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Northumbria University graduates win Great North Run art commission

Two recent fine art graduates from Northumbria University are to create a £4,000 artwork for the 2014 Bupa Great North Run

Oliver Perry and Hope Stebbing who have won a Great North Run Culture commission
Oliver Perry and Hope Stebbing who have won a Great North Run Culture commission

Hope Stebbing and Oliver Perry have won a graduate artist commission to produce an artwork for the 2015 Bupa Great North Run.

The pair, recent graduates of Northumbria University’s fine art degree course, plan to create 1.2m high concrete letters, spelling out the phrase ‘ONWARD, TOGETHER, AS ONE’ and to be displayed along the course to provide inspiration to the runners.

They will receive £4,000 to fulfil the commission which arises out of a partnership between Great North Run Culture and the university.

“The standard of submissions we received from the students was incredible and we’re so pleased to have started this partnership with Northumbria University,” said Beth Bate, director of Great North Run Culture.

“What we liked about Hope’s and Oliver’s proposal was the way they intend to integrate their work with the course the run takes, disrupting while also working with the landscape.”

The pair successfully pitched their idea to a panel which also included Ronan McCree, Fiona Crisp and Jamie Steane, representing the art and media departments of the university.

Hope said: “We’re very pleased to have been chosen to create a piece of art for the Great North Run.”

Oliver added: “It’s so synonymous with the North East and for our installation to be part of that is brilliant.

“We’re really looking forward to getting started.”

Fiona Crisp, reader in fine art at the university, said: “Hope and Oliver are beneficiaries of Northumbria’s Graduate School Northumbria scheme where graduates are given the space and time to evolve networks and entrepreneurial activity while continuing to develop their creative work.

“They both richly deserve this prestigious award and the fantastic professional opportunities it brings.”

Their finished work will be part of Great North Run Culture’s annual arts programme which coincides with the run, linking art and sport.


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