Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Middlesex students share Arthur Silver Award 2014

The first night of Middlesex University's Art & Design show at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London is always a special occasion with the annual presentation of the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture's (MoDA) Arthur Silver Award.  The award is open to all Middlesex University Art & Design & Media undergraduates, and to enter all students must demonstrate how they have used the museum's collections as part of their research and inspiration in the development of any piece of studio work.

This year the Arthur Silver Award was awarded to two Final Year Art & Design students......Paresha AminBA Fine Art, and Joseph Farrow, BA Jewellery & Accessories.  The students received their award certificates and prize money from Hilary Robinson, the Dean of the School of Art & Design at Middlesex University.  
Joseph Farrow and Paresha Amin, winners of the Arthur Silver Award 2014 

Paresha was inspired by Japanese Katagami stencils in the MoDA collections to create a series of collage paintings. The Award judges felt Paresha’s entry represented 'a genuine engagement with and investigation in to her subject matter, and that her translation of the material was both thoughtful and inventive'.
Paresha Amin receiving her award certificate from Hilary Robinson, Dean of the School of Art & Design,
Middlesex University
Rather than being inspired by a particular design or style, Joseph has taken inspiration from the structure of the MoDA archive itself, and the way that we categorise and house our collections.  His starting point was a series of found objects which he dismantled, and separated in to component parts. Each part was then catalogued and stored to create a library of objects, from which Joseph created a jewellery collection for men. The judges felt that Joseph's 'unusual use of archival systems was well thought-out and realised'. 
Joseph Farrow receiving his award certificate from Hilary Robinson

Commenting on both winning entries, the judges felt that, 'the entries once again represented a wonderful array of innovative and creative approaches to utilising the MoDA archive. The split of this year’s prize represents this diversity'. The judges all agreed it was important to reward these two very different but equally successful interpretations of the brief.

At MoDA are very excited about our two prize winners and as a result we will be sharing more information about their entries in future posts.  In the meantime for more information about the Arthur Silver Award please see previous blog posts.

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