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‘Arty’ atlas charts Ann’s international award success

Published: 28 April 2008

A second-year student in the University of Southampton's School of Art has scooped the silver trophy in a prestigious international art competition.

Ann Dadd, a mature student who is studying Graphic Arts at Winchester School of Art, was the only UK entrant to make the finals of the Danfoss Art Award 2008 which is open to students at recognised schools of the visual arts, design, sculpture and architecture around the world. As well as the silver trophy, Ann received 3000 Euros and her artwork was included in a book of entries for the Danfoss Art Award.

For her entry, Ann created a hardbound book with a picture frame cover allowing a glimpse into the inside pages, based on the idea of an old atlas but with a modern viewpoint. The book has fine-liner and marker pen illustration and longitude and latitude areas cut out with a scalpel.

Ann explains: "Depending on where you live in the world, your age, and your religion, your own culture affects your personal view of the world you live in. I wanted to create an atlas that showed one country's culture from another country's viewpoint, or one person's culture from another person's viewpoint.

"We only see a partial glimpse of our neighbour's culture and this is reflected when looking through the pages of my cultural atlas - depending on where you decide to stand, your view of this piece of art changes. Many of the world's problems occur because we don't understand and appreciate other cultures. In the end, we are just one people, one world," she adds.

‘Arty’ atlas charts Ann’s international award success
Ann Dadd's entry for the Danfoss Art Award

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Head of WSA, comments: "I'm delighted at Ann's success in this international art competition, which is another example of the high quality and talent of the students studying here."

The Danfoss Art Award is an international art competition and prize open to art, architecture and sculpture students around the world. The Award is arranged by the Danfoss Group, which develops and produces mechanical and electronic products and controls, as a way of communicating its company values.

Notes for editors

  • The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship.

    This is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.

    We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

    As one of the UK's top 10 research universities, we offer first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering.

    We have over 22,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover in the region of £325 million.

  • Founded in 1860, Winchester School of Art has an international reputation for research and teaching in art and design, and has links with many other institutions in Europe. WSA merged with the University of Southampton in 1996.

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