Plymouth School of Artwork selects Sunny Artwork Prize winner as Lead for Portray, Drawing & Printmaking

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@PlymouthArt School appoints Sunny Artwork Prize 2020 winner as Topic Lead for BA (Hons) Portray, Drawing and Printmaking 

BA (Hons) Portray, Drawing & Printmaking college students at Plymouth School of Artwork are making ready to welcome the faculty’s latest appointment, incoming Topic Chief Richard Kenton Webb, who has been introduced as winner of the celebrated worldwide Sunny Artwork Prize 2020.

From the beginning of November, Richard will be a part of Plymouth School of Artwork from his earlier function as Programme Lead on BA (Hons) Drawing & Print at College of the West of England. He has in depth expertise in varied educating roles at establishments together with The Slade College of Advantageous Artwork, London and The Royal Drawing College, London over the past thirty years. He has taught at among the most revered artwork schools within the UK and brought half in lots of residencies abroad, together with The British College, Rome; Cité Worldwide des Arts, Paris; SACI Worldwide, Florence; LARQ, Tasmania, Australia; and Tao Hua Tan, China.

Richard mentioned: “I really like educating. For me, educating is a vocation, and I’m so keen about serving to every scholar to search out their very own distinctive voice. I’m at all times in search of new methods to speak and share complicated concepts. My educating and my inventive apply are completely interlinked, I’ve a lot to offer at this stage.

“Having visited Plymouth for the previous 10 years, I’ve watched as Plymouth School of Artwork has grown, pondering to myself ‘now that’s an actual artwork college’! It has been my dream job to show Portray, Drawing and Printmaking on the school for some time – after which it occurred! As I toured the services, I may really feel myself getting increasingly more emotional. The ethos and mentality of the faculty is every thing I stand for.

“Plymouth is such a wonderful metropolis, I’d problem anybody to be led as much as the Hoe and look out over the water and Drake’s Island and never be moved. Doesn’t it simply make you wish to bounce and dance round?”

Richard is an artist with portray, drawing and printmaking on the coronary heart of his apply, even making his personal paints and inks with pure pigments. He’s at the moment engaged on a collection of imaginative drawings, work and linocuts, impressed by John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Misplaced, which has led him to new interdisciplinary collaborations with The British Milton Seminar, Baylor College in Texas and The Milton Society of America.

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Integrity and Consciousness by Richard Kenton Webb (2018) Oil on board

He has exhibited internationally and has work in collections within the UK, Europe, China, Mauritius, Japan, Australia, the USA and Canada. Richard’s most up-to-date reveals have been in Texas on the Martin Museum of Artwork in Emergence, curated by Dr Richard Davey; and on the Sokei Academy, Tokyo in Seer: European Portray & Drawing, curated by John France. might be collaborating within the Paris Up to date Drawing Honest in 2021 and has been invited to the Josef and Anni Albers Residency, USA in 2022.

Stephanie Owens, Head of College for Arts + Media at Plymouth School of Artwork, mentioned: “We’re thrilled to welcome Richard as our new Topic Lead for BA (Hons) Portray, Drawing & Printmaking. His years of educating experience and expertise inside his personal inventive apply will contribute significantly to the programme, supporting a palms on method to essential pondering, in addition to selling the continued relevance of material-based practices as an entire. Throughout a difficult yr for each college students and lecturers, this appointment and Richard’s well timed win of the Sunny Artwork Prize earlier than becoming a member of us, units a beautiful instance for our college students and reminds us all to try for excellence even within the face of adversity.”

Profitable the Sunny Artwork Prize 2020

The Sunny Artwork Prize is an internationally recognised artwork competitors, hosted by the Sunny Artwork Centre in London. The advantageous artwork prize, based within the UK, is a world platform providing artwork alternatives for rising and established artists to showcase their work internationally. The competition additionally offers the prize-winners the chance to be a part of a one month artist residency, with the Artist Residency Programme, which was organised in collaboration with established Chinese language Artwork establishments, offering the prospect to interact with traditionally and culturally wealthy locations in China. 

The award asks artists to submit work exploring urgent modern points, elevating consciousness of world themes starting from local weather change, the present worldwide debate relating to immigration and refugees to our notion of id, gender and rather more. Entrants had been in a position to submit work from plenty of completely different disciplines, from portray and sculpture to ceramics and drawing in addition to digital choices corresponding to video artwork and blended media installations.

Richard’s piece Wreck, an oil portray on board, questions the motives and values that lie behind our actions and selections that regularly trigger the issues the world faces.


 Wreck by Richard Kenton Webb (2017) Oil on board

Richard mentioned: “I made the portray Wreck throughout a time of intense oppression, and while my work sustained me by that deep misery, it now has a lifetime of its personal. I like making what I’m carrying, and what must floor. I wish to open up a dialog concerning the abuse of energy. Is the boat sinking or has it simply run aground? I’m telling myself that I cannot be destroyed, as a result of at excessive tide, the boat will float away safely. I wish to deliver hope.”

Richard, by touchdown first prize, wins a £3,00zero money prize, a solo and group exhibition on the Sunny Artwork Centre in London, in addition to a one month lengthy residency and group present in China, both in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou.

Richard mentioned: “It was unbelievable to win such a prestigious artwork prize! I really feel very excited concerning the potentialities and potential worldwide collaborations that this award opens up, for each myself and Plymouth School of Artwork.”

Plymouth School of Artwork is a specialist unbiased Greater Schooling Establishment (HEI) run by artists and designers for artists and designers. Based in 1856, the School, a Founding Affiliate of Tate Change, provides a spread of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Diploma research throughout Artwork, Design and Digital Media – combining over 160 years of historical past with up-to-the-minute pondering and cutting-edge services. Our two metropolis centre campuses are additionally house to the general public Gallery and Fab Lab Plymouth, and we provide a spread of quick programs, masterclasses, and a programme of Younger Arts actions together with the School’s decades-old Saturday Arts Membership and robust affiliation with the Nationwide Saturday Membership. In June 2017, Plymouth School of Artwork was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark by Social Enterprise Mark CIC for its systemic dedication to social enterprise. That is the one internationally obtainable social enterprise accreditation scheme, a trademark for organisations whose enterprise is primarily to create advantages for individuals and planet, with a assured dedication to creating optimistic social change. In 2018 the Greater Schooling Coverage Institute (HEPI) ranked Plymouth School of Artwork as Fifth of all HEIs within the UK for sophistication equality and widening participation.

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