Student wins prize at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Nichelle Channer won the Sheppard Robson Student Exhibitor Award. Photo courtesy Royal Academy of Arts

A student from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Canterbury has won a prize at the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Nichelle Channer, who graduated from BA (Hons) Architecture in June, received the Sheppard Robson Student Exhibitor Award for her conceptual clay model which examines rising sea levels in Kent.

Nichelle, 20, from Lewisham, said: "I felt honoured enough just having my work exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show, as it's one of the largest open-submission exhibitions in the world, so winning this award is a very unexpected but brilliant surprise.

"This award means a lot to me because it's been judged by people outside of education and it's really nice to have your work appreciated and recognised by those in the industry.

"Just being in the Summer Exhibition is a good way to network so I hope to use this award as platform to pursue a career in Architecture."

Her award-winning model combines the future and current state of the rising sea levels at Sandwich in Kent. The conceptual device, which was made using clay and used objects within the grounds at UCA, considers the future and current levels of the River Stour and pinpoints the areas of Sandwich that might be soon be underwater.

Nichelle’s winning exhibit. Nichelle was invited to speak about her winning design at a special event at the Royal Academy on 28 June 2013.

Kristina Kotov, BA (Hons) Architecture lecturer, said: "I am very proud of Nichelle for being selected for the Summer Show and winning the student exhibitor prize.

"I think it's fantastic that she took the opportunity to submit work to the Royal Academy and happy for Nichelle to receive this level of recognition and acclaim at such a prestigious showcase."

Recent Architecture graduate Adam Hiles and UCA Farnham Crafts graduate, Mary-Jane Evans, are both showing at the Summer Show for the second time this year.

Professor Magdalene Odundo said: "It is not often that ceramics gets on to the Royal Academy Summer bill so it is a fantastic achievement by Mary-Jane to be successful at the Show for two successive years."

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs until 18 August 2013.

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