Theme For 2012
2012 is a year like no other for London. The Bar-Tur Photography Award will be seeking photographic explorations of the thematic ‘Olympian’, which demonstrate the breadth, depth and diversity this may mean to individuals, communities and society.
As the capital plays host to the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year, we begin to question what the twenty-first century boundaries and definitions of success are. With its extensive community of student and graduate artists and designers, the University of the Arts London is in a unique position to challenge the media driven pressure and the creeping global perception of societal accomplishment, and to explore and redefine the creative definitions of community, participation and excellence of achievement.
The University of the Arts London is pleased to announce the second annual Bar-Tur Photography Award. The award was established in 2011 with the generous support of Amnon Bar-Tur in memory of the late Ann Lesley Bar-Tur (1947-1984), a talented British Artist and alumna of Chelsea College of Art and Design.
The Bar-Tur Award is open to all University of the Arts London students enrolled on any accredited degree course and to alumni who have graduated in the last ten years. It consists of prizes for both students and alumni, with two overall winners, one student and one alumnus. In addition student prize winners will be given opportunities for their individual professional development through the creation of placements and internships with leading professionals and industries in the field and some equipment support from leading manufacturers. There will also be an annual touring exhibition created and a publication of winning and shortlisted works. The award will also have a dedicated archive and an on line gallery which will act as a continuing reflection of the diversity, quality and focus of photographic practice originating from within the degree course in the colleges of The University of the Arts London.
A key focus of the Bar-Tur Award is the immense power photography has to influence the way that we understand and engage with the world around us. To help explore this power in a focused manner, there will be a different theme developed each year. An important aspect of the Award is the endorsement of the quality of work selected for the exhibition and prizes by a renowned team of nominators and world leading panel of judges who are drawn from across a wide spectrum of the professional photography industries.