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Former student wins Cooper Prize

Isabel Edwards stood smiling with her winning ceramics.

Former Level 3 Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication student, Isabel Edwards,  has won the Special Award for Originality and Skills at the Cooper Prize which is held at The Cooper Gallery on Church Street, Barnsley.

Isabel, is now studying BA Fine Art at Leeds Arts University. She won the College Special Award Prize with artwork she created for her final major project which she displayed at Barnsley College’s end of year exhibition in the Electric Theatre.

At the end of the Cooper Prize, Barnsley Museums announced they would purchase Isabel’s artwork, Erosion I, and keep it in their permanent collection.

Isabel said: “I was delighted to win the Barnsley College Special Award for Originality and Skills and it was fantastic that the Cooper Gallery purchased one of my pots.”

The Cooper Prize 2023 attracted a record number of artists all of whom had lived, worked or born in South Yorkshire. Over 400 pieces of artwork were submitted and included abstract, figurative, contemporary and traditional artwork.

To find out more or apply for one of our Art, Design and Fashion courses please visit: www.barnsley.ac.uk/art-design-and-fashion


Last updated: 8th April 2024

Originally posted on: 8th April 2024

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