Graduate Award Winners 2020

Introducing our two Graduate Award winners from the Belfast School of Art.

Belfast Print Workshop is delighted to welcome our two Graduate Award winners for 2020 from the Belfast School of Art at University of Ulster: Laura Murdy and Fiona Nicholson. The BPW selection panel recognises that 2020 has been a challenging year for all students, and has chosen to grant the award to two graduates whose work was strong both in conceptual development and in the level of production, this despite the adversity of working amidst a global crisis.

We are very proud to be able to offer this residency as part of our ongoing commitment to nurture emerging artists in the atelier tradition. This includes granting a residency to students who do not have a background in printmaking but who we deemed to have potential to find printing as a further development of their practice.

Laura Murdy is a recent graduate of the Belfast School of Art, and her practice is focused on printmaking. She is inspired by movement particularly when studying animals. She expresses movement through a variety of abstract marks using different etching techniques on aluminium plates.

Fiona Nicholson (b. 1998) is a recent BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate from the Belfast School of Art. A concern for sustainability underpins her practice which centres on making art in dialogue with the natural world. Questioning how as artists and makers we can reduce our consumption, Nicholson explores ways of making which are ecologically conscious. While much of her practice is a response to serious environmental and societal concerns, it also speaks to hope, life, and the joy of being.