Worcester Fine Art Graduate Shortlisted for Prestigious Watercolour Competition

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A gifted Fine Art graduate has been shortlisted for two top competitions.

Zarina Keyani, who will graduate from the University of Worcester this November, proved her talent by being shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the Neo Print Prize Competition.

Her selected artwork has been presented at the Mall Galleries in London this week.

“The acknowledgement of my work has been very heart warming,” she said.

The 45-year-old artist was encouraged to enter the competition by Dr James Fisher, Fine Art Course Leader at the University of Worcester.

Dr Fisher said: “It is fantastic news that Zarina has been shortlisted for both the Neo Art Print Prize and the Sunday Times Watercolour competition in such quick succession. We are very proud of her contribution to the prestigious exhibition at the Mall Galleries with work she made at the Garage studios.

“Zarina is among many Worcester Fine Art alumni now establishing their practice at a professional level, particularly in the area of printmaking. Her achievements are also testament to the work being done on Worcester’s Fine Art BA course in preparing its graduates to develop all sorts of exciting careers in the visual arts.”

Looking to the future, the talented artist hopes to continue expressing her creativity and achieve further success.

“I would like to continue with my painting and printmaking and be more involved in artist led and community are projects,” she said.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the most prestigious watercolour competition in the UK. It aims to present and reward originality and excellence in the watercolour art.

A high-profile committee will judge the finalists. It includes Richard Gault, Director, Redfern Gallery; Penny Johnson CBE, Director Government Art Collection; Hugh Pearman, Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times; Carol Robertson, Artist; Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures.

An online gallery of the finalist in the competition is available at: