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2016 Winner: Marley Treloar


Marley Treloar, a Canadian artist living and working in London and a recent graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, has been named as the winner of The Graduate Art Prize 2016. Marley was awarded the £1,000 prize, along with the offer to sign up as an artist with ARTIQ at a prestigious event held ON 8TH November 2016 at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices, in the heart of the City of London.

Marley Treloar said of her win, ‘I'm absolutely overjoyed at having won The Graduate Art Prize 2016. The experience will be invaluable to me. I'm hoping to work more ambitiously with the help of the prize money and only have positive thoughts as I continue my art career and my art education.’

The winning artwork, selected by public vote from a shortlist of works by 25 artists, is entitled ‘Gardens’ and looks at the ideas and themes of family bonds through an abstract gaze. Marley explained: ‘my work reflects on nostalgia, history and family values and aims to explore how abstract art is made today and how the foundations of abstract practice informs how contemporary abstract artists work today.’

Helen Buckley, Arts Manager at ARTIQ commented: “The panel of judges was really impressed by Marley’s theme of family values and by her beautifully-executed figurative painting. Her use of a variety of media in her work shows a maturity and exploration within her practice. We are seeing an increase in engagement and number of votes every year and it is exciting to see the momentum that the prize is gathering, as well as the continued outstanding quality of submissions we are receiving each year.’

Shortlisted Artists:


  1. Anna Moss (The Arts University Bournemouth)

  2. Daphne Cavadias (The Arts University Bournemouth)

  3. Ella Holland (Leeds College of Art)

  4. Ellie Young (Loughborough University)

  5. James Reynolds (Wimbledon College of Art)

  6. James Rogers (Camberwell College of Arts)

  7. Joe Richardson (Central Saint Martins)

  8. Joon Hee Kim (Chelsea College of Arts)

  9. Kate Hunt (Slade School of Fine Art)

  10. Katie Yates (University of Northampton)

  11. Lucy Meriel Davies (Loughborough University)

  12. Maisie Amelia Barber (Loughborough University)

  13. Malgorzata Zajac (University of Gloucestershire)

  14. Marcin Gawin (University of Gloucestershire)

  15. Marley Treloar (University of Gloucestershire)

  16. Mircea Teleaga (Slade School of Fine Art)

  17. Mohammed Sami Al Amili (Ulster University)

  18. Mollie Tearne (Royal College of Art)

  19. Peijing You (University of Northampton)

  20. Qiheng Liu (Royal College of Art)

  21. Qingzhen Han (Goldsmiths, University of London)

  22. Sam Burke (Leeds College of Art)

  23. Sharon Harvey (Winchester School of Art)

  24. Sophie Webb (University of Northampton)

  25. Tzu-Jung Huang (Chelsea College of Arts)


Download the 2016 catalogue here.