44AD gallery and artspace, founded and led by Bath Spa fine Art Alumna Katie O’Brien, has scooped the arts category Bath Life Award.

Katie took the plunge into opening her own gallery after graduating in 2012, in collaboration with a number of other BSAD graduates.  Together, they created a hub of studio spaces with a gallery that has become a firm fixture in the Bath art scene and has hosted many student, staff and graduate exhibitions, as well as exciting external artists from around the UK.

The Bath Life Award, voted for by a panel of nine independent judges, is further recognition of Katie’s excellent work and follows the gallery having gained its first major sponsor for 2017, Bath based Minerva Art Supplies.