Three Bath Spa final year BA Fine Art Students have been awarded the Kenneth Armitage Foundation Young Sculptor Prize of £1000 each.

The Trustees of the Foundation visited our degree shows and met sculptors from BA  Fine Art and  BA Contemporary Arts Practice, spending time to speak them individually about their work and their future plans  The Trustees were keen to express their admiration for all the students and for what they described as an excellent degree show and due to such strong year the Trustees decided to split the prize three ways between Sophie McCullagh, Ethan Penny and Seaneen Price.

The Kenneth Armitage Foundation is a charitable legacy of the sculptor Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), one of the first young post-war British sculptors to receive international acclaim. The Foundation supports sculptural tradition by awarding financial assistance to artists of all ages.

The Young Sculptor Prize prize is awarded annually to a student(s) of the art colleges with which Kenneth Armitage had particular association: Leeds College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, where he was a student; Bath Spa University (formerly the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham), where he taught; and the Royal College of Art, where Armitage was a visiting lecturer and tutor.

From 2006 to 2009 the award was presented annually to one student from each college in turn. Since 2010 the prize has been alternated biennially between the London-based post graduate art schools (The Royal College of Art and the Slade) and the regional undergraduate art schools (Bath Spa University and Leeds College of Art). The prize is selected by trustees from the Kenneth Armitage Foundation in consultation with staff from the art colleges.