A short film by GSA student Ross Finnie.
A “Mona Lisa” flick book, created by The Glasgow School of Art Visual Communication graduate, Fraser Clark, has won the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award art commission and copies of his creation were presented at the SAY ceremony instead of a trophy.
The innovative and amusing work, unveiled at Clark’s Degree Show earlier this month, was selected from a shortlist of eight and has been made into a limited edition of 10, one each for the nominees for the Scottish Album of the Year. The idea of the art commission was to celebrate the relationship between art and music in Scotland and to offer a different take on the standard award “trophy”. Each year the SAY commission will go to a recent graduate in Fine Art or Design from one of Scotland’s Art Schools.
"I was flattered to be nominated, but it's wonderful to have actually won,” says Fraser “It’s a great idea to be asked to create something special for the award, rather than them have a little statue or something more traditional."
“Deciding on one winner from such a strong field was an incredibly difficult process,” says Stewart Henderson, Chair, Scottish Music Industry Association which inaugurated the Scottish Album of the Year Awards, “and I was delighted when Fraser was selected as the winning graduate.”
“Fraser’s work represents exactly the kind of innovative, irreverent and thought-provoking creativity that the Scottish Album of the Year Award aims to highlight and champion,” he adds. “Sharing a number of cultural and contemporary reference points with many of the artists featured on the music shortlist, the care and attention channelled into the production of his books will resonate with the artists who pour so much of the same into their own album artwork.”
“One suspects that we're the only music prize awarding a specially designed flip book as the prize for the winners and the boldness of that approach leaves us a lot to be proud of in my opinion.”
“At Glasgow School of Art, as in many art schools, the connections between visual art /design and music are extremely strong,” says Professor Seona Reid, Director of the Glasgow School of Art, “so the creation of an art award to celebrate those shortlisted for the Scottish Music Album of the Year is an inspired idea with which we are very proud to be associated. The students shortlisted for the commission were also impressive, the work of each showing high levels of invention, rigour and ambition, and I congratulate Fraser for securing the commission from a very strong field.
The Scottish Album of the Year Award art commission has been supported with an investment of £20,000 from Creative Scotland. The winner is awarded a £16,000 prize (part of which is to cover the cost making the limited edition artwork). Additionally, all eight shortlisted candidates are awarded £500.
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