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Congratulations to our 2017 Bursary winner Bryony Cox

Bryony graduated from Falmouth University in 2014 with a BA in Drawing. Since graduation she has travelled Asia extensively to look at and draw the environments and the people that inhabit them

Sri Lanka and India have been Bryony's main sources of inspiration. She seeks the quiet and unassuming moments featuring people within the very busy and vibrant comings and goings of life. The green mountains of the hill plantations in Sri Lanka and the snow capped Himalayan mountains in India have both fed her landscape work. Bryony says, 'I am intrigued by the layers within these vast expanses of scenery'.

Drawings are predominately in black and white using a section of deep colour to lead the eye into the work. Charcoal and Pastel gives her work a strong tonal depth.

Bryony applied for the bursary to learn about connecting her work to the general public and to broaden her art practice. 

Bryony is sharing Studio 25  with Lisi Ashbridge and Meriel Balston in Alton Barnes between Marlborough and Devizes.

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Bursary Winners 2016

This years bursary winners Martin Wade and Richy Burnette , are occasional residents at Tedworth House, one of Help for Heroes' Recovery Centers.
 
Both men came to art as part of a programme of activities run at the House which then went on to form an important part of their recovery process , paint giving them a voice and a joy in creative self expression. They both chose to take a City&Guilds course in painting techniques enabling them to understand more about the process of painting  and to take their art forward into civilian life.
 
Engaging with Open Studio was their idea and will be the first public viewing of their entIre work - each have received a prize for a painting exhibited last year. Visitors can expect large abstract paintings and to have fun contributing a drawing to our 'art wall'
 
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Bronte Adam and Amanda Hutchings win bursaries in 2015

Open Studios is delighted to announce, not one, but two bursary winners for our 2015 anniversary year.

Congratulations to Bronte Adam and Amanda Hutchings who both will be receiving mentoring and lessons in all styles of drawing from Michael Angove MA (RCA)

Bronte is a student at Leeds University studying for a degree in Surface Pattern who's home is Marlborough, where she plans on exhibiting her work for the open studios art trail.  Open Studios will award Bronte £250 toward her show. Read about Bronte's day of mentoring here

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Amanda Hutchings is a textile artist, who recently completed a foundation course in art and design. Amanda lives in West Overton, Nr Marlborough and hopes to exhibit from home for the art trail. Read about Amanda's day of mentoring here.

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Both artists will receive free membership for the year that will give them brochure entry, website listing and space in the Preview Show @ the Mount House Gallery (Subject to Availability), Marlborough. Contributions from Friends of MOS, as well as from exhibiting artists, go toward the bursary scheme and to the enhancement of new and emerging artists. The artists will both receive mentoring on how to get the best from open studios, advice on pricing, presentation, new work, accessibility and visitorship.

Lessons on drawing will encompass: on site, in studio and digital drawing; Photoshop turorials as well as photographic advice and social media.

Follow both artists’ progress through the mentoring and lessons on our blog later in the year. Sign up to the RSS feed via the blog here.

Well done Bronte and Amanda!


CLAIRE PETWORTH WINS THE MOS 2014 BURSARY  

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Congratulations to Claire Petworth who was awarded this year's bursary.  Claire is a mature student who started her Foundation degree at Oxford Brookes Creative Arts & Design, based in Swindon, in September 2013.  Claire works in a variety of media including print making and ceramics. She will be exhibiting at Jeanette Therrien's Studio, and will be mentored by professional artist, Meryl Setchell Ainslie MA of Rabley Drawing Centre.

Claire's printmaking and ceramics have already caught the public eye and have been illustrated in an article in Cotswold Life click here.  

You can follow Claire on her personal blog.  

More about the scheme in the Arts pages of the Gazette and Herald here.


JEMMA GUNNING IS A PAST BURSARY WINNER: JEMMA ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE

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1 - Who are you and what do you do?
I am Jemma Gunning, 25 years old and a printmaker.

2 - What kind of work do you do?
My practice is based around my encounters with the urban environment. My fascination with the beauty that erosion, decay and weathering bring to the surfaces of the landscape has become a starting point for my work. I am attracted to the effect that natural elements, human interference and time have on architectural structures within the landscape. I appreciate nothing more than coming across a segment of the land that has accidentally, naturally or purposely been eroded, chipped, flaked, ripped or faded over a period. I attempt to recreate these surfaces with varied processes, freezing my discoveries and making people more perceptually aware of their most intimate everyday surroundings. By doing this I am exploring the multi-layered histories of cities and the urban environment, focusing on the trace and residue of what or who could have been there before me. I have set out to conquer the language of abstraction, freeing myself from the confines of the formal landscape and finding new meanings and relationships between surface and mark. 

3 - Have you graduated - where from?
I graduated this year with an honors degree in ‘Drawing for fine art practice’. The course is validated by Oxford Brookes University but studied at Swindon College.

4 - In your own words how did you feel when you heard about winning the bursary?
I felt extremely excited to have been chosen and honored that the judging panel liked my work enough to offer me such an amazing opportunity. 

5 - Who was your mentor and how important was your mentor's role?
My mentor was Arran Miles. She offered me as much help and support as I needed which I found enormously useful seeing as this was one of the first times I would have exhibited my work. Arran helped me with pricing my prints, offered tips on the ways I could display my work. I found Arran to be a truly inspirational person due to her also being a print maker. Arran also invited me to see her studio where I did an interview with her which helped with my professional practice module at university. 

6 - What was your most memorable moment during the bursary?
Working with Kareen Jackson for a month where we curated a joint exhibition together in her wonderful home. We had a private view on the first opening weekend where all our family and friends came together along with the general public. This was a fantastic opportunity tonetwork and meet new interesting people.

7 - Did the bursary have any effect on your work/practice?
Yes I would say it has. I was in my second year of university whilst participating in the scheme and the feedback about my prints gave me the encouragement to carry on with the printmaking side of my practice. In the third and final year I investigated the printed mark further and chose this to be my specialist medium to work in. 

8 - In your own words how beneficial was the bursary for you?
This gave me the opportunity to be a professional artist and get first hand experience of networking, selling and curating which I found very beneficial for my degree work.

9 - Did you enjoy the Open Studio Weekends?

Very much so. It was great to meet new and different people each weekend and to have the chance to interact and talk to people about my work and get different views and feedback. I loved working with Kareen! I think we made a great team chatting away to people making them feel welcome. I think the endless supply of fresh homemade cakes and coffee helped! 

10 - Did you sell work?
Yes I sold 2 pieces of work which was a remarkable feeling! I also sold a fair few postcards. 

11 - What lessons have you learnt from the experience?
I’ve learnt how to price my work, how to network, how to curate, different ideas of how to frame and mount work. Also the importance of creating a relationship with potential clients. 

12 - Is the bursary a good and valid thing?
Yes I would recommend it to anyone looking to apply next year. It’s a marvelous opportunity to work with exciting artists and have the support of a mentor and potentially sell some work! I enjoyed the experience so much that I am participating in the MOS 2014 with Kareen again! I can’t wait to get stuck in to all the planning! 

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Collagraph prints and monoprints range between £50 - £150

Jemma Gunning

jemma_gunning@hotmail.co.uk

 www.jemmagunning-visualartist.weebly.com

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