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. For further details about the prize and Oliver's work, please click here.
James Wilson (1967, Modern History) will be discussing his new novel The Summer of Broken Stories at Foyles' bookshop in Bristol. The talk will take place on Monday 11th May from 6 - 8 p.m, and James will be in conversation with journalist Tobias Jones. He will also be signing copies of the book after the event.
Professor Simon Hiscock (1982, Botany), Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanic Garden at the University of Bristol, has been appointed to the Directorship of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. Professor Hiscock will take up the position on 6 July 2015.
Tonight the Provost is speaking at the Norwegian Embassy in London, discussing the value and promotion of the humanities in association with The Holberg Prize. The international prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology. The co-speaker at the event will be Sarah Churchwell, Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library.
London art gallery Long and Ryle will be showing some brand new works by Anne Desmet (1983) at the London Art Fair this week. These will include Anne's two newest and largest collages on roundels of convex glass. The Fair runs from 21-25 January; visit the website for further details, prices and tickets.
There will be a memorial service for Old Member John Holroyd (1956) on Friday 27th February at 2.30 p.m, in Gloucester Cathedral. John passed away on 29th November, aged 79. Old Members are welcome to attend the service.
A Service of Thanksgiving for Edward Nugee will be held on Wednesday 4th February, in the Temple Church (off Fleet Street) at 5.45 pm (doors open 5.15 pm) with a reception after in the Inner Temple Hall. Old Members are welcome to attend.
We are saddened to report the death of Old Member Edward Nugee, QC (1947), known as Ted, who passed away on 30th December 2014. Ted was a dedicated supporter of the College and frequently attended alumni events, even well into his 80s. A service of thanksgiving will be held at the Temple Church in London in the New Year, with details to be confirmed in due course.
Old Member Richard Flanagan (1984) has been awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North - congratulations from Worcester!
Ben Weston (1987), Head of Specialist Factual at Reef Television, has won the Czech Crystal award at the Golden Prague TV Festival for his production Messiah at the Foundling Hospital. The drama documentary was presented by Amanda Vickery and Tom Service and was part of the BBC’s cross-channel arts season ‘Eighteenth Century Britain: Majesty, Music & Mischief’. Ben also won a 2013 Broadcast Award for Best Music Programme during his previous role as Executive Editor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.