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Charlotte Aiken Talks to London Live


We were delighted to be invited to London Live for an exclusive interview about The Graduate Art Prize 2017. ARTIQ's Art Manager, Helen Buckley was joined by this year's talented winner, Charlotte Aiken.

The winner of The Graduate Art Prize 2017 was artist Charlotte Aiken with her work ‘Untitled Triptych’. Charlotte has just completed her BA at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University and her winning artwork was a large-scale, three-part abstract painting (created using acrylic paints on canvas), with each one of the three paintings measuring 2.22m x 1.4m.

Advice for Graduate Artists 

You’ve made the work, you’ve studied the craft. So, what’s next? We have spoken to one of our talented artists, Marcus Aitken, to put together a collection of tips that we think will help support you in your next steps as an artist.

Click here to download our booklet of top tips and guidance for graduate artists

The Graduate Art Prize 2016 winner Marley Treloar featured in ARTIQ’s curation for The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square


The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is a Grade II*-listed hotel, situated in the heart of Scotland’s historic capital. As the fourth hotel to open within the Principal brand, the property has undergone a multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment, led by designers at Goddard Littlefair to create a wonderful new interior, inspired by the golden age of travel and a ‘cosmopolitan clubhouse’ feel.

ARTIQ’s Head of Operations, Katie Terres, worked closely with the designers and the hotel to curate the art programme for the bedrooms, suites and all public areas, developing together an innovative brief focused around a character-led narrative of a global nomad private owner, whose myriad art works, antiquities and objects have been collected from the fantasy character’s worldwide adventures, to ensure the hotel interior had a strong story and eclectic, residential feel.

ARTIQ was delighted to include work by winner of ARTIQ’s Graduate Art Prize 2016, Marley Treloar in the collection for the salon area. Painted on a large canvas and featuring a palette of deep reds and vibrant greens, ‘Gardens’ was the perfect choice to provide a stunning focal point for the public area, elegantly evoking eastern exoticism and travel to Asia to appeal to the modern traveller.

Now in its sixth year, The Graduate Art Prize is an initiative set up by ARTIQ and co-sponsors Herbert Smith Freehills to discover and support BA and MA graduates from across the UK. The award includes a cash prize, along with the offer to sign with ARTIQ.

Since taking home the title in 2016, Marley has been a fantastic addition to the roster, with her themes of family values and her beautifully-executed figurative painting wowing hospitality and workplace clients alike.

The Graduate Art Prize 2018 will open for entries on the 29th May 2018. See http://www.graduateartprize.com/ to find out more.

Graduate Art Prize winner Marley Treloar talks on London Live

We were delighted to be invited to London Live to talk about the prize and to showcase Marley's fantastic winning work 'Gardens'.

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 Graduate Art Prize 2016 and has been awarded the £1,000 prize, along with the offer to sign up as an artist with ARTIQ.

Alice Freeman


It is daunting entering the art world straight after University. The Graduate Art Prize started by ARTIQ and Herbert Smith Freehills was a helpful transition from student to artist. Being shortlisted for the prize gave me the confidence to keep making work. ARTIQ have continued  to support me through the selling and promoting of my art. It has been rewarding to work with a company who care for and treat their artists fairly.


Click here to read Alice's interview for the Royal West of England Academy

ARTIQ interviews Clara 


Our winner of last year’s Graduate Art Prize, the brilliantly talented Clara Durán, is our artist of the month for October.

Clara creates stunning pieces using photography as her main medium, pushing its boundaries and integrating other media such as painting, poetry and performance and was recently exhibited at John Cullen on the King’s Road as part of London Design Festival. She has also taken over our Instagram for the following week.

How has your work developed over time?

My work has developed very significantly since the beginning. I specialised in photography, so I knew that my personal path had started when I developed my first film roll. In Fine Arts we had annual courses of painting, sculpture, drawing and other disciplines. I had a passion about other media as well, so I tried to put together all the things I loved.

In the beginning, I used alternative photography processes for pictorial qualities and then I started to paint photographs with watercolour. After that, I felt the urge to write small poems that went with the photos. In the third year of my degree I joined a workshop/group for poetry as well as a performance/theatre group. I explor...read full interview here



Clara Durán, an MA graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, has been declared the winner of the 2015 Graduate Art Prize, which ARTIQ co-sponsors with the London office of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Clara was awarded the £1,000 prize at a prestigious event at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices, in the heart of the City of London.

The winning artwork, entitled ‘El vapor nace en el silencio’ (Vapour is born in silence), takes the theme of water as the inspiration for talking about the liquid modernity we live in – our fast and fragile society. Clara states: ‘Water is our connector to the universe, and the memory of our planet carried through our bodies. Using photography as the main medium, I push its boundaries and integrate other media such as painting, poetry and performance. Water is not merely represented, but also part of the action by having a presence in the paint on the paper.’

Having graduated from an MA in Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital from Camberwell College of Arts this year, Clara looks set for a bright career in the arts.

The Graduate Art Prize is now growing not only in status, but also in geographical spread, with students from over 30 colleges and universities applying to enter in 2015, including, for the first time, entries from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.