In the first week of December a pop up show and awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester School of Art, for graduates selected by the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts at the 2016 degree show.
These cash awards are given for a range of categories across the fine arts with each award accompanied by the invitation to show work as guests at the annual MAFA exhibition for the next three years.
Three BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation students were selected in 2016: David Howe, Julia Pankowska and Antony Cross, pictured below.
David has gone on to be commissioned by the Folio Society, Julia was recently exhibited in a graduate show case at The Mission Gallery Swansea and is busy applying for shows across the UK. Antony has since won the Flourish Student Award from West Yorkshire Printmakers and is currently working on a two year part time MA in Illustration at Manchester School of Art.
The event was hosted for the first time by MMU with an afternoon reception, a speech from the president of MAFA, with students, staff and alumni of Manchester School of Art.