University of Hertfordshire award for Hatfield artist

13:32 05 January 2014

Artist Katie Aggett

Artist Katie Aggett

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An artist from Hatfield scooped a major award from an open exhibition run by University of Herfordshire Galleries.

University of Hertfordshire Galleries

* The Museum of St Albans, in Hatfield Road, St Albans, is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

* For more information about Katie Aggett’s work please visit www.katieaggett.co.uk

* The University of Hertfordshire Galleries (UH Galleries) includes the Art and Design Gallery in Hatfield and the gallery space within the Museum of St Albans.

* UH Galleries presents international contemporary art to the community and wider audiences, in traditional and sometimes challenging ways.

* More information is available at www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/arts-and-galleries/uharts/about-uh-galleries or by calling 01707 285376.

Katie Aggett was named overall winner of the annual Eastern Approaches exhibition at the Museum of St Albans, in Hatfield Road, St Albans.

The 26-year-old was recognised for her architectural sculpture and drawing W10 5UU.

Katie, who lives in Hatfield and is currently artist in residence at Queenswood School, in Brookmans Park, wins the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition of her work at University of Hertfordshire Galleries.

Katie said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to do something locally.

“I’m very excited about being part of Eastern Approaches and the University of Hertfordshire’s programme of art and culture in the region, which sometimes suffers from being so close to London.”

A graduate of the renowned Slade School of Fine Art in London, Katie has previously exhibited with the Barbican Arts Trust and Foundry Gallery in Chelsea.

Last year she was student winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Awarding the Eastern Approaches prize, Matthew Shaul, artistic director of UH Galleries, said: “Every year the quality of submissions to this exhibition goes up but we were particularly impressed by the calibre of Katie’s entry and all of us at UH Galleries are very excited about working with her to develop a future exhibition of her work.”

Run by UH Galleries, the Eastern Approaches exhibition is in its 14th year and was open to artists living, working or studying in the Eastern region – which covers Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk – and to alumni of the University of Hertfordshire.

It received 270 entries, with 57 works by 41 artists being chosen for display by this year’s selectors.

Seventeen prizes were awarded in total by the Hatfield university, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans District Council, and local organisations and businesses.

Eastern Approaches runs at UH Galleries within the Museum of St Albans until Sunday, January 12 and all work in the exhibition is for sale. Admission is free.

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