Isolationists Art Prize – Shortlisted Artists Announced

During lockdown the Isolationists Art Prize competition was launched that invited artists to make artwork in response to the theme Life in Lockdown. 

Any observations, reflections on life experienced during this time; whether it be from their own perspective, that of a loved one, a stranger or from another species were all to be considered. Questions  asked of applicants were ..What has become the new normal? have there been any moments of unexpected calm, joy or discovery during this time?
The competition welcomed various interpretations whether they be humorous, sad, satirical, poignant, sublime or absurd.’

The three judges Julie Lomax (CE0 a-n news) Emily Motto (previous micro resident artist Bolton School of the Arts & Bluecoat resident artist 2020) and our very own Dr David Gledhill (co-director Rogue studios, artist & writer) had the difficult job in selecting the winners.
Shortlisted artists for the two categories newcomers award and current student award can now been seen on our website and below. 

Sam Johnson , head of Bolton School of the Arts will announce the two prizewinners tonight at Unlocked Bolton School of the Arts Creative Show opening. Each will receive an award of Fred Aldous gift vouchers worth £100.

We look forward to seeing you there, please book a ticket via the Eventbrite link below

Short Listed Current Students

Abbie Ditheridge – Hooked
Jo Parker – Crackers
Lisa Kreckeler – Pocket Park
Sally Moss – The Gasp
Shana Khatir – The View from Here is Amazing
Sophie Ogilvy – Abstract Unconventional Sculpture

Short Listed Newcomers

Borbala Korda – Néni
Mateusz Beznitz – Come to quarantine
Natala Ery – Untitled
Pilar Costa – Untitled
Heather Edis-Smith – Nature Shadows (short Film)

To view the main homepage for the University of Bolton Creative Degree Showcase 2020 click here.


FRIDAY 19th June 7pm – 8pm  

School of Arts Creative Show 2020 During this opening event we will be sharing a wide range of work produced by our students who have overcome significant challenges during recent times to create work for their individual creative projects.  These will be shown through a variety of digital formats which will include virtual walkthrough 3D galleries, individual portfolio collections, moving animations and film.  

The evening will commence at 7pm with an opening by the Head of School, Sam Johnson and followed by a showcase highlight of what is on offer within these digital galleries.  

We will also share with you our Industry selected Creative Show Awards which offer an opportunity to celebrate the significant achievements of student work across areas including Art and Design with Foundation, Animation & Illustration, Fashion, Fine Art, Film & Media, Graphic Design, Photography and Textiles & Surface Design. We look forward to seeing you there. 

TO REGISTER – please use the following link to register your place. You will then receive a confirmation email with details of how to access your password for the zoom webinar via Eventbrite and unlock your ticket for entry.

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