Emerge 2019 Recipients Exhibition at Catstrand


Exhibition on throughout October - November

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Sarah Rogers (detail)
Sarah Rogers (detail)

We are delighted to share the news that our 2019 Emerge recipients, Sarah Rogers and Jordan Chisholm, have their work on display at the Catstrand in New Galloway. You can see their work during October & November at the venue. The exhibition marks the end of the 2019 Emerge mentoring and bursary programme, which has now drawn to a close. Both young artists have used the 9 month programme to develop their work, widen their networks, undertake 'go & see' trips and gain valuable insight from their mentors on how to work as a professional artist or maker.

In 2019, Upland awarded two Emerge Bursaries for young artists and makers under 30 years.  The emerging artists are matched with an established practitioner in a related discipline, given £1000 to fund the creation of new work and gain funded and automatic entry into Spring Fling Open Studios. The programme is aimed at emerging artists who intend to pursue a career as a professional artist / maker, providing support which will enable the participants to develop both creatively and professionally providing a stepping stone between education and a career in the arts.

Sarah Rogers graduated from Duncan of Jordastone College of Art, Dundee in 2017 after completing her BA (Hons) in Jewellery and metal design.  Her work focuses on structural organic forms created predominantly in gold and silver wires. By playing with the fragility of the wires and how they can be layered and connected, her work explores our dependence on nature and the constraints we are creating through damaging and destroying our natural environment. 

Jordan Chisholm graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018 achieving a BA Honours (First Class) Contemporary Performance Practice. Jordan also has an HNC in Social Care and feels her arts practice blurs the lines between these two worlds and offers a common ground, accessible to all. She says, "Art has helped me help myself, it has helped me understand better the world in which we live. Creating is my own form of therapy and in doing so, I hope that I can help you too. I aspire that my practice can assist in redefining perceptions of art and performance; for it is caring, and there is nothing more innately human than that."

Sarah was mentored by both Alison Macleod and Lisa Rothwell-Young and Jordan was mentored by Jo Hodges. 

Emerge 2019 is funded by The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland.