Weston-super-Mare student to get artwork displayed at top London gallery

PUBLISHED: 21:00 21 June 2018

Julie Holt had her artwork selected from more than 20,000 entries. Picture: University Centre Weston

Julie Holt had her artwork selected from more than 20,000 entries. Picture: University Centre Weston


A University Centre Weston (UCW) art student has had her artwork selected for the 250th Royal Academy summer exhibition.

Julie Holt’s mixed-media sculpture was selected from more than 20,000 entries for the prestigious exhibition at the academy’s top gallery in London’s Piccadilly.

The artwork will be displayed next to a vase by Grayson Perry, who is co-curating the show and was part of the committee which picked the pieces.

As well as Julie, who studies contemporary art and professional studies at UCW, other artists who are part of the show include Anish Kapoor, David Hockney and Tracey Emin.

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Julie, aged 53, completed a foundation diploma in art and design at Weston College before progressing to UCW.

She said: “I’m shocked but incredibly proud, to be part of the 250th summer show makes it even more special.

“I love using different materials as I think the tensions, conflicts and conversations between them say a lot about the world.

“This is the first time I’ve entered the competition as I feel like I’ve really found my voice now and can express myself with my craft.

“I also think the fact I came to art later in life after having children and a career which saw me go through challenges and coming out the other side goes to show how important it is to keep persevering.

“I can only thank the lecturers at UCW for their support and guidance over the past three years.”

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Terence Wilson-Fletcher, who co-ordinates the art degrees at UCW, added: “This is really fantastic news for Julie, although not entirely surprising as she is a dedicated and talented student.

“The contemporary art team at UCW are all very proud of her.”

UCW lecturer Paul Thirkell has also been honoured by the Royal Academy by having one of his prints selected for the summer exhibition, which opened to the public on Tuesday and runs until August 19.

The contemporary art and professional studies degrees at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

In its most recent higher education review, UCW was commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for the quality of its student learning opportunities.

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