A WOKING student is one of five creative graduates from Southampton Solent to be given a blank canvas from which to launch their art career.
Alix De Courcy earned the prize after winning a place on the university’s Graduate Artists in Residence Award. Each year, final-year students studying at the University’s School of Art are invited to apply for the award, which culminates in an exhibition at the university’s gallery, Solent Showcase.
Funded and supported by Showcase, the award provides graduates with the time, money and space to make and exhibit new work over the summer. Over the course of three months each of the successful graduates will receive £500 to cover the cost of materials; free use of the university’s large studios; and support and mentoring from the gallery curators at Solent Showcase.
Curator Les Buckingham said: “The scheme teaches the successful applicants how to work with gallery staff and make the transition from student to professional. It encourages graduates from different backgrounds to work together to create a harmonious exhibit.”
Former Godalming College student Alix, 21, will be using the residency to develop her printing techniques. Her last two university projects on her BA (Hons) illustration degree were serious and she is looking forward to doing something more light-hearted for the exhibition.
She said: “My plan is to focus on illustrating random facts, entitled Did You Know? For instance, the most stolen book in America is The Bible.”