2004 Awardee: Katie Mackenzie

I have been immersed in traditional music and song from a young age and have always known it is what I want to pursue a career in

Biography

From an early age Katie wanted to be a traditional musician.

She has supported well-known Scottish band Capercaillie and performed at the Festival de Cornouaille in Brittany, Falun Folk Festival in Sweden and the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival. In 2005 she performed at Celtfest in Cork as part of the European City of Culture Celebrations.

Katie is studying Scottish music at the RSAMD, Glasgow.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award enabled Katie to buy her a professional-standard clàrsach.

I have been immersed in traditional music and song from a young age and have always known it is what I want to pursue a career in

2004 Awardee: Luke Fowler

Biography

Glasgow-based artist, Luke Fowler, graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in 2000 and has specialised in film documentaries on sociological, historical or cultural issues.

A leading Scottish curator described Luke as “one of the most exciting and ambitious artists working in Scotland.”

In 2005 he was short-listed for the important Beck’s Futures Award.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award funded the production of a film on the work of British composer Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra project.

Since the Award

Luke’s Award-funded film, “Pilgrimage From Scattered Points”, premiered in Glasgow in 2006 to critical acclaim and was later shown at Tate Britain as part of the Tate Triennial, a survey of new British Art.  It has been selected for showing at a number of major film festivals.  Luke writes: “The Scratch Orchestra project had, to my mind, a wealth of fascinating issues attached to its legacy; questions of the social function of art and music to society, the role of the artist in that society and the question of art for whom?”

Luke went on to Bamberg, Germany to take up a one year residency at Villa Concordia, thanks, in part, to recognition from the Dewar Arts Award. He is now an established member of the vibrant Glasgow art scene and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Turner Prize.

For a detailed list of Luke’s exhibitions and projects, click here.

The Guardian – Turner Prize 2012 Film Clip

Alasdair Roberts “Under No Enchantment” Directed by Luke Fowler

Glasgow Film Festival: Adrian Laing (son of R.D. Laing) talks about Luke’s film All Divided Selves

2003 Awardee: Maeve Gilchrist

I promise to make the most of all the opportunities that have been given to me and to push my own limits musically, particularly on the harp

Biography

Even by the time Maeve was nominated for an Award she was an accomplished singer, clàrsach player and teacher.

She performed a specially-commissioned piece by Martyn Bennett on electro-clàrsach at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and has been invited to perform at several high-profile events since.

A graduate of the Broughton School of Music in Edinburgh, Maeve explains why she chose Berklee, “It was founded in the early 20th Century … as a place to study the roots of jazz and blues as well as moving with the times and embracing the modern rock and pop cultures..  I feel I would develop more as a musician if I developed my knowledge of jazz and blues.”

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award supported Maeve for four years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Since the Award

Maeve teamed up with two Argentinian musicians, also Berklee graduates, to form the Maeve Gilchrist Trio, who create a wonderful fusion of Scottish traditional, Latin American and jazz rhythms.  Her debut album “Reaching Me” was released in 2006.  Maeve divides her time between the States and the UK.  For more information about Maeve’s current work, see her website www.maevegilchristmusic.com.

I promise to make the most of all the opportunities that have been given to me and to push my own limits musically, particularly on the harp

2003 Awardee: Andrew Lamb

The experiences I have had meant that having graduated I was in a great position and gave me the confidence to set up on my own

Biography

As an undergraduate at the Edinburgh College of Art, Andrew Lamb, was considered to be one of the finest young metalworkers/jewellers of his generation.  By the time he went on to do a Masters at London’s Royal College of Art, Andrew had won several prestigious UK and international awards for his work, including the World Crafts Council Europe Award for Contemporary Crafts in Munich.

Andrew writes that the award came at just the right time for him creatively.  He had been spending a lot of time mastering new techniques, but was cautious about the cost of the materials he was using.

Receiving the award meant that “I could take the plunge and put to the test my discoveries using white, yellow and red gold, and silver. The results meant I could successfully go on to produce an exciting final body of work which would subsequently lead me to the next level in my career.”

Andrew went on to win a number of major prizes for his final year show. He was also given the very prestigious commission by De Beers to design a piece to be presented by the Queen to John Oxx, trainer of Azamour, the winning horse in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award supported Andrew in the second year of his Master’s degree.

Since the Award

Andrew writes that he is “so pleased and extremely grateful to have been given such a prestigious Award. It goes without saying that the Dewar Arts Award has been massively beneficial and supportive to me at that particular stage in my career.” For more information about Andrew’s work, see www.andrewlamb.co.uk.

The experiences I have had meant that having graduated I was in a great position and gave me the confidence to set up on my own

2002 Awardee: Louise Stewart

I can tell everyone here in New York that I am a Scottish Actress. That's special. That's really special. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me and giving me the honour of being one of the first recipients of this award

Biography

From Stepps, near Glasgow, Louise was described as “a hell of a voice” by one of UK’s leading casting directors. She is one of the first recipients of a Dewar Arts Award.

A graduate of the Knightswood School’s musical theatre course, Louise was their first student to gain a place at Broadway’s number one Performing Arts college, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York (better known as the school of “the kids from Fame” television series).

Not only that, but she also won a scholarship beating off fierce competition from thousands of American hopefuls.

Louise writes: “Training at the AMDA has been a fabulous tool for preparing me to enter the theatre world….. I learned so much in my time there and gained the support and respect of many of my teachers.”

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award helped fund Louise for two years at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

Since the Award

After successfully graduating from AMDA, Louise writes, “training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy has been a fabulous tool for preparing me to enter the theatre world of New York.” She continues to seek work in New York and is currently cast in one of the lead roles in an Off-Broadway musical starting in January 2006.

I can tell everyone here in New York that I am a Scottish Actress. That's special. That's really special. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me and giving me the honour of being one of the first recipients of this award