Clara Durán, an MA graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, has been declared the winner of the 2015 Graduate Art Prize, which ARTIQ co-sponsors with the London office of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Clara was awarded the £1,000 prize at a prestigious event at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices, in the heart of the City of London.

The winning artwork, entitled ‘El vapor nace en el silencio’ (Vapour is born in silence), takes the theme of water as the inspiration for talking about the liquid modernity we live in – our fast and fragile society. Clara states: ‘Water is our connector to the universe, and the memory of our planet carried through our bodies. Using photography as the main medium, I push its boundaries and integrate other media such as painting, poetry and performance. Water is not merely represented, but also part of the action by having a presence in the paint on the paper.’

Having graduated from an MA in Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital from Camberwell College of Arts this year, Clara looks set for a bright career in the arts.

The Graduate Art Prize is now growing not only in status, but also in geographical spread, with students from over 30 colleges and universities applying to enter in 2015, including, for the first time, entries from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.