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2 May 2007 PR 07/58

Student wins prestigious art prize

Loughborough University Fine Art student Paul Morrison, who originates from Derry in Northern Ireland, has won one of this year’s Boundary Gallery Prizes for Figurative Art.

Final year student Paul (22) was presented with his award of £3,000 at a ceremony on 26 April. For the award Paul submitted a series of three paintings, which examine the nature of the human body.

“As time goes on and our bodies grow older, our knowledge and understanding of our bodies’ capabilities – their limits, risks and ultimately, their mortality – becomes more lucid,” explains Paul. “I’m interested in exploring the effect this realisation has on people’s view of life and also our relationship to other humans, particularly those closest to us.”

The Figurative Art Prize, now in its third year, celebrates the work of the most talented UK art students and is a real chance to spot promising artists of the future. Over sixty students from art schools across the country submitted examples of their work, with a shortlist of ten finalists selected by a panel of judges. Two first prize winners, who each received £3,000, and two runners-up, who received £2,000 each, were then chosen.

“I was extremely surprised to be shortlisted for the Boundary Prize. It was an amazing feeling just to be selected and have the experience of exhibiting in a gallery,” said Paul. “In the future I hope to continue to paint and make a career out of it.”

Another Loughborough University Fine Art student, Joanne Caden, also made the final of the competition.

The work of all ten finalists is now on show at the Boundary Gallery in London from 27 April to 12 May.

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university

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