London Art Award 2010


The Cliff Moss Memorial Prize, UWE 2005

Irene Lees gained distinction for her Foundation Year and said that the BA (Hons) Drawing course has been a fantastic chance to work with a vibrant group of young people. Irene has also won the Cliff Moss award for the most unique and outstanding student of the year at the BSAMD Degree Show this year. Irene’s drawing is a large scale 8ft x 5ft drawing using white gel pen on black Canson paper. The drawing is a continuous line depicting a knitted wedding dress.

Irene said, “The importance of working in a particular way, drawing one continuous connected loop is crucial to me, it shapes and determines what I draw and helps me to understand why I draw. I began to work on a theory, that by using basic principles and processes of knitting to shape and construct garments, I would eventually, be able to translate these ideas into a three dimensional knitted drawing that would capture the scale, form, composition and texture of a knitted garment. The drawings have taken an excessive amount of time and labour using this methodology. This has led me to question the personal value and meaning that I have apportioned to them and also to question the value gained by those textile workers who produce such garments. Through this evaluative process my drawing skills have developed, progressed and promoted the emergence of new ideas about ‘what to draw?”

Martini Prize, Cheltenham Art Festival, 2006


Royal Academy - London

Wills Lane Gallery - St. Ives

Coutts Bank - London


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