Royal Academy recognition for artist Kate

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A University Centre Weston (UCW) art student is celebrating after her work was selected to be part of this year’s Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.

Kate Poole’s etching ‘Tyre’ was among thousands of entries for the prestigious exhibition, which has been held every summer since 1769.

After being informed earlier in the year that the piece had been shortlisted, Kate was recently told that it had been selected for the show by a panel led by acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen.

The Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student was then invited to visit the Royal Academy’s flagship gallery in London’s Piccadilly to see ‘Tyre’ exhibited alongside pieces by famed artists such as Banksy, Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley.

She said: “Tyre encapsulates the thinking behind my work and my concern with the environment.

“I am thrilled my print has been selected, and to see it in the Royal Academy summer show is brilliant.

“I have learnt a great deal on the Contemporary Art and Professional Studies degree and this is a fabulous opportunity to progress as an artist.”

Winscombe-based Kate’s artwork is inspired by her exploration and love of the Somerset landscape, with her curiosity also sparked by the man-made detritus she finds whilst out walking.

Prior to studying at UCW, she completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Weston College, and also worked for 25 years as an art director in the publishing industry.

Kate decided to enrol on the degree so she could continue to develop her passions for drawing, ceramics and printmaking, and she will graduate this summer.

‘Tyre’ will be exhibited as part of the Summer Exhibition until Monday 12th August.

The degrees in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

Please click here to find out more about the course.