2015 Awardee: Anna Orton

With such a hands-on course I know I will build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to successfully develop my career in Theatre Design.

Biography

Born in Edinburgh, Anna grew up in a small village in Midlothian. In 2003 she was accepted onto the Fine Art course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and has lived in Dundee ever since.  She has supported herself throughout her studies by working multiple jobs, whilst always pushing herself to develop her own highly successful art practice.

Anna’s talents as an artist and educator were recognised by her university tutors, and she was invited to teach on the Contemporary Art Practice course at Perth College UHI.  During her time there she introduced many inspiring and innovative projects to the students she worked with, and demonstrated a natural ability to bring out the best in them. Her vast knowledge, understanding and experience of contemporary art techniques and concepts proved invaluable.

Anna has a passion for theatrical art, with strong skills in technical drawing, painting, large scale sculpture and small to-scale model making. Her ambition to explore her art in a theatrical context was fuelled by her work with the Dundee Rep, and in 2015 she applied for a Masters in Theatre Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She successfully gained a place – one of only four applicants to achieve this.

How the Award Helped

Anna’s Award enabled her to accept her place to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.  This specialist masters course offers the ideal opportunity to develop the necessary skills to pursue her chosen career path.

With such a hands-on course I know I will build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to successfully develop my career in Theatre Design.

2015 Awardee: Rhys McKenna

"The Dewar awards sent me on a great learning experience and I am extremely grateful."

Biography

Rhys McKenna is an exceptional talent in the field of fashion, whose enthusiasm and dedication has earned him exceptional opportunities to work internationally. He has gathered inspiration in Edinburgh, New York and Beijing, with projects and internships for major names such as Michael Kors, MacKintosh and H&M.

Born in Stirling, Scotland, Rhys developed a passion for fashion design from an early age.  Whilst Head Boy at Stirling High School he reinvented the house identities as a project, and also cites his 15 years of participation in Tae Kwon Do as an influence on his work.

In 2012, Rhys began studying fashion at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout his studies, he supported himself financially by selling paintings, working in Slaters Menswear and providing academic tuition. This strong work ethic is something that he also applies to his practice and development as a fashion designer.

Rhys specialises in menswear. His ambition is to pursue a career in outerwear and tailoring, with postgraduate studies in Menswear Design and Design Informatics.

How the Award Helped

Rhys’ Dewar Arts Award enabled him to undertake an internship in New York with the prestigious fashion company, Rochambeau.

"The Dewar awards sent me on a great learning experience and I am extremely grateful."

2015 Awardee: Christopher McEvoy Barton

"The Dewar Arts Award has let me pursue a masters at the Royal College of Art, to hone my skills and perfect my craft."

Biography

Descended from a family of mill workers and a Calton weaver,  Christopher McEvoy Barton brings a rich heritage to the discipline of textiles design. Specialising in woven textiles, Christopher is a keen researcher whose work shows continued innovation.

Having grown up in North East Glasgow, Christopher chose to study at the Glasgow School of Art. During his time there he won numerous awards for his achievements, including the Glasgow’s Incorporation of Weavers Prize, The Gillian Purvis Award for Primary Research and Glasgow’s Incorporation of Weavers Award for Innovation.

Christopher has successfully gained opportunities to work with top named designers, such as Niki Jones, and was approached to design a ’50 Years of Strathclyde’ graduation cap for the University of Strathclyde. He has interned at Bespoke Atelier, Centex Exports and for the couture weavers Malhia Kent in Paris.  Whilst there he learned about small high end production of cloth – a theme that he has carried on into his own practice.

A passionate ambassador for Scottish textiles, it is Christopher’s dearest ambition to support the textile manufacturing industry in bringing jobs back to Glasgow.

How the Award Helped

Christopher received an award to support him in undertaking postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art.

"The Dewar Arts Award has let me pursue a masters at the Royal College of Art, to hone my skills and perfect my craft."

2015 Awardee: Colleen Leitch

"The Dewar Award has taken the pressure away from my design process and has given me freedom to experiment with new materials."

Biography

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Colleen was just 10 years old when she decided she wanted to pursue a career in fashion.  Always passionate about drawing and design, she engaged in her art as a form of escapism.

