Marley Treloar announced as winner of The Graduate Art Prize 2016

We are delighted to announce that Marley Treloar, a Canadian artist living and working in London and recent graduate from the University of Gloucestershire, has been declared the winner of the 2016 Graduate Art Prize, co-sponsored by ARTIQ and the London office global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

Marley was awarded the £1,000 prize, along with the offer to sign as an artist with ARTIQ at a prestigious event on November 8th at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices, in the heart of the City of London.

Marley Treloar said of her win: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed at having won The Graduate Art Prize 2016. The experience will be invaluable to me. I’m hoping to work more ambitiously with the help of the prize money and only have positive thoughts as I continue my art career and my art education.’

The winning artwork, entitled ‘Gardens’ looks at the ideas and themes of family bonds through an abstract gaze. Marley states: ‘My work reflects on nostalgia, history and family values and aims to explore how abstract art is made today and how the foundations of abstract practice informs how contemporary abstract artists work today.’

Marley Treloar. Gardens. 2016

Marley Treloar. Gardens. 2016

Helen Buckley, Arts Manager at ARTIQ commented: “The panel of judges were really impressed by Marley’s themes of family values and her beautifully executed figurative painting. Her use of a variety of mediums in her work shows a maturity and exploration within her practice. We are seeing an increase in engagement and number of votes every year and it is exciting to see the momentum that the prize is gathering, as well as the continued outstanding quality of submissions we receive.”

Now in its fourth year, the prize is open to all final-year students on BA and MA degree courses at British art colleges and universities. Its reach and status are growing year on year and it continues to move beyond the major London teaching institutions to colleges and universities from every corner of the UK.

We would like to thank Herbert Smith Freehills for their continuing support and all of the talented artists who submitted their work.

Click here to find out more about The Graduate Art Prize.

Details on how to apply for next year coming soon.