A 9 month programme of mentoring, networking and training for recent graduates of UK art schools who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway.
A development of the Young Artists Bursary Mentoring Programme, Emerge is a 9 month programme of mentoring, networking and training for recent graduates of UK art schools who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. The graduates will be mentored by professional experienced artists in the run up to and beyond Spring Fling. As part of this programme the young artists are awarded a bursary to create new work.
The programme will introduce a series of talks, critiques, networking and go & see opportunities between young artists and mentors with the young artists working more cohesively as a group and to encourage critical debate of artwork and practice on a ‘mentor to mentee’ and a ‘peer to peer’ level.
Those taking part in 2016 are visual artist Denise Zygadlo, from Auldgirth, who will be mentoring Morgan Hardie, a Dumfries-based portrait painter and gallery assistant at Gracefield Arts Centre.
Lisa Rothwell Young, a Langholm based jeweller who runs Langholm’s Cut The Mustard gallery is mentoring Clare Williams who works with textiles and surface designs including beautiful scarves and cushions, based near Lockerbie.
Sarah Keast, from Moniaive, who is well known for her printmaking and for her love of the ocean, ships and sea life, will mentor Emily Nash, from near Wigtown, who specialises in drawing, mixed media and printmaking.
The 2016 project is made possible by the Holywood Trust, which is supporting two of the young artists and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust which is supporting the third.
For 2017 we have awarded two Emerge Bursaries. The recipients are portrait painter Luke Fitch and textile designer Rosie Reid. Luke and Rosie will be mentored by Katharine Wheeler and Morag Macpherson respectively. The 2017 programme is supported by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the 2017 project here.