Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Mo Wilson Memorial DocPhot Award

This is the first public notice of a new Documentary Photography Award in memory of Mo, jointly issued by The University of Wales, Newport, where Mo studied, and by Mo's estate.

Press Release: April 26th 2011

The Mo Wilson Memorial Award for Documentary Photography, The University of Wales, Newport

The Newport School of Art, Media and Design is proud to announce that it will join in partnership with the estate of the acclaimed photographer Mo Wilson to offer an award for excellence for an emerging student within the subject area of documentary photography.

The award will be offered on an annual basis and, in the first instance, will recognise and enable a student to develop a body of work that embodies and extends aspects of Mo Wilson's photographic practice and concerns - namely a strong story telling and narrative and a clear sense of social and regional inclusion.

It is envisioned that this award will be granted at the start of each academic year to enable a final year student to progress a body of work along these aims. Eligibility will relate to a student's previous portfolio and stated aims of their final year of study. It is hoped that this award will, in future years, broaden out into an established granting award within the portfolio of photography at Newport.

Mo Wilson studied Documentary Photography at Newport graduating in 1989. She immediately distinguished herself with photography that was rich and vibrant and drew attention from national and international publications that showcased her work and supported her extended projects - many of which were exhibited and featured in overviews of contemporary practice of this period. Mo's engagement with and fascination for aspects of social life within South East Wales marks her as an important chronicler and champion for this region and her contribution to the visual culture of Wales should not be ignored or undervalued.

The University would like to thank Mo's Estate for this generous opportunity to establish an award in her honour and we offer this announcement together on the anniversary of her passing - April 26th.

Further details of this proposed award can be found at www.mowilson.co.uk or by contacting Geraint Cunnick, Head of Fine Art and Photography at The University of Wales, Newport on 01633432693 or at geraint.cunnick@newport.ac.uk



Blogger Brian Morgan said...

Further details will be announced of the way this award is to be managed and students selected, following a further meeting with the university. In its first year a student or students will work on a theme related to Mo's experience of diagnosis with a brain tumour, her subsequent treatment and palliative care and wider issues to do with awareness in the community.

26 April 2011 at 03:36  

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