Oxford Brookes alumna shortlisted for national artists’ competition

Monday, 06 August 2018

Anne Griffiths

A graduate in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University is one of five finalists in the running for the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) Studio Prize 2018.

The ACS Studio Prize offers one graduate a £6,000 prize to help secure studio space in a UK city of their choice. The competition attracted over 300 submissions from artists in the UK and Europe.

Anne Griffiths studied BA Fine Art in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes. She graduated this year and will be returning to begin a part-time MFA in Fine Art in October.

Here I could research, write, explore sound and photography alongside the more traditional skills of painting and drawing, and my processes and practice began to take its shape.

Anne Griffiths, Oxford Brookes University alumna

Anne’s multi-disciplinary work revolves around cultural and historical boundaries. She recently exhibited and sold her piece ‘The Taxonomy of the Cornflake’ at the Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition. The artwork was chosen for the exhibition by famous artist Grayson Perry.

Anne said: “My practice revolves around the processes of museology. Collecting, categorising, repairing, research and display and I am hoping to develop work which is informed by, and responds to, the collections in museums, historic buildings and public institutions. In exploring these processes, the modest, mundane, imperfect or impermanent is celebrated.”

The Taxonomy of the Cornflake

Her largest installation to date, 'The Truth and the Lost Scribbler', formed part of Oxford Brookes’ Fine Art Degree Show ‘Hoi Polloi’ earlier this year, where final year students exhibited their artwork as a collective. She also won the University’s John Henry Brookes Award for the most outstanding achievement in the Fine Art Major Project.

Speaking of her time at Oxford Brookes, Anne said: “In this environment I was supported and encouraged, there were no exams, no barriers or competition just mutual support. Here I could research, write, explore sound and photography alongside the more traditional skills of painting and drawing, and my processes and practice began to take its shape.”

Judges of the ACS Studio Prize included renowned artists Eileen Cooper RA and Rob and Nick Carter, in addition to Lady Bridgeman CBE, founder of the ACS. Speaking about those shortlisted Lady Bridgeman said: “I was absorbed by the work of the shortlisted artists.” She commended Anne for “the intelligence and wit” expressed in her work.

The winner of the prize will be announced mid-September.

Find out more about Anne’s work at www.annegriffiths.com

The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists. More details about the ACS Studio Prize 2018 can be found on their website.

Information about the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University and available courses can be found on the website.

Top image, Anne Griffiths, photography by Michael Drakopoulos