Seeing my work recognized in this way amongst a selection of peers was powerful and restorative. Before seeing it I’d been seriously contemplating my ability to return to my arts practice, yet the nomination gave me hope to persevere through what was personally a very difficult time.
Performing Arts: 25th Anniversary Awards, 2018
My time was spent exploring how advances in biotechnology and engineering can be applied to everyday objects and architecture to increase the quality of our lives.
Materials Innovation, 2017
For me, the award was not simply a financial support, but supportive in the sense that it acknowledged my work and efforts which sometimes are so unbelievably alienating in the process of producing.
Visual Arts: 25th Anniversary Awards, 2018
With the prize money I was able to buy a bigger kiln, new burner and a new, better extraction hood. The kiln allowed me to make bigger work and I used it for a number of these new neon pieces. The more powerful extraction system enabled me to do further experiments with applied lustre and work in a more healthy studio environment.
Craft :25th Anniversary Award, 2018
With the Arts Foundation Award behind me I made the step I otherwise would not have been able to do and entered entirely into independent working.
Producer of Live Music , 2016
Thanks to this fellowship I could dedicate half of my weekly time to the development of the first “living and breathing chandelier” using the new BioSolar Leaf as light diffusers.
Materials Innovation, 2017
For me, along with the crucial financial wage the fellowship afforded me, was the time it gave me to really sit and think about a new piece of music, its performance and really what I wanted to say in terms of content, subject matter, context and narrative.
Jazz Composition, 2017
As part of the application I made clear that if I won the Award I would have the opportunity to commit to my first ever solo exhibition at the renowned ARAM Gallery in London. I had never been in such a financial position to commit to such an opportunity before.
Furniture Design, 2017
As a result of my Arts Foundation fellowship in Live Art, awarded in 2017 I have been able to expand the limits of my practice beyond what I thought possible.
Live Art, 2017
One of the areas of Choral Conducting that I wanted to focus on improving my conducting technique. Having this space and dedicated time for lessons has greatly benefited me and the choirs I work with and has enabled me to express myself as a conductor to a much greater extent.
Choral Conducting, 2015
I’m delighted to say that the Arts Foundation Fellowship has had a significant effect on my personal practice and working life as well, I believe, as on the reception of creative non-fiction as an increasingly popular and respected genre in the UK.
Creative Non-Fiction, 2017
In many ways the Award has allowed me to gestate for the year and develop as an artist in ways I wouldn't have had the creative space for had the finances not been available.
Folk Music, 2011