Student and alumna of UEL’s Fine Art programmes shortlisted for contemporary art prize
Artists chosen as finalists for Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize for their work about London
A University of East London (UEL) postgraduate student and a University alumna have been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize.
The award, in its first year, focuses on new work and the theme ‘London’. Doreen Fletcher and Helen Pritchard are among 10 finalists chosen from more than 200 submissions by a panel of critics and artists.
Professor Hassan Abdalla, PVC/Dean for the UEL’s College of Arts, Technology and Innovation (ATI), said, “The recognition is a testament to the exceptionally creative work being done by UEL students and graduates. I am so proud of the talents of our Fine Art students and graduates.”
MA Fine Art student Doreen told the Evening Standard that her interest lies in the pockets of life that are ignored every day. Her ‘Salmon Lane’ (top image) is part of a series of paintings produced after a visit to Stepney, where she lived from 1983-2006.
She said, “I have been reflecting on how much still remains from that period along with forming an appreciation of how those who have stayed and still inhabit it have adapted to the rapidly changing environment.
“The area was once badly run down partly as a result of bomb damage and very few lived there by choice. Today some streets and buildings remain as reminders of that past and they are left to compete with more modern concepts of London that have gradually emerged since the closing of the docks and small local industries and trades.”
Helen Pritchard, who is from South Africa, said her ‘To Make a Sculpture’ (lower image) is a symbol of what her adopted city means to her. Helen is a graduate of UEL’s BA (Hons) Fine Art programme.
She said, “This painting represents a turning point from a traditional way of painting. I was free to explore and experiment with new ideas, using material I found on the streets chosen because of form, texture and colour.
“These dualities of place are fervent in my work after living in London for 20 years. This painting marks a departure but also the importance of individuality. It is about then and now. “
The winner of the Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize will be announced 26 October. The prize is accompanied by £10,000.