Jennifer Davey was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History. This award, offered by her husband Brian in her memory, is a combination of cash and workshop material vouchers and is presented to a final year student at NUA who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study. The award aims to offer the recipient additional financial support, to help lift the burden of the cost of their education as they prepare for their end of year Degree Show.

The recipient of the award for the 2014/15 academic year is BA Fine Art Year 3 student, Charlie Barkus, and was given by Brian in recognition of Charlie’s passion for his practice and his clear understanding of the direction he wants to take his work in the future. 

By sponsoring an award to a Fine Art student, Brian wanted Jennifer’s legacy to continue, as he explained: “Jennifer loved teaching and I wanted to offer an award that reflected this but would also support and benefit an artist at the early stages of their career. I know without doubt that this award is something that she would have preferred to have done anonymously, but as she was never anonymous to me or her friends, I am now fortunate enough to make it happen in her name.”

On receiving the award, Charlie commented: “Winning this award has given me the confidence to produce work for the degree show which best reflects the three years I have spent working towards this point. To receive the award, especially against incredibly strong competition in my year group feels great. To know that someone is willing to praise my work in this way is extremely flattering. The award will allow me to experiment with my work, creating more ambitious pieces and propelling myself forward after my course has finished.”

(Text from NUA website, 2015)

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