We are proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Art Prize, sponsored by CMCL and IPRIA, exhibited Thursday 5 October.

First Prize

Nicola Rossdale
Business and Economics

Gramps! It's My Turn!

"This piece personifies the social and cultural technological changes that have occurred over generations. Our modernistic love for technology in every aspect of our lives is the norm for millennials and Gen Z, but for older generations, this profound transformation has become alien. The intent of this painting was to produce a comedic work which expressed the sentiment of older individuals trying to adapt to technology in all forms, including Virtual Reality (VR)."

Second prize

Anna Gustilo Ong


"Adaptation, I believe, can be a constant state of flux that pushes and pulls an individual. In many ways, it's a silent process of creative destruction as we build or exchange aspects of ourselves to adapt, to move forward. This photograph attempts to represent the experience of adaptation, this sense of flux and the push and pull between oneself and one's environment in an attempt to ultimately move forward."



Third prize

Clare Tighe 
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


"The human body. Strong? Fragile? Adaptable? We often consider and treat our bodies as indestructible, a mass of strong muscle and bone that carries us through life. My work seeks to emphasise the inherent fragility of the structures which support us most."



Winner of the popular vote and honourable mention:

Yao Mei Wang
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

A budding mind

"You are the sum of your memories. And memories arise from neurons. The wrinkled face is actually lined by neurons. I wanted to show that your memories and neurons will transform and adapt with new experiences, as you age. They bud, flower and wither. They change even when you replay them in your mind, coloured by your mood and surroundings. Your identity, linked to your memories and neurons, is ever-changing."


Honourable mention:

Eren Tuncer
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Home alone

"This photograph signifies the adaptation of pets to our modern human lifestyle, demonstrated by the dog that sadly peers from the darkness, back out to the environment that was once his home. Longingly gazing at the plush grass that he once felt beneath his paws."



Honourable mention:

Brenden Garrett

Mountains loom landscape sways

"Adapting to the salty skies, with thoughts of hope behind their eyes… ". Despite the enormity of challenges we face, I wanted to explore a positive response to global socio-ecological change and transformation. Conveying a celebration of small victories, a shift in culture towards a more inclusive society, an increased understanding of other species we share our planet with, while drawing on memories of the past through visions of the future. The use of recycled frames (lenses) serve as reference for a rejection of mass consumption. “The mountains loom, the landscape sways, the humans begin to act quite strange…"