Bluecoat Display Centre are delighted to announce that the winner of the Backhouse Bequest prize award is Michael McGowan. Michael has received a £1,000 prize for his ceramic works which were selected to win (from a group of 6 shortlisted artists) by an independent judging panel. David Backhouse, a trustee of the Bluecoat Display Centre, who works in the fields of architecture and ceramics himself, and his brother Roy who have both sponsored this exhibition and prize award in memory of their parents; Arthur & Lilian.
Prize winner Michael says the following about his work, “My fundamental interest is in the clay itself. Landscapes – especially their formation and alteration by nature’s agents of change: heat, frost, wind, tides and time – constitute my primary sources of inspiration.I want to allow the clay to speak for itself. To this end I have developed a series of unique techniques and processes.”
This prize exhibition shows 6 recent graduates from the North West, who work in the medium of ceramics. Their works have been shortlisted for originality and strength of voice. The exhibition represents an opportunity for the public to view fresh creative work by leading emerging makers. Exhibitors include Julie Fewster (Glyndwr University), Gaenor Hall, Rob Parr and Michael McGowan (University of Central Lancashire), Rudi Morris (Manchester Metropolitan University )and Attila Olah (Liverpool Hope University).
The exhibition continues until 7th October 2017.