24th April 2006




A student at the University of Lincoln has been named as a winning finalist in the Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition.


Richard Rowe (24) who comes from Willerby near Hull but studies Architecture at the Brayford Pool campus in Lincoln, was chosen from 1,600 entries from over 120 art colleges and universities throughout the UK.


His digital work ‘Caught Between’ is now on show alongside other winning works of art at the Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition at The Gallery at The Hospital in Covent Garden.


It is also in a virtual online gallery which can be seen at www.nationwidemercurys.com


“It means a lot to me that ‘Caught Between’ is one of the winning finalists in the competition,” said Richard. “It’s the first time I’ve had my art exhibited at a major London gallery, which is really exciting.”


Art and design students all over the country were set the challenge of creating a work of art inspired by music.


The judging panel included Sir Peter Blake, the man behind The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’ album sleeve, Tim Marlow, Director of Exhibitions at top London gallery White Cube, and Mark Tappin and Simon Gofton who have designed album covers for bands such as Coldplay and The Chemical Brothers.


“Choosing the winning finalists has been a difficult task,” said Sir Peter. “The standard has been high and we’ve seen some excellent works.”


The competition, which is sponsored by Nationwide, is in its second year and was set up to highlight the link between art and music, providing students with a unique opportunity to have their work exhibited to a wider audience.


Chris Hull of Nationwide said: “We are delighted that Nationwide is supporting UK culture in this way.  It’s great that we’re able to help students at this crucial point in their careers.”


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Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition winner Richard Rowe pictured at a private view in Covent Garden


For more information about the Nationwide Mercury Prize contact Michael Hamilton on 020 8964 9964.

For more information on this press release, or to speak to Richard Rowe, contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk