Theo Bargiotas crowned winner of The Graduate Art Prize 2018

ARTIQ is proud to announce the winner and runner up of The Graduate Art Prize 2018. The winner is artist Theo Bargiotas for his work ‘Untitled’.

Theo studied for his MFA at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, where he achieved a Distinction under the tutelage of Dr John Cussans and leading light of the contemporary art world, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. His prize includes a contract with ARTIQ, a £2000 cash prize from long-time sponsor and supporter, Herbert Smith Freehills, who also hosted the awards ceremony and a £500 art voucher from this year’s new, additional sponsor Atlantis Art Supplies.

Thanks to the generosity of Atlantis Art Supplies, who also supplied a second £500 voucher, this year ARTIQ was also able to award a first ever runner-up prize to Felicity Meachem for her work entitled ‘I’m alright, hiding tonight’. Felicity Meachem, a BA Graduate from the University of Brighton, will also be awarded an ongoing representation contract with ARTIQ.

The Graduate Art Prize, an increasingly influential awards programme now into its sixth year, is open to all final-year students on BA and MA degree courses at British art colleges or universities. This year saw a shortlist of 23 artists and artworks selected from an increasing pool of high-quality submissions.

Patrick McCrae, CEO of ARTIQ, commented ‘Art, as ever, functions as society’s antenna, and this year the subject matter of the finalist art was filled with themes concerning all of us right now, from gender and national identity to mental health and artificial intelligence. We are incredibly proud to be able to support these fascinating emerging artists and help them achieve a sustainable long-term career from their art.’

Theo Bargiotas commented on his win, ‘It is truly a pleasure to be a part of The Graduate Art Prize. Winning enables my cosmology to be communicated to an audience outside of the strictly academic world, which is a necessary process for artist and audience. All in all, winning a prize is of course enjoyable but the most significant aspect is that the work gets seen. The bigger the prize, the greater the audience, and this is what pleases me.’

Runner-up Felicity Meachem commented, ‘I’m delighted and overwhelmed to be the first person to receive the Runner-Up’s prize! I’m still in shock and I’m so grateful for all the votes and support. As well as generous art supplies, the chance to sign with ARTIQ will be an invaluable experience. Opportunities such as The Graduate Art Prize are so important in order for artists, still fresh out of Art School to have viable careers.’

The shortlisted finalists, who each have been invited to be ARTIQ artists, were:

Ahae Kim (Slade School of Fine Art)
Alexander Fox-Robinson (Carmarthen School of Art)
Amir Behbahani (University of West London)
Andrei Costahe (Slade School of Fine Art)
Andrew Loggie (City of Guilds of London Art School)
Camila Quintero (Camerwell College of Arts)
Demi Bromfield (Lancaster University)
Felicity MeachEm (University of Brighton)
Hannah Regal (Slade School of Fine Art)
Isabel Mills (Newcastle University)
Jiarui Li (Royal College of Art)
Judy McKenzie (Royal College of Art)
Kaethe Butcher (Camberwell College of Arts)
Liqing Tan (Slade School of Fine Art)
Maximilian Wasinski (Slade School of Fine Art)
Min Zhao (Slade School of Fine Art)
Oliver Hoffmeister (Newcastle University)
Phillip Reeves (Goldsmiths)
Qiujun Chen (Camberwell College of Arts)
Radek Husak (Royal College of Arts)
Samson Edward Tudor (Loughborough University)
Sooyoung Chung (Royal College of Art)
Theadoros Barigiotas (University of Oxford)
William Stockwell (Newcastle University)

Congratulations to our finalists, runner-up and winner and a huge thank you to all who entered, voted and supported the sixth year of The Graduate Art Prize. Details for next year’s prize will be announced in Summer 2019. Watch this space!