Super-Stella selected for acclaimed art award

Stella Boothman

BA (Hons) Fine Art student Stella Boothman has been selected for the prestigious National HIX ART Award which was set up by acclaimed professional artist and Turner Prize winner, Damien Hirst.

The HIX ART Award is now in its sixth year, attracting graduating artists from all over the country and has a large cash prize of £10,000.

Stella (48) is due to graduate this October with BA (Hons) Fine Art from the University Centre at Blackburn College, leaving with a First Class Honours Degree and an impressive CV.

Stella said: “I am absolutely delighted that my sculptural Installation ‘Moments’ has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 HIX ART Prize. I couldn’t believe it when I got the email telling me that I had got through the second round and would be in the final. It is an honour to be chosen for such a prestigious award. 

“My sculptural installation is called ‘Moments’ and consists of hundreds of wax vessels that cling together, appearing to pour into or grow out of the gallery space. Each vessel represents a moment in our lives, each is unique and of different size and scale. Moments can be easily forgotten or become precious memories.

“As a mature woman and an emerging artist my life has changed considerably over the past few years, experiencing shifts and changes can be challenging and daunting, as well as exciting. I began to keenly experience these changes and recognised a desire to preserve what I loved and felt familiar to me and this was how the idea for the work emerged.

“Each vessel within ‘Moments’ is made of wax, a traditional preservative material for vulnerable objects, it is both fragile and ephemeral in nature and as such felt like the perfect material to represent the language of the work.”

‘Moments’ will be exhibited alongside the other shortlisted artists’ work between the 15th September 2018 and 11th November 2018 at HIX ART, Shoreditch, London.

After the initial two-month run at HIX ART, the exhibition will be hosted by the exclusive private bank Coutts for a further two months at their monolithic central London site.

The overall winner will also be awarded a solo exhibition at HIX Art in London, receive a year’s guardianship and have their name etched on the iconic HIX Award Trophy which was designed by Damien Hirst himself.

Earlier this year, Stella’s original sculpture entitled ‘Family’ was selected by Premier League Footballer Phil Jones and his wife Kaya for permanent display in their Cheshire home. The couple were so impressed with Stella’s sculpture that they also bought a second piece from the same collection.

Tutor Jamie Holman said: “We are absolutely delighted for Stella and this is such a fantastic achievement. The HIX ART award is very high profile with acclaimed artist Tracey Emin presenting last year’s award – it is a fantastic platform for Stella to showcase her talents.”

“Studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University Centre at Blackburn College is a great way to launch your career as an artist. We have a National Student Survey score of 92% Overall Satisfaction and Stella is a fantastic example of what you can achieve when provided with the right kind of support - we are very much looking forward to watching her career develop further.”

Stella added: “I am truly grateful for the support of BA (Hons) Fine Art tutors Jamie Holman and Steven Baldwin and to the students who have come on this exciting journey with me.

“Blackburn College have been incredibly supportive in helping me to achieve the tight deadlines for this exhibition and it’s fantastic to know that I have such great support behind me.”

12 Sep 2018, 13:58 PM

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