Colleen has a strong personal connection with photography and the feeling that is evoked when capturing the effects of light. For her, they symbolise a purity of belief and sense of wonder. Through experimentation with materials and textiles, Colleen communicates the effects that light can have on the body.

Colleen graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a First Class degree, and went on to show her graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week, 2014. It was here she achieved the David Band Textile Award and was subsequently nominated for the Scottish Fashion Awards, where she won the Fashion Graduate of the Year.

How the Award Helped

Colleen received a Dewar Arts Award to support her experimentation in design, whilst studying an MA in Womenswear Fashion at the Royal College of Art.

“I want to further explore capturing beauty and feeling of wonder through my designs, to create garments that represent me and my faith.”

Colleen Leitch – Light

"The Dewar Award has taken the pressure away from my design process and has given me freedom to experiment with new materials."

2014 Awardee: Aimee McCulloch

This gives me an incredible chance to consolidate and push my skills, and is the ideal stepping stone for a future as a stained glass artist

Biography

Hailing from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, Aimee is a talented artist who has lived in Scotland all her life.

Whilst studying a 4 year degree course in illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College, Aimee became increasingly drawn to working with stained glass.  Finding this to be an ideal medium for her detailed and colourful designs, Aimee experimented with innovative ways to utilise the medium within illustration.  After undertaking a period of research and independent investigation she created a final degree show comprising almost entirely of glass panels.

Aimee has explored her passion keenly, developing her skills by securing an internship with a Glasgow glass studio, taking short courses and visiting practising artists.  In 2014 she gained a postgraduate place on the only glass course in Scotland – the MA in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art.  This offered the perfect opportunity to try new techniques and resources, which would otherwise be unavailable to her.

How the Award Helped

Aimee was granted an award to support her in studying on the MA in Glass – a unique course that specialises in her area of talent and interest.

This gives me an incredible chance to consolidate and push my skills, and is the ideal stepping stone for a future as a stained glass artist

2014 Awardee: Jessie White

Being supported by the Dewar Award allows me to spend all of my time in the studio or in an internship, which will highly benefit my work. It is greatly appreciated.

Biography

Originally from Devon, Jessie’s family moved to Scotland in 1992.  A passionate fashion designer, Jessie funded herself through a degree course at the Gray’s School of Art.  She proved herself to be an exceptional student, possessing sophisticated technical skills as well as an aptitude for critical thinking.

In 2013 Jessie’s graduate collection, entitled Getting it Wrong, won the BP Design Award.  She was subsequently invited to contribute to exhibitions as well as being offered the position of Graduate in Residence.

Jessie has taught workshops in pattern making, construction and illustration.  She was accepted onto the MA in Fashion Artefact at the London College of Fashion and continues to enjoy working on challenging and diverse projects.

How the Award Helped

Jessie received an Award to fund her masters studies at the London College of Fashion, offering her the opportunity to refine her skills and develop her brand identity.

Being supported by the Dewar Award allows me to spend all of my time in the studio or in an internship, which will highly benefit my work. It is greatly appreciated.

2014 Awardee: Hayley McSporran

It would not have been possible for me to study a postgraduate course without the help of the Dewar Awards. I'm eternally grateful.

Biography

Hailing from Glasgow, Hayley studied fashion design at Cardonald College for three years before moving to Aberdeen in 2012.  She gained direct entry into the third year of a BA Fashion Design at the Grays School of Art, where she demonstrated maturity and focus in her practice.  In 2014 she graduated with a first class honours degree.

Returning to her home town, Hayley was offered a place to study on the Masters in Fashion and Textlies course at the Glasgow School of Art.

How the Award Helped

Hayley’s Dewar Award allowed her to accept her masters place at the Glasgow School of Art.  This is an advanced skills programme which will allow her to develop and hone her individual ‘design signature’.

On achieving her award, Hayley said:

“Having studied Fashion Design for the past five years, I am more determined than ever to work hard and be a successful fashion designer in the industry.  Undertaking the MDes Fashion and textiles course at Glasgow School of Art is an essential step towards my ambition of eventually having my own fashion label. The course itself is providing me with the perfect platform for progression in development of my work and cementing my own creative design identity.”

Since the Award

Whilst studying on the MDes, Hayley continued to impress with her work and was awarded the John Mather Rising Scholarship Award in 2015. Read more here.

