Leeds Student’s Artwork Take Up Residency at 5 Wellington Place

A brand new art installation created by four local students from Leeds Arts University has been unveiled at Wellington Place.

Students from across Further and Higher Education courses at Leeds Arts University were invited to submit their best creative entries to be in with a chance of having their art showcased in the reception of 5 Wellington Place. In addition, they’ll each receive £1000.

An exciting collection of entries were submitted by students from various courses including as BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Fine Art, all inspired by Leeds, Yorkshire and the surrounding area. They were also asked to take into account the audience, professional surroundings of Wellington Place and the history of the site.

The proud winners of the competition were:

  • Maisie Campion, BA (Hons) Fine Art: #5 (Emulsion, acrylic, spray paint on canvas)
  • Mel Dewey, MA Creative Practice: Leeds Nostalgia, 2017 (Analogue Photography)
  • Charlotte Curnick, BA (Hons) Illustration: Open For Business, 2017 (Silkscreen Prints)
  • Janice Leung, BA (Hons) Illustration: (Utopian) Leeds, 2017 (Paper on wood)

The winners were selected by a judging panel made up of James Dipple, MEPC chief executive, Slav Sedan, managing consultant at Willis Towers Watson and Harmajinder Hayre, executive partner at Ward Hadaway.

The new installation is the first of four sets of artwork that will be displayed on a quarterly basis throughout the year.

Elli Whitefoot, Careers Employability & Enterprise Assistant Manager, Leeds Arts University, said: “Our students are hugely talented, with fantastic creative minds and abilities. This is a great opportunity to showcase our students and for them to feel as though their potential is truly recognised. The feedback from the judging panel about the quality of entries has been really positive and so encouraging for everyone who submitted an entry.

“I’m really pleased with the installation and I’m looking forward to the next round of entries!”

James Dipple, CEO of MEPC also commented: “I was very impressed by the quality and originality of the submissions. This is an exciting opportunity for us to support and nurture local talent by giving them a space to be inspired by, whilst also offering a professional commission and real life experiences as the students worked to a brief, strict time scale and presented to a full panel of judges.

“Wellington Place, in Leeds has established itself as an outstanding new urban quarter at the business location of choice for leading organisations, so it’s great to be able to offer our customers a unique and inspiring environment in the form of the outstanding quality of work produced by Leeds College of Art students.”