Oliver Beer (2006, Fine Art) has been announced as the winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015, which is offered to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously exhibited in Japan. He will now be invited to exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo, in addition to receiving a participation fee of £5000 and a period of support and introduction to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world.
On his recent trip to Australia the Provost was interviewed by journalist and broadcaster Mark Colvin on ABC Radio, about Shakespeare's relevance to the modern world. Listen to the interview and read a transcript of it here.
The final Norrington Table for 2014 has been released and we're delighted to announce that Worcester has moved up to second place. Congratulations to all of our hard-working students and academics.
The Provost's conversation with Peter Kosminsky (1976), on the subject of dramatising Tudor history, is now on YouTube and can be viewed here. The conversation took place at the British Academy on 16th April 2015.
Worcester is pleased to be the College Partner for this year's Oxford Literary Festival, which begins on Saturday 21st March. Several hundred speakers, including the Provost's wife Dr Paula Byrne, are scheduled to appear over the nine days of the festival, with a spectacular three-course Venetian Dinner due to be held in the College on Friday 27th March. Tickets for the dinner are already sold out, but to book any of the other Festival events, or to view the programme, visit the website at http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/.
On Wednesday 18th February (Ash Wednesday) the Chapel Choir will sing a Eucharist in Chapel at 6 p.m. The service will include the traditional imposition of ashes to mark the beginning of Lent. All are welcome.
Maria Djurkovic (1979) has been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for her production design work on The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This is Maria's first Oscar nomination; read an interview about her work on the film here.
Old Member Peter Kosminsky (1976) has directed Wolf Hall, the television adaption of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which begins its six part run on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 21st January.
Professor Judith Freedman, Fellow of Worcester College and Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Taxation yesterday. The award recognises her contribution to the field of taxation.
Professor Jonathan Bate, CBE, FBA, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of Literature, was knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education. Professor Bate is a biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vice-President (leading the Humanities) of the British Academy and from 2007–2011 sat on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.