Rollits Art Award 2013

Job Seekers by William Heath

Rollits is pleased to announce that William Heath has been awarded this year's "Rollits Art Award 2013" at the School of Art and Design, Hull College, for his painting 'Job Seekers'.

William is a promising painter on the Access Programme at Hull College School of Creative Art. His style and approach to his subjects has matured over the last few years and his latest work focuses on the experience of keeping hope and ambition alive against a background of limited opportunity. This is summed up in the title of the painting, Jobseekers. His hard work, combined with a high level of talent for instinctive paint handling makes him a deserving winner of the Rollits Art Award for 2013.  He hopes to continue his development with an artist's residency in a local community where he can pursue his own brand of contemporary realism.

The standard of work at the College was again of such a high standard that four other students, Lizzy Hayes (Access Fine Art-now studying Fine Art Degree-Edinburgh), Zoe Masterson (BA top up 3D Design Crafts),  Kyran Cressey (Level 3 Interactive Media) and Siobhan Ward (Access - Level 3 Foundation Diploma Art & Design) were also nominated as 'Highly Commended".

A sixth student,  Alex Sach, who is taking an Extended Diploma in Art and Design was given a "Special Recognition" Award which is aimed at the College's younger students who may not be able to compete with the more mature artists … yet!

The School of Creative Arts - Art and Design is located at Park Street and it's excellent onsite facilities include multimedia graphic design suites, purpose built workshops dedicated to 3D/spatial design, jewellery design and ceramics. Specialist Art and Design facilities also include the industry standard photographic studio with associated digital editing suites, fine art studios, textile work rooms with state of the art equipment including computerised dobby looms and fashion and clothing studios/workshops.

This centre is complemented by the Hull School of Art and Design building at the Queen's Gardens site which provides progression routes into specialist study at higher education.

Pat Coyle, Client Relations Director at Rollits LLP said:  "We have been working with The School of Art and Design, Hull College on a variety of projects for several years and we are delighted to sponsor this award to showcase the achievements of the art students at Park Street.  We are always amazed at the calibre of their work when we look around at their end of year show and once again choosing the overall winner was not easy. 

"However there can only be one winner and after hours of deliberation, we finally chose William's painting 'Job Seekers'. "

Marguerite Mackley, Head of School, School of Creative Arts - Art and Design, Hull College commented: "We are delighted that William has won the Rollits Art Award and his work has been recognised in this way. Working with employers and on real projects is essential to the growth and development of our students in preparing them for their future careers. It is fantastic that Rollits continue to support the arts in this way."

Posted on: 10/10/2013

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