The Batsford Prize 2015 winners

The theme for the Batsford Prize 2015 was ‘Past and Present’ and in addition to prize for Applied and Fine Arts, this year also had a Batsford Prize for Fashion, again open to students. We started the prize for applied and fine arts because Batsford is well known for its applied art and particularly its textile books. However, we have been publishing books on fashion for almost just as long so to have a separate prize for fashion definitely feels right.

This year we had a record number of entrants for the Applied/Fine art prize and very, very encouraging numbers for the fashion prize.

The judges – Vaughan Grylls, Jean Draper, Thomas Makryniotis and Dierdre Clancy, Katie Cowan – and I have enjoyed the process of considering all the entrants, which were of a very high standard and produced some ding-dong discussions which only calmed down on the intake of lunch and some Prosecco.

But that is the point of the prize (arguing rather than drinking): to give all the entrants our full consideration. Each of the judges found something different in the entries and championed elements not considered by others. All sorts of things jumped out of us as we went through the entries. Sometimes it was the humour of the piece, sometimes the sadness. Sometimes it was the kinkiness – one judge particularly liked the latex corset for men. Sometimes it was the unusual technique that caught our eye, such as the etching on Emily Godden’s piece, or the plasterwork on the sculpture by Elyse Bennett.

But the thing that the judges always noted and wanted to applaud particularly was the sheer amount of work that had gone into the entries. A huge congratulations to all the entrants for the work and the quality. And a special thanks to all the tutors that encouraged their students to apply.

After some arguing, closer inspection and thought, we managed to reduce the shortlist down to three final entries in each category. So, many, many congratulations to:

Fine/Applied Arts:

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, for Past Present (winner)
Katrina Ellis, Norwich University of the Arts, London Edit 6 (runner up)
Cara Green, Plymouth University, Stitched Self (runner up)

Fashion:

Ella Seal, Nottingham Trent University, Captain Duffle Cape (winner)
Tarsianna Nkuranga, Coventry University, Past and Present (runner up)
Katherine Taylor, Loughborough University, That which is Absolutely Still or Absolutely Perfect is Absolutely Dead (runner up)

 

Winners

I would like to send a big thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

– Tina Persaud, Publisher, Batsford

Fine/Applied Arts:

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, for Past Present (winner)

Constantin Malmare

Katrina Ellis, Norwich University of the Arts, London Edit 6 (runner up)

Katrina Ellis

Cara Green, Plymouth University, Stitched Self (runner up)

Cara Green

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, Past Present

Fashion:

Ella Seal, Nottingham Trent University, Captain Duffle Cape (winner)

Ella Seal

Tarsianna Nkuranga, Coventry University, Past and Present (runner up)

Tarsianna Nkuranga

Katherine Taylor, Loughborough University, That which is Absolutely Still or Absolutely Perfect is Absolutely Dead (runner up)

Katherine Taylor

 

The Batsford Prize 2014 winners

The theme for this year’s Batsford Prize (2014) was ‘Working in Three Dimensions’ and entry was again open to students studying textiles, design, fine art, photography and illustration. The deliberations have been as much fun as last year. The judges – Vaughan Grylls, Jean Draper, Katie Cowan and myself – had quite a heated debate over lunch, coffee, tea and sticky chocolate biscuits, as there were some very interesting and provocative entries. They made us smile, nod, wrinkle our brows, look again, and even laugh.

The standard of the work was once again extremely high and all the judges were impressed by the range of the work as well as their quality. There was some very accomplished technique on display as well as original creative concepts. The work ranged from sewing your clothes around your body as you are wearing them, 3D printing, knitted sculpture to cast pewter work and detailed goldwork embroidery.  As the publisher of a book list on textile art, I was delighted to see so much stitch and fabric on display.

After some agonizing, we managed to reduce the short list down to three final entries. However, we were unable to decide on the ultimate winner as two entries stood out so strongly. So we have decided to award joint first prize to two entrants. So, many, many congratulations to:

Waikeung Lam, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, for The Use of Useless (winner)

Hyeyoung Maeng, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts in Lancaster University, for Big Bracelets (winner)

Hannah Newton, Falmouth University, for Mark of the Maker (runner up)

Fiona Ward, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, for Floating (special commendation) 

I would like to send a big thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

Tina Persaud

Batsford Publisher

 The winners of the Batsford prize 2014

Winners

Hyeyoung Maeng, Hannah Newton, Waikeung Lam and Fiona Ward

Waikeung Lam, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, The Use of Useless

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Huyeyoung Maeng, Lancaster University, Big Bracelets

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Hannah Newton, Falmouth University, Mark of the Maker

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Fiona Ward, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Floating

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The Batsford Prize 2013 Winners 

As one of the judges for the Batsford Prize, open to undergraduates in applied and fine arts, I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at some thought-provoking and innovative applied and fine art from the entrants. The theme of the entries this year was ‘The Written Word’ and entry was open to students studying textiles, design, fine art, photography and illustration.

The standard of the work was very, very high and all the judges were impressed by the calibre of the work, both creatively and technically. We thoroughly enjoyed the process of looking through and discussing the entries (and the lunch that went with it). The work ranged from an alternative publication format that was sewn, collage, stitched writing, ‘painted’ writing to reworkings of a dress pattern.  As the publisher of a book list on textile art, I was delighted to see cutting-edge use of stitch and cloth in so much of the work.

The judging panel, after some deliberation, whittled the entries down to a shortlist and then down to the final three: one winner and two runners up. While there were slight differences in our preferences, there was one stand-out  entry that was highlighted by all the judges. The two runners-up entries were also strong pieces of work that were selected by the judges.  So many, many congratulations to:

Jessica Kopka, University of Huddersfield, for Overcoming 2012 (winner)

Kate Whitton, Norwich University of Arts, for A Polish Narrative (runner up)

Victoria Pickering, University of Ulster, for A Package of Dreams (runner up)

I would like to send a huge thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

Tina Persaud

Batsford Publisher