UCW lecturer honoured by the Royal West of England Academy of Arts

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University Centre Weston (UCW) lecturer Dr Paul Thirkell has been awarded the title of Academician by the Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA).

The accolade recognises his excellence as an artist, and also his experience in exhibiting his work both in the UK and abroad.

Paul was elected to the role by the organisation’s other Academicians after showcasing his work at the Clifton gallery’s Annual Exhibition Open event in the summer.

Being elected as an Academician means he can use the title of RWA, take advantage of increased opportunities to exhibit, and also give talks and benefit from being part of the Academy’s professional community of artists.

He said: “I am really honoured that what I do has been acknowledged by my fellow artists, and I would like to say thank you to the RWA for this recognition.”

A spokesperson for the RWA added: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to our membership of Academicians.

“Selected by peers as a recognition of excellence, these artists are of vital importance to the organisation.

“We look forward to working with Paul and seeing his contributions to our exhibition programme.”

Paul, who is Australian but has lived in the UK since the mid-1990s, has been lecturing on UCW’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies degrees for four years.

He teaches the professional studies aspects of the programmes, which are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

Paul’s artistic specialism is printmaking – his work combines traditional and modern printmaking techniques to create brightly coloured images that reflect upon the dissemination of information.

He received his doctorate from the UWE Bristol, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Printmakers, and is currently writing a book with the Benrido Collotype Atelier organisation in Kyoto, Japan, about the use of collotype printing by artists.

Please go to www.paulthirkell.com to view his work.