Prizes @ WMC 13/14 – Retrospective

Lowes Dickinson Prize 2014
and the
Frances Martin Prize 2014

(September 2014 – October 2014)

Displayed throughout September and October 2014, the works from the successful entries to the Lowes Dickinson Prize and the new Francis Martin Prize.

The Lowes Dickinson Prize is named after Lowes Cato Dickinson who was a tutor, artist and founder member of Working Men’s College.  The Prize is funded through a grant left by him to enhance the learner experience at Working Men’s college and has manifested itself in many versions over the years, ranging from travel scholarships to one-off prizes for artworks.

In offering a number of prizes, the Prize aims to support the learning of students at Working Men’s College. This year the Prize was split into 3 categories: Personal Journey in Learning, Contribution to the Community and Sustainability and Heritage.


New for students in 2013/14 was our pilot Francis Martin Prize for poetry and literature which celebrated the literary works of our students.  WMC students they got creative by putting pen to paper or by typing up their prose.  The prize has its roots firmly based in the College as Frances Martin founded the College for Working Women which was house together and then merged with WMC in the 20th century. Winners are also celebrated in the Ruskin Gallery.


Successes in 2013/14

Lowes Dickinson Prize 2014

Name / Category / Title / Course

Vojsava Fakhro / Personal Journey in Learning / Girl with a gold earring / Sculpture All Levels

Clifford Gabb / Personal Journey in Learning / The Conversation / Fine Art All Levels

George Little / Personal Journey in Learning / Seated Lady / Life Drawing All Levels

Jane Mundeross / Personal Journey in Learning / Ceramic Boats / Handbuilt Forms

Khadija Raza / Personal Journey in Learning / Model set theatre based on Sylvia Beach / Foundation Diploma Art and Design

Joanna Sawicka / Personal Journey in Learning / Untitled / Ceramics Level 2

Hideko Oka Ward / Personal Journey in Learning / Head of girl / Handbuilt Forms

Christopher Simpson / Contribution to the Community / Untitled / Foundation Diploma Art and Design

Michael Alderton / Sustainability and Heritage / That’s All Folks! / Painting: Developing Techniques

Charlotte Gilks / Sustainability and Heritage / 30 teapots / Foundation Diploma Art and Design

Francesca Souza / Sustainability and Heritage / Relative Bonds /

Somaye Zadeh / Contribution to the Community / Performance (Iranian + Middle Eastern Jazz fusion) / Pro Logic Intermediate

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Frances Martin Prize 2014

Name / Title / Course

Anne-Marie Clarke / Slapdash / Fine Art All Levels – First Prize

Somaye Zadeh / The Funk / Logic Pro Intermediate – Second Prize

Sam Flynn / An Alien Sends a Postcard from Ridley Road / Creative Writing – Joint Third Prize

Andrew McCall / S Stands for Scotland / Creative Writing – Joint Third Prize

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About ruskingallery

The Ruskin Gallery is located at the Working Men's College in Camden. Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of Working Men’s College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects. The Ruskin Gallery is run by curator Esther Windsor, who is a curator, artist and writer living and working in London. Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.