A UCLan professor has been awarded the Artist of the Year by Apollo Magazine, beating world famous artist David Hockney to the title.
Professor Lubaina Himid MBE is a professor of Contemporary Art and a PhD supervisor at the uni. Previously she has been nominated for the Turner Prize, and had a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island in Bristol.
Speaking of her nomination, Lubaina said: “The award means a great deal, firstly because I’ve never won an artists’ prize before and it was a magnum of champagne.
“More seriously, it’s great to be able to thank all the people who have supported me, including my students and colleagues at UCLan.”
Lubaina has been in the art industry for the best part of four decades, using her art to bring attention to the African diaspora and slave industry.
The university has expressed their support for the professor, with the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries, Dr Andrew Ireland, saying:
“We are delighted for Lubaina who is in the midst of a very exciting time in her career. Both the city and university benefit enormously from her work and we are proud of what she has achieved.”