Origins 2017 – Winners and photos


Origins 2017. Photo by Eva Clifford

This year’s Origins exhibition at the Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane was a great success.

The showcase included 116 pieces from 48 Centres across the country. The work, by students completing UAL Awarding Body qualifications in Art & Design and Creative Media, was chosen by curator Elliott Burns from a total of 450 submissions.

Seven students’ works were selected by our Chief Examiners for outstanding achievement, with each student receiving a prize – the list of winners can be found below.

Huge congratulations to all of the artists exhibited, we received excellent praise for the quality of the work exhibited and we wish you all the best in your creative futures.

More images can be found on the UAL Awarding Body Facebook page.

This year’s prize winners are as follows:

Level 1 Art, Design & Media – Kacey Amoo, Kensington and Chelsea College
A fantastically well developed experimental fashion piece that really showed the level attainable by Level 1 students who are challenged and supported to achieve.  What I liked about Kasey’s project was that he had not only produced great fashion outcomes, but had also realised some wonderful photographic images that wouldn’t look out of place in any contemporary fashion editorial.  His tutors said that the award will mean a great deal to him as an individual and the team who have worked with him were over the moon to see his achievements recognised – Matt Moseley, Chief Examiner.

Level 2 Art & Design – Damian Kalinski, West Suffolk College
Damian’s photographic images showed a level of maturity and sophistication that far exceeds that expected of a Level 2 student. What won me over about his submission was that not only had he proposed, shot and finished a wonderful set of images, but he had gone on to produce a ‘look book’ of images to support the project. In the pursuit of students becoming ready for industry progression and evidencing transferrable, vocational skills development, Davids piece showed a student on the cusp of a strong career in the creative industries – Matt Moseley, Chief Examiner


Level 3 Art & Design – Jordan Mortlock, Plymouth College of Art
An excellent example of the power of the narrative through the medium of photography. Jordan’s close work with the subject ‘Kevin’, Kevin’s extraordinary life, and the trust developed between the artist and subject, resulted in an impressive and moving visual story, which was a technical and conceptual triumph. The final image and the supporting journal resulted in a creative celebration and was recognised through the Level 3 Art and Design prize – Martin Vella, Chief Examiner.

Foundation Studies – Rob O’Leary, CCW Progression Centre (UAL)
Rob’s work was selected as prize-winner for a multiple of reasons. At first glance his intriguing group of sculptures appeared playful, on closer inspection, highly skillful and beautifully crafted elements were apparent, before a whole other layer revealed itself through the concept of fragile masculinity. This level of skillful manipulation challenging his chosen material to take on the most delicate forms alongside the maturity of the concept would hold its own in any degree show – Sue Cook, Chief Examiner.


Level 2 Creative Media – Malachi Groves, Fareham College
Malachi’s film was funny, professional, ambitious and thoroughly entertaining. When students take on the challenges of the Extended Project (or FMP) the attribute of most value is commitment and Malachi evidenced this in spades.  His film sees him race go karts, fly planes and swim seas in the pursuit of milk for his breakfast.  It was a great concept thoroughly realised to a very high standard – Matt Moseley, Chief Examiner

Level 3 Creative Media – Neeraj Kainth, Birmingham Met College
All the chiefs were struck by the complexity, sophistication and professionalism of Neeraj’s submission. His mastery of augmented reality in itself was impressive, his entrepreneurial ability to fund his project commendable, but it was the overall attention to aesthetic and interactivity that bowled us over.  A beautifully considered and exciting media project that wouldn’t look out of place at any BA or MA showcase. Outstanding work – Matt Moseley, Chief Examiner.

Special commendation – Level 3 Art & Design – Amelia Al-Attar, Abingdon & Witney College
Abingdon and Witney student Amelia Al-Attar was awarded a special commendation prize for her work, a set of two traditional family photo albums, at first sight identical but one where her own image had been digitally erased from every print. In addition to being a very technically sophisticated piece the judges were impressed with the alternative narratives that the work provoked in the viewer, posing questions about identity and relationships – Sarah Atkinson, Head of Academic Standards

All images by Eva Clifford. Except Malchi Groves’s still from Milk and Kacey Amoo’s photograph.

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