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Astons artistic talents showcased

Talented students, staff and graduates of the University showcased their creative work in a special campus exhibition which was open to everyone between 6 and 11 March.

The free event was organised by Aston Graduates Association (AGA) and took place on the ground floor of the University’s library where the art work was also judged.

The exhibition featured 43 very different pieces of creative art work, each one individual in style, technique and size. With mediums ranging from acrylic paints to photography, each two-dimensional piece of art work was competing for one of three cash prizes.

The winning piece was a stunning water colour and acrylic painting entitled ‘Air’ by Ady Yong. The second prize was awarded to Aston student, Graham Stubbs, for his creative photograph entitled ‘Bullring Disks’, and the third to Aston academic John Penny for his original oil painting entitled ‘Approaching Hodsac Tunnel Winter 1941’.

The high standard of the entries also resulted in two highly commended awards being issued to Jacqueline Lamb for ‘Owl’ and Gina Roberts for ‘Overhead’.

Aston was a thriving centre for the arts in the 1970s and 1980s when the Triangle Arts Centre and cinema was based on campus. AGA decided to create this competition and exhibition in order to reinvigorate Aston’s artistic side and highlight the creative talents that lie within the University.

Jenny Martin from AGA said: ‘This exhibition is an important step in AGA’s efforts to restore Aston’s status as an artistic campus. We have had an overwhelming amount of support and interest in the exhibition, which is clear from the amount of entries we received, all of which were at a very high quality. We are all very pleased with the success we’ve had so far!’

Charles Steiner from AGA was joined by Mary Lane Barfield in selecting the best pieces of artwork at a special judging ceremony on March 8. Mary is no stranger to Aston as she is an honorary graduate of the University. She is the Development Manager of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ (RBSA) which is based in St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.

For further information please contact Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549.

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