Felicity Meacham, who studied Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) at the university, came runner-up in the final of the Graduate Art Prize 2018 for her piece ‘I’m Alright, Hiding Tonight’.
Felicity earned the accolade from a shortlist made up of 23 graduates from around the UK. The prize was launched in 2012 by art consultants ARTIQ. The ceremony was held at the London offices of the award’s sponsor, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Reacting to the announcement, Felicity said she was “in shock”. She added: “I am delighted and overwhelmed to receive the runner-up prize. I’m so grateful for all the votes and support. We actually turned up an hour late to the ceremony, having gone out for pizza, and found out they had been waiting for me to award the prize – oops.”
There are a number of perks to coming runner-up in the prize: Felicity has the chance to sign with ARTIQ, the leading art consultancy in the UK, a partnership which involves having her work rented in various office spaces. Felicity also receives £500 worth of art supplies.
She said: “The Graduate Art Prize and competitions alike are so important in order for artists still fresh out of art school to have viable careers.”