This is the fifth year of the prize being offered to ECA students. It was founded by Mark Astaire, a University of Edinburgh Politics graduate and investment banking professional.
After a judging panel, including Mark and ECA staff, had a chance to look at and discuss all the work, there was a lunch and prize-giving ceremony held in the West Court in the ECA Main Building.
The winner was Lauren Holehouse, a third-year Sculpture – BA (Hons) student. The runners up were Jessica Gasson (Fine Art – MA [Hons]), Hugo Harris (Fine Art – MA [Hons]), and Siobhan McLaughlin (Fine Art – MA [Hons]).
Lauren’s work, Fulfil its creed, is a model of a deflated American football made from plaster and paint. It is inspired by the political activism of Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who have opted to “take a knee” during the national anthem to protest systemic police brutality against black people. Kaepernick is now an unsigned player, most likely owing to his activism.
“I think, as a student, it can be easy to get frustrated with news you hear, but you feel like there’s not really anything you can do about it,” said Lauren, “But I realised that I am here at the college, and I have the facilities and the skills to be able to at least have a reaction to it.”
“I’m conscious that I don’t want to be another white person shouting into the void, but equally I think it’s important to shout with these people, rather than working in the opposite direction.”