CASW Student Award 2017
CASW awards each year a prize of £1,500 to a higher degree student attending a fine art course at a university in Wales. The intention is to give some financial support to a deserving student that will enable them to complete their course and provide some initial transition from graduation into professional practice.
The recipient of the CASW Student Award for 2017 was Sarah Holyfield. Sarah originally studied the science of zoology developing a career in teaching. A lifelong interest in art led her as a mature student to undertake a degree n fine art at Bangor University graduating with first class honours in 2014. Continuing with the MA programme she has this year been awarded an MA in fine art with distinction.
Throughout her studies Sarah has been interested in the boundaries between science and art. Sarahs work is eclectic in terms of both media and ideas. She uses traditional materials like clay and stitching but also photography, video, sound and digital production. Similarly, she has a wide rang of conceptual interests, from asemic writing that looks legible but makes no sense, through to exploring ideas such as virtual reality and virtual money. In her own words Sarah asserts ….
‘Our recent experience of elections and socials media have shown a huge growth in ‘echo chambers’, and ‘fake news’ – how do we know what is real’