I have recently been selected for the 2015 Jerwood Makers Award along with Manifold studiomate Ian McIntyre, Jasleen Kaur and Malene Hartmann Rasmussen and Studio Silo.
The initiative, now entering its fifth year, promotes the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts. The awards gifted to each artist afford them a rare opportunity to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices independently of specific commissioning structures.
The artists were selected by an independent panel comprising Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine;Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers – the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition; andMichael Marriott, leading product designer and curator.
On the submission process and final selection, the panel commented:
‘Whittling down the finalists from this year’s record number of entries was genuinely tough. In the end the five chosen displayed a high level of technical skill combined with imagination and intellectual adventure. They are all attempting to take their practice in a new direction. 2015’s Jerwood Makers Open promises to be an exhilarating exhibition.’
You can find out more about the show here.