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Issachar Fund Art Prize

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) are pleased to announce the recipient of the Issachar Fund Art Prize.

Complex artwork by 2019 Issachar Fund Art Prize winner Soniya Ahmed image 1
Artwork by 2019 Issachar Fund Art Prize winner Soniya Ahmed: image 1

A prize of £1000 will go to Soniya Ahmed for the production of an artwork exploring the concept of gratitude.

Soniya Ahmed was born in 1997 in Iraq and moved to the UK when she was 13. She graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2019 and is currently studying towards a Master of Letters at GSA. Soniya’s painting style uses oil and acrylic paints mixed together in an unconventional way to show human emotions through the transformative potential of materiality. This captivating style can be seen in the sample artworks shown above and below.

Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

The Issachar Fund Art Prize is part of the ‘Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives’ project chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui at the School of Divinity. The project aims to bring together scholarly voices exploring the concept of gratitude through academic workshops and community events. This project is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Issachar Fund.

 

Issachar Fund logo
Issachar Fund logo

 

Links

Gratitude project

Issachar Fund Art Prize

The Glasgow School of Art

Issachar Fund

 

Painting of nude figures with smiley face drawings stuck over their faces by Divinity 2019 Issachar Fund Art Prize winner Soniya Ahmed: image 2
Soniya Ahmed painting 2

 

Painting of complex figures by Divinity 2019 Issachar Fund Art Prize winner Soniya Ahmed: image 3
Soniya Ahmed painting 3

 

Painting of figures sitting on the floor in a room by Divinity 2019 Issachar Fund Art Prize winner Soniya Ahmed: image 4
Soniya Ahmed painting 4