Hidden Utopia AW15 from Joe Hart Creative on Vimeo.

It would not have been possible for me to study a postgraduate course without the help of the Dewar Awards. I'm eternally grateful.

2014 Awardee: Kim Norrie

I feel that being submerged in the heart of the British design industry is the best place for me to develop and learn my craft whilst continuing my education at the Royal College of Art. I am hugely grateful and honored to receive a Dewar Arts Award.

Biography

Kim is a Scottish textile designer raised in the small town of Kirriemuir in Angus. She lived and studied in Aberdeen for four years where she achieved a First class BA (Hons) in Textile and Surface Design.

Having spent a year as Graduate in Residence at Grays School of Art, Kim held various workshops for textile students and gave one-on-one tuition.  She then went on to gain a place on the MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London.

Kim’s work is greatly inspired by relationships with people and places she has felt connected to.  She received a great response at her undergraduate degree show where she won the Design in Action Award for Commercial Poetical, and again at New Designers 2013 where she won the New Designers Christy Carpets Association Prize.

In addition to her Dewar Award, Kim was also awarded a QEST scholarship to support her masters studies. Her ambition is to establish her own brand within the British textile industry, whilst continuing to support the learning and development of others.

How the Award Helped

Kim received a Dewar Award to support her studies on the MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

I feel that being submerged in the heart of the British design industry is the best place for me to develop and learn my craft whilst continuing my education at the Royal College of Art. I am hugely grateful and honored to receive a Dewar Arts Award.

2013 Awardee: Morwenna Darwell

I feel humbled by the support I have received from the Dewar Arts Awards. The grant has allowed me to take full advantage of my time at The Royal College of Art. Your support went way beyond my expectation, something I feel deeply grateful for.

Biography

Morwenna had an unusual childhood, growing up on a vibrant community farm in Dumfries & Galloway, where her family lived with and supported adults with learning difficulties.  Morwenna describes this as a busy and rich environment where she was able to roam freely around the farm and its many creative workshops.

Attracted by the glamour of fashion, Morwenna aspired to become a fashion designer from the age of 10.  She completed a foundation course at the Leith School of Art and then gained a First Class Honors in Fashion from the Edinburgh College of Art.

Morwenna has demonstrated an outstanding ability and talent through her studies and placements, and has won numerous awards for her work.  Her ambition is to become part of a design team at a design house, and ultimately to set up her own label.  She has been described as a ‘name to watch’ for the future of fashion.

How the Award Helped

Morwenna received a Dewar Arts Award to support her in undertaking a two year ‘Masters in Fashion Womenswear’ course at the Royal Collage of Art.

Since the Award

June 2013 – David Band Textile Award (2nd Prize)

I feel humbled by the support I have received from the Dewar Arts Awards. The grant has allowed me to take full advantage of my time at The Royal College of Art. Your support went way beyond my expectation, something I feel deeply grateful for.

2012 Awardee: Adil Iqbal

My aim is to push the boundaries of arts and crafts...through collaboration between communities

Biography

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Adil studied Clothing Design and Manufacture at Heriot Watt University. Since graduating he has built up an impressive portfolio.

Adil’s designs have been showcased at celebrated fashion weeks in London and New York. He has worked with high profile labels including TataNaka and Hugo Boss and has been featured in Vogue. He now runs his own label Adil Design.

Through his work, Adil explores themes of society, culture and time. He incorporates “echos of his travels and his Pakistani heritage”. He has a passion for cross cultural collaboration that promotes the sharing of knowledge and skills.

How the Award Helped

Funding from the Dewar Arts Awards will support Adil’s project work connecting weavers of the Outer Hebrides with embroiderers of Chital, Pakistan. Adil aims to develop an exchange of ideas and techniques, establishing a craft dialogue between the two regions. A series of workshops in Scotland and Pakistan will produce innovative design work consisting of collages, hand drawings, embroidery and digital printed fabrics. Celtic Folklore will be interpreted and translated into contemporary hand-loomed textiles, culminating in a travelling exhibition.

Through this project, Adil hopes to create a bridge between communities and promote cultural awareness between Scotland and Pakistan.

Since the Award

2008 Vogue Feature
2009 Scotsman Feature
2012 Scotsman Feature

My aim is to push the boundaries of arts and crafts...through collaboration between communities