Winners of Gower Memorial Creative Arts Prize Announced

  • Kitty and the TV
    Kitty and the TV - Eve Finnie
3 November, 2016

We are pleased to announce the winner and two runners-up of the Gower Memorial Creative Arts Prize 2016.

The Gower Memorial Creative Arts Prize, held every three years, is the result of a generous benefaction by Mr and Mrs Robert Gower in memory of their daughter Philippa.

The Gower Memorial Creative Arts Prize is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the College and entries were received in mediums including: photography, painting and drawing, poetry, drama, prose and artistic performance. 

There was a very strong field of twenty-six entries this year and the judges, Professor Annette Volfing (Fellow in Modern Languages) and Dr Lydia Matthews (Lecturer in Ancient History), after careful deliberation, selected three entries to share the £500 prize money. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner and runners-up!


Eve Finnie - Kitty and the TV 

(6ft x 5ft oil painting on canvas)

"This is a painting of my little sister (Kitty) doing various activities after school layered over each other from the point of view of the television, which was playing throughout the evening."

View a pdf of the painting here.


Charlotte Willis - Of Strange Folk and Monsters

(Series of black and white illustrations)

"My entry is a small collection of black and white drawings. My inspiration for these pictures was the work of Arthur Rackham and traditional European fairytales. In these photographs of my original drawings I wanted to convey a thoughtful stillness and a sense of the artistic process."

View the full collection here

Rebecca Slater - All the Blues I've Ever Known 


"All the Blues I've Ever Known is a poetic response to my hometown, Sydney, which I recently left to pursue my studies in literature and writing at Oxford University."

Read the poem.