The Hamad Butt Memorial Prize was established in 1996 through a generous donation from the Butt family. Each year since then it has been awarded to a student of exceptional promise at the end of their second year of study on BA Fine Art.
About Hamad Butt :
Hamad Butt was born in Lahore in 1962, graduating from Goldsmiths in 1990 before his untimely death in 1994. His installation-based practice pioneered a conjunction between art and science and his visually and conceptually striking and provocative work brought him quickly to recognition. In his short career he had a significant impact with solo shows at Milch Gallery, London (1990), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (1992) and inclusion in the major group exhibition Rites of Passage at Tate, London (1995).
His work continues to be shown in group exhibitions which have included zerozerozero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1999) and Alien Nation, Manchester Art Gallery (2007). The artist’s book Familiars, in effect Butt’s final project, was published posthumously by iniVA in 1996 according to his instructions.
Familiars Part 3 (cradle)- chlorine, glass, steel wire