Hongzhi Zhu, a Jewellery and Silversmithing - BA (Hons) student in her second year, has won the Lunts Castings Prize in the 2016 British Art Medal Society (BAMS) student competition. Her design looked at the contemplative but also euphoric nature of dog walking. She was one of ten winners selected from 132 entries.
The annual competition invites students from around Europe to enter their own hand-modelled or bronze-cast medals. The finished medals are then sent to a judging panel at the British Museum in London.
The prizes were given at an award ceremony at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 15th March 2016.
"It has a very nice shape, and she has really worked out extremely well how to link the two sides,” said the judges of Hongzhi's work.
This win builds on the success of ECA in this competition, with Holly Higgins (Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA [Hons]) and Peter Sloan (Jewellery – MFA) winning one of the student prizes in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
BAMS produce a small run of medals from their competitions and commissions, to a maximum of 100. They have previously commissioned work by notable artists and designers such as Lynn Chadwick, Malcolm Appleby, Jacqueline Stieger, and Ronald Searle.
A selection of student medals will be shown in The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham this spring.