Emery Prize 2020

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Emery Prize 2020 is Ruskin MFA Finalist 

Haffendi Anuar

The Committee were highly impressed with Haffendi Anuar's artistic practice, with the layered depth to the development of his multi-media artworks. The textural elements intermix with sculptural influences creating a dynamic interplay between 2D and 3D.

Anuar's recent sculptural work explores the kain pelikat, a type of colourful tubular transnational garment usually worn by men in parts of Asia in the contexts of contemporary Malaysia, sexuality and colonial capitalism in the region. Oriented in relation to his childhood memories of encountering and being physically 

enveloped by the fabric, his research and exploration into the iconography of the garment encompasses personal family photos, archive images, selfies on Instagram and texts describing the Malaysian landscape. The collected research materials are used as prompts for the creation of sculptures, mixed media collages, drawings and paintings.

"I am very excited and honoured to receive the Emery Prize 2020 and to work with curator Tatjana and the Pembroke College JCR Art Gallery team on an exhibition that will expand from my work and research initiated at the Ruskin. This prize is a tremendous boost for my practice and spirit in this very uncertain time." - Haffendi Anuar

Haffendi Anuar has recently completed his MFA at the Ruskin School of Art. He previously completed a BA at Central Saint Martins, London, and a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, Provence, USA. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, his multi-disciplinary artwork spans across works on paper, sculpture, textile, installation and drawing. 

www.haffendianuar.net  |  @haffendi

Haffendi Anuar, as winner of the prize, will receive: ​

  • A solo-exhibition presented by the Pembroke Art Gallery in 2021 (dates tbc)

  • Support, advise and mentoring sessions from the Curator to curate the exhibition

  • £300 cash prize

We will be releasing more information about the upcoming Emery Prize 2020 exhibition in due course. The prize-winner was selected from the Ruskin School of Art BFA and MFA finalists. The judging panel, comprised of the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection Committee,made their decision based on the work which was submitted as part of their finals examination/portfolio. 

The Committee also selected two BFA finalists to be Highly Commended:

Christopher Nealie www.christophernealie.com | @christophernealie

Georgia Crowther | @giowgiart 

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