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Worcester Fine Art Graduate Wins Prestigious Competition

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A University of Worcester Fine Art graduate has won a prestigious New Art West Midlands prize.

Stuart Layton, who graduated in November 2012 with a first-class degree in Fine Art Practice, won a runner-up prize of £500 and was one of four applicants who were awarded a bursary to exhibit their work in the Grand Union Art Gallery, Birmingham.

The 40-year-old artist from Malvern said: “I am very pleased to have won the prize. It allowed my work to be seen by a large audience in a prestigious setting. I managed to meet and establish professional relationships with many key contacts within the region. I hope some of these will flourish in the future as they have potential to become major opportunities.”

New Art West Midlands is led by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in partnership with the Barber Institute of Fine Art at the University of Birmingham and Grand Union. Each year the competition showcases the best new art by emerging West Midlands graduates.

Looking to the future, Stuart, who now combines lecturing and continuing his practice, plans to complete a Master’s degree in Fine Art.

Stuart’s work will be exhibited at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts until Sunday, May 19.