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Copyrightę2009 MaryMcCaffrey

This long-standing award is presented to a final year student of BA Fine and Applied Arts at University of Ulster, Belfast. As the title suggests, it aims to recognise cutting edge and quality work.   The painting is currently part of the growing corporate collection at Diageo Northern Ireland.

The idea for this painting arose one day while walking along the River Lagan in Belfast. My son  Sean on discovering a sheet of paper on the ground, decided to make a paper boat, which he placed on the water. This to me was significant as Sean had now left his mark on the river. I photographed the incident which I knew would be a good subject for a painting.

I received the Emerging Artist award for this painting at the Degree Show in June, 2008.