Lorraine Lim Prize (academic year 2019/20)

It is with great pleasure to announce Francesca Danesi as this year’s winner of the Postgraduate MA Lorraine Lim Prize for her dissertation Cultural diversity, Italian brava gente, and everyone else: Exploring discourses around second-generation youth within the 2015-2018 government-led MigrArti initiative that she wrote for the MA in Arts Policy and Management. The Committee unanimously agreed that this thesis was well-researched and fluently written, and emerged as the strongest of the MA submissions, in terms of its depth of analysis and critical insight.

The Committee award Dalma Tarnok as this year’s winner of the Undergraduate Lorraine Lim Prize for their final project: Evaluating Inclusion and Accessibility in Museums for School Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This excellent undergraduate dissertation written for their BA Arts and Media Management about museum access for children on the autism spectrum is a timely topic about a much often overlooked disability and the findings offer practical solutions for museums looking to support children with a range of conditions, such as sensory sensitivities and a lack of social skills, during their visit.

The runner-up prize goes to Ellen Kemp for her essay London’s Independent Cinemas and COVID-19 Restrictions: Responses, online solutions and impacts on the UK film exhibition sector. It represented the best of the film submissions, with a solid and comprehensive report about the impact of lockdown on the activities of independent film exhibition in London. This essay was written for the MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating.