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The judges with the winning painting
The judges with the winning painting
Piers Ottey's painting, winner of the University Choice prize
Piers Ottey's painting, winner of the University Choice prize

Press Release - 20 June 2007

Abstract art wins place at University

The winner of the University of Bath Painting Prize has been revealed today as Fiona Robinson for her piece: Opposite ends of a possible path.

Fiona is a highly-regarded artist and the painting is one of an ongoing, award-winning series. She is based in Weymouth and has retained strong links with Bath after working at the Bath Academy of Art in the 1970s.

The competition, which had the theme Innovation & Enterprise, was launched by the University of Bath in May. It was judged by Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University; June Mendoza, a painter and honorary graduate of the University; and Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum.

In addition to giving Fiona the £1,000 prize money, the University bought the winning painting for £1,000. It will hang in the recently refurbished Wessex Restaurant on the Claverton campus.

In a statement about why they had chosen Fiona’s painting, the judges commented on the artist’s interesting use of formal qualities; subtle colour variation, with skilful layering of paint marks and charcoal, and the way in which repeated viewing reveals new elements of surface tones.

Fiona said: “As an artist I constantly place my work in the public arena and to win a prize is a wonderful recognition of all those solitary hours in the studio! The painting is part of a series about journeys and about possibilities. The award of this prize by the University of Bath will allow me to continue to extend those possibilities and for that I thank them.”

The second winner in the competition was Piers Ottey, who won the University Choice prize of £500 for having the most votes from staff and students with his piece Williamsberg and the East River from Times Square with a bit of Norman Foster.

Piers said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win the ‘people’s prize’ and am delighted that my painting has been acknowledged by staff and students at the University.”

People can visit the exhibition of all the short listed paintings in the foyer of University Hall until 29 June 2007.

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