We want to congratulate ECA student and fine artist Hannah Joy Grist on being selected as the winner for the first ever SSA x Wasps Award.

Some of the Wasps team visited the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh on Friday 16 December for the SSA’s 130th Annual Exhibition to select someone from the wide array of work on show spanning print, installation, film, sculpture and painting by the country’s fine artists.

We were struck by the scale and ingenuity of Hannah’s radiator sculptures Self Neglect in the Comfort Zone I & II, and the skill that had gone into manipulating such unwieldy objects by stacking and bending the metal so precisely. Our new Project Coordinator (Arts) Caitlin Callaghan was excited to be a part of the judging process in selecting Hannah to receive this prize for the first time.

Well done to all the participating artists and the SSA on a fantastic show, and congratulations to everyone that also won a prize on the night, including The Briggait tenant Lynsey MacKenzie who won a show at TATHA Gallery in Fife next year. We look forward to working with Hannah in 2023 to host an exhibition of her work at The Briggait. Due to her vast variety within her practice, we are keen to see how she uses this opportunity at The Briggait to take her work to the next step. She was also winner of the SSA New Graduate award.

You can visit the SSA’s 130th Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy until Tuesday 10 January 2023. Click here to visit the SSA website for more information.

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