public exhibition

 Paddon Award Showcase

A showcase of creative works from the shortlisted entries of the Paddon Award, an arts competition for students, staff and alumni of the University

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Free entry

University Reception - University of Exeter, Stocker Road, EXETER, EX4 4PY

6th - 19th May 2015 from 8.30am to 6 pm, Mon-Fri

You are invited to come and see the shortlisted entries to the Paddon Award arts competition in this exhibition which showcases the huge range and high standard of creative talent at the University.

Organised by Arts and Culture at the University, students, staff and alumni were all invited to enter this annual  cross-arts competition for non-professional artists.  The theme this year was 'Transformations' and entries were invited from various artforms including visual art, film, music and creative writing.

Entries included oil paintings, a film, digital art, poetry and short stories.  They were judged at a well-attended awards event back in March.  The esteemed  judges for the evening were Honorary Graduate and International Curator, Thomas Trevor, folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates, and the Student Guild Vice President for Activities, Matt Bate.

Their unenviable task of judging the shortlisted entries resulted in them choosing a first, second and joint third prizes.  Additional prize money was donated on the night by John Paddon, who attended the event, enabling the judges to offer the extra third prize.

Christy Ku scooped the first prize for ‘It All Passes’, a very touching and sensitive poem about the ephemeral nature of life.  Second prize was awarded to Jordan Edgington, a graduate in Sports and Exercise Science, whose story ‘Ghosts’ about his first experiences as a graduate was identified with by many in the audience.   The joint third prizes went to Bethany Ashley, a Liberal Arts undergraduate, for her beautifully designed poem ‘Kindling’, in which the second stanza was the inverse of the first, and to Clifford Roddy, Film undergraduate, whose challenging short film ‘Cosmia’ addressed the theme of someone achieving a transformation by ‘putting on a face’.

Now is your opportunity to come along and see all the shortlisted entries for yourself and decide which is your own favourite!


The exhibition will take place in the University Reception from 6 to 19 May, from 8.30 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Entry is free.



Image: Pregnant Life Model by Maria Rose