UCW student’s artwork shortlisted for Royal Academy summer show

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UCW Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student Kate Poole is celebrating after her artwork received recognition by the Royal Academy of Arts.

Her etching ‘Tyre’ has been selected in the first round of competition for the prestigious Summer Exhibition, which is this year being curated by acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen.

Kate will find out at the end of May whether her work will be displayed at the Academy’s flagship gallery in London’s Piccadilly as part of the show.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been selected in the first round from the many entrants to this show.

“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, Kate had a 25-year career as an art director in the publishing industry, and enrolled on the course to develop her passions for drawing, ceramics and printmaking.

The 2018 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition generated more than £5 million in artwork sales and attracted 300,000 visitors, and featured a sculpture by UCW Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student Julie Holt.

The course is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.