The Cambridge Artworks' ARU Award supports the professional development of graduating artists from the ARU MA Fine Art and print making courses by offering residency time and a free exhibition opportunity to one artist every year. The winning artist is chosen from the MA final exhibition by a panel of independent judges. The Award has been running for three years, continuing through the pandemic, recognising the very difficult times for art students during Covid restrictions.
Our 2022 award winner is Sandra Scott, whose practice focuses on the exploration of issues relating to memory, forgetting and loss through the forms of printmaking and embroidery. Sandra's investigation of the power that we give objects as symbols of memory provides a connection with her work. The interrogation and fusion of printmaking and textiles allows the reconstruction of objects which can be translated into triggers of memory.
"I look forward to experiencing the space within the [Artworks] caravan for reflection and further research exploring absence, presence, and peaceful solitude." - Sandra Scott
The winner of the 2021ARU Award was Ewa Pandera, and the judges were Eleanor Breeze, Emma James and Rachel Wooller.
Based in Cambridgeshire, Pandera was born and raised in an industrial part of Poland. Using traditional and experimental methods of drawing, print, ceramic and video in large-scale installation, Pandera’s practice revolves around a visual process using a variety of media to communicate a personal response to her environment. Throughout the experimentation with materials and tools as well as contextual exploration she attempts to excavate the profound meaning of nature within an anthropological existence.