Students awarded travel scholarships
A ceremony was held on Monday, April 30 at the University's Broadcasting Place. The four coveted travel scholarships will see five winners travel to America and Europe to undertake personal projects and further their studies. Edna Lumb was a student at the former Leeds College of Art from 1948 to 1953. In her second year of study Edna won a travel scholarship of £50, and used the money to visit art collections in Paris and Avignon, sketching these wherever she went. The experience proved such a revelation for Edna that she made provision in her will for an annual travel prize to be awarded to students of art at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Moira Innes, Director of Leeds Met's Gallery and Studio Theatre was this year's awards guest speaker. She presented the prizes to winners and Leeds Metropolitan students Maria Cruz and Bethany Hewitt, Roisin Smith, Alice Withers and Robert Moreton.
Winning duo, BA (Hons) Graphic Art and Design students Maria Cruz and Bethany Hewitt will jointly utilise their prize by exploring food markets in Europe. They will start with Paris and end with Istanbul - reporting on each market in their individual ways.
Roisin Smith will travel to Sofia and Budapest in Hungary to study high rise buildings, their decay and local people's attitudes towards them. Roisin, a BA (Hons) Fine Art student has studied such dwellings in Norwich but has a particular interest in the equivalent buildings in Eastern Europe's ex-Soviet zone.
Alice Withers chose Prague as her destination to study tourism by flipping a coin. The BA (Hons) Graphic Art and Design student hopes to find a new approach - probably by cross-sectioning the city rather than jigging between recognised sites and monuments, in a bid to create a unique travel guide.
MA Art and Design winner Robert Moreton will visit New York and plans to go on the trail of ex-graffiti artist J.M.Basquiat, as well as following in the footsteps of Basquiat's contemporaries. Robert plans to visit five galleries or museums a day during his stay in Manhattan.