Student wins £1,000 art prize

Ng Bing Ming talking about his work to a member of the public

Ng Bing Ming talking about his work to a member of the public - Credit: Archant

The unique work of Norwich art students has been recognised at an annual student competition.

Ng Bing Ming's winning piece titled "Pulse"

Ng Bing Ming's winning piece titled "Pulse" - Credit: Archant

Norwich University of the Arts student, Ng Bing Ming, 26, won the annual Bishop's Art Prize, a competition which invites students in their final year of study to explore Christian themes.

He won the prize against 22 other shortlisted creative pieces of work which ranged from a collection of laser cut dresses to lacquered paper windmills.

This year the students created the unique body of work in response to the brief Streams of Living Water which was set by the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Rev Graham James.

Mr Bing Ming, from Singapore, won the prize for his entry titled 'Pulse' which saw him win a £1,000 prize.

He said: 'I was very surprised to even have my work shortlisted against some great pieces of work and anything else was just going to be a bonus.

'So to have my work picked as the winner is very hard to describe in words.

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'My work took me around 30 hours to make and the meaning behind my piece is that behind the completed, successful artwork are mountains full of flawed fragments. The streams of drips of water that run through the debris are like veins with the potential drive to mend those cracks along the way.'

Other winners were Lydia Bartlett, 24, of Norwich, for her piece 'Interwoven Cables' and Vasileios Manthopoulos, 27, from Greece for 'Streams of the Eternal Living Water'. They won £500 and £250 respectively.

The judging panel was the Bishop NUA vice-chancellor Professor John Last, fine art course leader Carl Rowe and 2003 Bishop's Art Prize winner Susan Gunn.

Admission is free to view all 23 nominations at an exhibition at Norwich Cathedral which is open to the public until tomorrow. Opening hours are 9.30am to 4pm.

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