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Emerge

A programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artists and makers who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway.

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Emerge recipient Luke Fitch with his mentor Katharine Wheeler (2017)
Clare Williams with her mentor Lisa Rothwell Young during Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Hattersley
Emerge 2016 participant Morgan Hardie exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Emerge 2016 participant Emily Nash exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Luke Fitch, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017. Photo by Colin Hattersley.
Rosie Reid, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017.
Kyna Hodges, recipient 2018
David Rae, recipient 2018
Izzy Leach (recipient 2020) with mentor Kim Ayres
Rachel Shnapp, recipient 2021
Sian Yeshe, recipient 2021
Savannah Crosby: Emerge Recipient 2022
Joshua Williams: Emerge Recipient 2022
Abbie La Rooy: Emerge Recipient 2023
Rachel Ashcroft: Emerge Recipient 2023

Emerge is a programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artists or makers who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Emerge recipients will be mentored by professional experienced artists / makers over a 6-9 month period, awarded a bursary of £1000 to create new work and take part in Spring Fling Open Studios. 

The programme also offers funding towards Go & See Trips,  enabling the mentor and mentee to attend relevant events such as exhibitions, conferences, workshops or classes. 

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Applications are now closed for Emerge 2023 for which we are offering two bursaries:

  • One for emerging artists and makers aged 30 years and under (supported by The Holywood Trust).
  • One for emerging artists and makers of ANY age (supported by Creative Scotland).

Subject to funding the programme runs annually. Applications usually open in September. 

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EMERGE 2023

For 2023, The Emerge Recipients Are...

Abbie La Rooy

Abbie has been pursuing ceramics full time since April 2021, when she moved to Dumfries and Galloway to work for Clay Works Studios. Alongside working as a technician and tutor, Abbie has been establishing her ceramic practice. This has involved developing skills technically and establishing a visual “language”.

Abbie’s current body of work carries anthropomorphic references, loosely centred around the “grotesque”. Working with both commercial and locally sourced clays, she employs traditional techniques to create innovative, unexpected outcomes to construct a narrative. As her practice has developed, Abbie has found herself drawn to locally sourced raw materials and traditional processes to manufacture objects.

Rachel Ashcroft

Rachel graduated in Sculpture from Manchester School of Art in 2009. In 2015 Rachel re-trained in bench joinery. Since moving to the region six years ago, Rachel has developed a small business as a crafts-person making contemporary crafts from sustainably sourced hardwood.

Under the moniker ‘Woman of the Woods’ Rachel designs, makes and sells items for the home from local hardwoods and found driftwood, such as spoons, boards, bowls and coffee tables. Rachel designs all of her products with a modern aesthetic, taking care to highlight the beauty and grain of each piece.

Emerge 2023 is funded by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. 

EMERGE 2022

For 2022, the Emerge recipients were...

Joshua Williams

Joshua is a potter with a studio in Newton Stewart.

Josh makes functional ware, which is currently made using earthenware clay. He is currently experimenting with local clays and materials in order to further develop his own unique style.

Following a two year apprenticeship at a production Pottery in Oxfordshire, Josh returned to the region and set up his ceramic studio in 2020. 

Savannah Crosby

Savannah recently graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a MA in Creative Media Practice, having previously completed the BA (Hons) Photography course at the University of Cumbria.

Savannah’s work focuses on landscape/nature photography, exploring mental health and how being around nature helps improve mental health and wellbeing.

Emerge 2022 is funded by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. 

EMERGE 2021

For 2021, the Emerge recipients were...

Rachel Lucy Shnapp

Rachel graduated from University of Glasgow with a MA in Philosophy and English Literature and having worked within the film industry for a number of years, is looking to hone her creative practice within visual art film. She is based between London and Moniaive and will be mentored by Mark Lyken with additional support from Colin Tennant and Saskia Coulson (CT Productions).

Sian Yeshe Blackburn

Sian works in film and digital media and since graduating from a MA creative practice course from the University of Cumbria in 2020 has been keen to further explore the rural culture of Southern Scotland through documentary work. She is based in Langholm and will be mentored by John Wallace with additional support from Colin Tennant and Saskia Coulson (CT Productions). 

Emerge 2021 is funded by the Holywood Trust, Creative Scotland and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust.

A short film about Sian's site specific installation, Felt Not Telt, which was created during her time on Emerge. The film itself was created by participants of Jump Cut (a project for young people to learn film making skills).


 

EMERGE 2020 

For 2020, we awarded three Emerge Young Artist Bursaries, including a new bursary for emerging artists and makers of any age (supported by Creative Scotland).

2020's recipients were...

Blossom McCuaig
Blossom graduated from Lancaster University with a BA English Literature & Philosophy. She is based in Dumfries, doing illustration, installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, murals and street art and was mentored in 2020 by Emma Varley, Lucy MacLeod and Mark Zygadlo.

Sophie Jarzyna
Sophie is a self-taught potter from Langholm (currently based here and with a studio in neighbouring Claygate). She completed an Art & Design Foundation Diploma at Cumbria Institute of the Arts and was mentored by Chris Taylor and Clare Dawdry.

Izzy Leach
Izzy studied Communication Design (Photography) at Glasgow School of Art. Based in Kirkcudbright, she is a photographer and filmmaker. She was mentored by CT Productions (Colin Tennant & Saskia Coulson) and Kim Ayres.  

Emerge 2020 was supported by The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. 

EMERGE 2019

In 2019, we awarded two Emerge Young Artist Bursaries for 2019 to emerging artists Jordan Chisholm (mentored by Jo Hodges) and Sarah Rogers (mentored by Alison Macleod and Lisa Rothwell-Young).

Sarah graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2017 after completing her BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design.

Jordan graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018 achieving a BA Honours (First Class) Contemporary Performance Practice.

Emerge 2019 was funded by The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the programme here.

EMERGE 2018
The 2018 recipients were David Rae (mentored by Bea Last) and Kyna Hodges (mentored by Denise Zygadlo and Morag Paterson).

David graduated from Grays School of Art in 2017 with a first class honours in painting. He creates paintings based on locations that featured in his childhood, places he has visited or imagined. 

Kyna graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 where she studied Communication Design, specialising in photography. Kyna's practice includes installation, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The 2018 programme was funded by The Holywood Trust and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust. Read more about the 2018 programme here.

EMERGE 2017

For 2017 we awarded two Emerge Bursaries. The recipients were portrait painter Luke Fitch and textile designer Rosie Reid. Luke and Rosie were mentored by Katharine Wheeler and Morag Macpherson respectively. The 2017 programme was supported by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the 2017 project here.

EMERGE 2016

Those taking part in 2016 were visual artist Denise Zygadlo, from Auldgirth, who mentored Morgan Hardie, a Dumfries-based portrait painter and gallery assistant at Gracefield Arts Centre.

Lisa Rothwell Young, a Langholm based jeweller mentored 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, mentored Emily Nash, from near Wigtown, who specialises in drawing, mixed media and printmaking.

The 2016 project was made possible by the Holywood Trust, which supported two of the young artists and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust which supported the third.