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The Betty and Peter McLean Prize – Bath Spa University

The Betty and Peter McLean Prize

Brief description

The Betty and Peter McLean prize will be awarded to a graduating postgraduate student working predominantly in ceramics. All MA Ceramics students submitting work for the Master’s Project module are eligible. 

The new prize is funded by a generous gift from one of the world's leading conceptual artists, Bruce McLean, and is named in honour of his parents. Once all entries have been judged, one worthy prize winner will be chosen to receive £1,000 and have the opportunity to meet with Bruce.

Number of awards available: 1 Bath Spa University student 


All Bath Spa MA Fine Art students using clay as a significant element of their practice are eligible to apply.

About Bruce McLean

Bruce established his career in the 1960s and has worked in a wide variety of media and contexts, including performance, painting, print, architecture, video and ceramics. He has also taught in a number of art schools, notably as Professor of Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where he was Head of Graduate Painting. 

Talking about his generous donation, Bruce said: “I decided to give a prize to a student in the ceramics department because I loved the atmosphere generated by the staff, students and great working space. It also felt like an art school.”

Bruce’s relationship with Bath Spa began when he was invited to give a demonstration to students in 2017. Reflecting on the experience, Bruce continued: “Not being a real potter, the jug I was making began to come apart in front of the students, causing some mirth. We need more art schools like this, laughing and learning and lunching.”

How to apply 

There is no application process. Bruce McLean and Conor Wilson will select from the work presented for the Degree Show, on 30 September.

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