University Lecturer Selected As Finalist for Renowned Prize in Fine Art

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A Fine Art lecturer from the University of Worcester has been shortlisted for the prestigious Marmite Prize for Painting.

Daniel Roach, a former student of the University and current lecturer in Drawing and Printmaking at Worcester, was selected as one of the finalists in the well regarded prize competition.

The prize winner will be selected by a high-profile panel of internationally respected artists, including Iain Andrews, Tim Stoner, Marta Marcé and Dawn Mellor.

“I’m thrilled to be one of the selected painters for the 2012 Marmite Prize,” said Daniel.

“It’s an exciting prospect to have work included in the show and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the work of the other participating artists.”

Daniel graduated from the University of Worcester with a First Class degree in Fine Art in 2009 and completed his postgraduate study in 2011 at the University of Gloucestershire. 

Alongside his teaching duties, he is currently Artist in Residence at Worcester Cathedral. Daniel recently curated an exhibition of contemporary abstract painting at the Cathedral called Plane Space.

Dr James Fisher, Fine Art Course Leader at the University of Worcester, said: “Dan Roach’s beautiful paintings are developing a high profile and strong currency in the national art scene. Last year he was shortlisted for the Abstract Critical Newcomer award and now his hard work has been further rewarded with his selection for the Marmite Prize for Painting.

“Dan’s success is a huge source of inspiration to our undergraduates in Fine Art. Dan has worked tirelessly to bring nationally significant contemporary painting to the city through his role as Artist in Residence at Worcester Cathedral. The fantastic exhibition he curated for the Cathedral, Plane Space, for example, has already had a massive impact on the ambition and imagination of University of Worcester Fine Art students,” adds Dr Fisher.

Daniel’s work will be exhibited as part of a national tour of the finalists. The tour dates and venues are as follows:

  • Central Art Gallery, Tameside, December 2012-February 2013
  • Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, March – April 2013
  • Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, April – May 2013
  • The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, May- June 2013
  • Tannery Arts at Drawing Room, London, June - July 2013

The Marmite Prize for Painting is a touring exhibition and catalogue which champions the artist-led, the co-operative spirit and the DIY approach. It challenges the problem of placing value on art. The prize winner will be announced at the Tannery Arts Drawing Room, London in June 2013.