former student of Cambridge College of Arts & Technology (CCAT), a forerunner of what is now Anglia Ruskin University. She enjoyed a forty year career as a leading international business figure,  and is acknowledged for bringing innovative technology from Europe into Hong Kong and in doing so making Hong Kong a serious competitor in the global market within the watch and optical industries.

The Supanee Gazeley Fine Art prize is an award to support and encourage Fine Art students in developing their work. It gives the opportunity for public recognition and celebration of the work of the student judged to have produced the best body of work displayed at the Degree Show, a show which is running at the Ruskin Gallery, East Road, Cambridge.

The prize will be an annual award with a prize of £2000 to support the recipient’s practice. This year the award was presented to Patsy Rathbone for her installation project called, ‘Tell me where she lives’. The Award was presented by Supanee’s husband Albert Gazeley at a private view which was also attended by Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne and Head of the Cambridge School of Art, Professor Anthony Harrild.

‘Tell me where she lives’ (2009) is an installation comprising of acrylic paint, wallpaper and a wooden door. The work focuses around ideas of femininity as a construct, employing familiar and domestic media, such as wallpaper to challenge perceptions and stereotypes.

Speaking about the award, Professor Harrild said;

"Each of the judges agreed that Patsy Rathbone’s outstanding installation merited the award. As the remit of the Supanee Gazeley Prize is to help a developing artist in his or her early career, we hope this award encourages Patsy to develop her work as an artist and progress onto our Master of Fine Art course."

Patsy Rathbone commented:

"I’ve really enjoyed my time as a student at the Cambridge School of Art and I am delighted to have won this new and prestigious prize. The course has helped my artistic practice to develop to a point where I am really excited by the endless possibilities of new work."

Caroline King, Josepha Munoz and Patsy Rathbone were all recognised for their work, installed in the Ruskin Gallery. Patsy’s use of space in installing her work, an essential detail on which the students are partly addressed, was described as space in an ‘inventive and creative way’. Her work stood out to the judges as it succeeds in combining a play with a complex reference to other artists, Marcel Duchamp and Robert Gober, for example, as well as using themes of domesticity and the decorative in a critically framed way.

The judges also ‘highly commended’ the work of Caroline King and Josepha Munoz for their exhibitions which can be seen in the Fine Art studios just off the Ruskin Gallery.

For more information about the prize, Cambridge School of Art Degree Show 2009 or the Master of Fine Art, please contact Sarah Jones, or call 0845 196 2981.

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