Winners of prestigious student travel awards announced at Degree Show.
Each year, a handful of students studying at LJMU’s School of Art and Design are awarded prestigious travel prizes, which are intended to broaden their horizons and help further their study interests. This year’s winners of the travel prizes were announced at the School’s Degree Show opening evening.
The first of the awards, the ‘Susan Dunthorne Travel Bursary’ of £500 is open to Level 5 students from all programmes within the School and is intended to allow the winner to travel in connection with exploring the visual arts, for example, to a specific city or gallery, or with a particular theme.
To enter, applicants were required to write a rationale explaining why they would like the award and what they would use the money for.
Usually there is a single award of £500, but this year the award’s trustees decided to award three winners each the £500 bursary. Albina Kourmirova, Fine Art Student has chosen to visit Barcelona, Architecture student, Christopher Shaw, will be visiting Amsterdam, and Jade Collin a Fine Art student, will be sampling the delights of the Venice Biennial.
Jade’s is currently planning her trip. She commented:
"I'm travelling to Venice in July for a week to explore the 55th Venice Biennale, entitled 'The Encyclopaedic Palace'. The award has given me the chance to experience a prestigious, exciting and contemporary art biennial, which will undoubtedly influence, shape and inspire my own art practice. Without the award I would not have been able to do this, and so I am so grateful for such a fantastic opportunity."
The ‘Susan Cotton Travel Awards’ are a long-standing prize open to all level 5 and postgraduate students in the School. Susan Cotton was both an ardent traveller and someone who was a big supporter of LJMU. The award is intended to help students undertake significant domestic or international travel in support of your work and personal development. The emphasis is to explore how extraordinary experiences in unfamiliar places can have a positive and transformative impact on our lives, changing our outlook and exposing us to previously unimagined possibilities.
The awards on offer are three European Awards of £1,400 and two International Awards of £2,200.
Albina Koumirova, Fine Art Student won an international award and will be using it to travel to the Sakhalin Islands. History of Art and Museum Studies student, Kayleigh Davies also won the international award and she will be travelling to Morocco and the United States of America. The winners of the European Awards were: Kelly Gormley, Masters in Architecture who will be travelling the Danube by bicycle, Architecture student Daniel Anderson who has chosen to see Europe by Eurorail and Graphic Design and Illustration student, Jack Hale, who will be travelling to Italy.
Speaking about her award, Kayleigh Davies said:
"The first part of my journey will be a Women's Enhancement Placement in Morocco. This follows on from my interest in feminism and women's rights on a world scale. I think it is important to acknowledge that despite the situation for women in our own country improving somewhat, although not completely resolved either, the issues for women abroad and across the world are far more severe and deserve the attention in the same way as we would hope our own difficulties may be presented. I am really excited to explore the colourful culture of Morocco, hopefully with an authentic tint as I will hopefully be living with a local family in my time there.
"The second part of my trip will be a visit to New York City and a pilgrimage to Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party as it is a huge inspiration to me through both my own practice and my writing. My whole travel experience is to aid my passion for women's rights and to investigate feminism in a more honest form than through secondary research. There is only so much you can learn through books and life is all about experience."
Professor Juan Cruz, School Director commented on the awards:
"We are extremely grateful to the Cotton family and the trustees of the Susan Dunthorne award for their commitment to support significant prizes for our students. The travel awards provide our students with the opportunity to engage with international cultures and expand their personal and academic horizons. We are committed to exposing every student to world class scholarship through the curriculum and this effort is greatly enhanced by real lived experiences of other cultures. As well as gaining personally, the recipients of our international travel prizes also bring back their experiences and both formally and informally share them with their peers and use them to challenge their tutors with new ideas."
Students are encouraged each year to enter the awards, with the round for the 2014 awards starting in 2014.
When the students return from their trips they will be writing a report on their experiences and these will be presented to School’s senior management team and made available on the School of Art and Design webpage
Kayleigh Davies will be regularly blogging about her trip, to follow her progress check her blog: www.inspiredbyliverpool.wordpress.com
Pictured: Professor Juan Cruz speaking at the awards