The Cedric Ford Art Prize and Exhibition 2015
17th January—24th January 2015
Private View: Friday 16th January, 6-9 pm
This January, Surface Gallery will launch its 2015 exhibition calendar when it hosts the annual Cedric Ford Art Prize. The exhibition opens at Surface Gallery before moving to two other venues in the city, and features work from students and alumni of the BA Fine Art course at the University of Nottingham.
There is no set theme and the exhibition of shortlisted works showcases the diverse range of practices by students studying on the course. Selected artwork this year includes drawings, paintings, videos and mixed media works. The accompanying catalogue contains a short piece of reflective writing by each artist, which explains the ideas behind their contribution.
During the exhibition, visitors will see the work of Cedric Ford Art Prize winner, Maud Lannen. Maud’s award-winning video, “Amy”, is part of the “You Are Here” series, recorded at the Little Wolf Parade, Vintage Warehouse, Nottingham, and investigates unconscious feelings and desires triggered by everyday encounters.
Exhibiting alongside the Cedric Ford exhibition are the University’s current Graduate Resident Artists in Fine Art, Shelley MacDonald and Dee Sowden. Shelley, a former resident artist at Surface Gallery in the East Midlands Graduate Project: EM13, and writer-in-residence for EM14, is a familiar face at the gallery. We are pleased to welcome Shelley back for our first show in 2015.
The Cedric Ford Art Prize and Exhibition will open at 6 pm on the 16th January in our top-floor Project Space, and will run in conjunction with the first week of our annual International Postcard Show, which will be held in the gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar, with ales provided by local brewery, Springhead.
Dr Cedric Ford has been a friend and supporter of the University for over 20 years. He has been a major donor on a number of projects during that time.
He was awarded an OBE in 1999 in recognition of his commitment and service to the City of Nottingham and the University and an honorary doctorate in 2002.
The School of education has named the Cedric Ford Art Prize in honour of his continued and much valued support of the study of Fine Art at the University of Nottingham.