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23 Jun 2017

Alumna shortlisted for prestigious John Ruskin Prize
 
Alumna Louisa Boyd, who graduated from the University in 2012, recently reached the shortlist for the prestigious John Ruskin Prize.
 
The John Ruskin Prize is now in its fourth year and welcomes entries from both emerging and established artists in the UK. The 2017 exhibition theme is ‘Artist as Polymath’ and the selection panel chose a group of artists whose pieces use diverse materials and techniques, and a take a multidisciplinary approach to their work.
 
Louisa was selected from over 1,000 entrants and reached the final shortlist of 25 artists, makers and innovators – all contemporary Polymaths whose work defies catergorisation, dissolves boundaries and disregards the conventions of their chosen materials and disciplines. Louisa’s artwork shortlisted for the prize is titled ‘Cartography I’ and consists of a Turkish map fold book with etched pages, hand-tooled leather cover and collagraph end papers.
 
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Caption: An example of Lousia's 'Cartography I' artwork.
 
Louisa said: “‘Cartography I’ uses abstract imagery to evoke ideas of mapping and is part of a series of works that explore ideas of human existence and a sense of place through symbols and technique. I often consider place and its meaning to an individual in my work. Tradition, both familial and cultural, lie at the heart of my artistic practice and in many instances I am considering memory and knowledge and how this is transferred across generations.”
 
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Caption: Another example of Lousia's 'Cartography I' artwork.
 
She added: “I'm so pleased to have received recognition for one of my artist's books through being shortlisted for this year's John Ruskin Prize. Working with the artist's book as an art form means that each piece I make relies heavily on a variety of techniques to bring concept and visual aesthetics together and often my work sits on the boundary of fine art and craft. It is for this reason that I am so pleased to have been selected as part of the shortlist for this prize, as it is recognising exactly this area of the arts. I am really looking forward to seeing the shortlist exhibition as the theme promises an eclectic mix of innovative and unique work.”
 
Louisa’s artwork is currently displayed as part of the John Ruskin Prize 2017 Shortlist Exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield and will remain there until October 8, 2017.
 
Louisa will also have artwork displayed at the Grosvenor Museum Open Exhibition in Chester from June 21. You can find out more about Louisa and her work on her website: http://www.louisaboyd.com.
 
For more information about the John Ruskin Prize, please visit: http://www.ruskinprize.co.uk.