2020 Awardee: Edward Howat

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“I feel very privileged to be awarded the Dewar Arts Award. This award has allowed me access to the tools I needed to advance my career in the direction I wanted.”  

Biography

Having lived in Scotland all his life and harbouring a great interest in many art mediums, Edward graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 with a degree in production arts and design. During his final year at RCS he discovered a passion and unknown talent for sculpting. This interest led him to experiment and hone his skills and become extremely proficient within a few months, choosing an ambitious realistic sculpture as his final university project.

Edwards’ career as a prop maker and sculptor immediately started out strong. He accepted work with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, teaching possible future students how to sculpt in clay for a silicone prosthetics application.

In 2014, Edward won the Young Artist of the Year award at the Spring Fling festival in Dumfries and Galloway. This allowed him to participate in the festival and gain more recognition. That same year, Edward secured freelance work as a prop maker on the popular TV show ‘Outlander’ and has since made hundreds of props for the production.

Around 2016, Edward’s interests began to move from prop making to solely sculpting. After this point most of his commission work and learning went towards sculpture. In 2017, he was commissioned by Museum Context in Edinburgh to create a sculpture for one of their shop displays – a 4.5ft long Basilisk head from Harry Potter.

Looking to the future, Edward plans to continue his sculpting career by entering the world of 3D modelling. He hopes to become a well-established and successful digital artist.

How the Award Helped

Receiving a Dewar Arts Award has enabled Edward to further his training, refine his skills, and stay up to date with the latest technologies. This will support him on his journey to become a world-class digital sculptor.

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“I feel very privileged to be awarded the Dewar Arts Award. This award has allowed me access to the tools I needed to advance my career in the direction I wanted.”  

2018 Awardee: Jean Oberlander

"I am so grateful for the continued support in my education, it means so much to me"

Biography

Jean gained a First Class Honours Degree from Gray’s School of Art, where she studied BA Fashion and Textile Design. The course enabled her to experiment within both spheres of material and body using hand and machine knitting. Her degree collection won the Alexandrina McKenzie Legacy Award, a Highly Commended in the BP Graduate Design Award, and was selected for the Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase at the Royal Scottish Academy.

In 2017 Jean moved to London after gaining a place on the MA Textiles course at the Royal College of Art, specialising in Knit. Her MA dissertation received a distinction, and she gave a paper at the “In the Loop” knitting academic conference in July 2018.

Jean continues to work between the body and space to create knitted pieces that are both familiar and unfamiliar. She uses knitting, mark making and writing in her practice to convey the metaphors of the knitted stitch. In the future, she aims to build on her MA and continue to push the boundaries in knit further.

How the Award Helped

Jean received a Dewar Arts Award to support her MA studies at the Royal College of Art.

On achieving her award, Jean said: “Without the Dewar Award I would have not been able to attend the RCA at all. The support meant I was able to pay for tuition fees and materials, without which I would have not been able to make work of any standard. I am so grateful for the continued support in my education, it means so much to me and being on this course has enabled me to build more confidence in my work as well as making connections and experimenting in a supportive and innovative environment. I am eternally grateful for the support in making sure I am able to build a better future for myself.”

"I am so grateful for the continued support in my education, it means so much to me"

2018 Awardee: Lois Langmead

"I am extremely grateful for the support. Without the Award I would not have been able to accept my place."

Biography

Lois moved to Glasgow in 2011 to embark on a BA (Hons) in Communication Design at the Glasgow School of Art, specialising in Illustration. She graduated in 2015 with a First Class degree. The depth of her research for her final projects made a great impression on the assessment team, both for the eloquence of her writing and the manner in which her ideas were firmly embedded and evident in her making. One of her degree show pieces, a delicate, intricate, finely worked sculptural embroidery went on to win the student Jerwood Drawing Prize for 2015. From there, she remained in Glasgow and continued to self fund her practice.

Lois has exhibited throughout the UK. She has proved herself to be a thoughtful and imaginative artist with a strong research ethic and excellent analytical skills. She is adventurous and playful with her practice, serious and personally engaged with her work and sensitive in her use of materials. This gained her a place to study on the MA Textiles Mixed Media course at the Royal College of Art, enabling her to further her practice alongside her academic development. This offered the ideal next step for Lois, who finds engagement with textiles fascinating, resourceful and experiemental.

How the Award Helped

Lois received a Dewar Arts Award to support her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art.

"I am extremely grateful for the support. Without the Award I would not have been able to accept my place."

2016 Awardee: Emily Martin

"Without the Dewar Arts Award I wouldn’t have been able to begin studying my MFA in Textiles this year, thus not having access to the necessary space and equipment to develop my skills and ideas. I will always be grateful for this support."

Biography

Emily Martin was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.  From there she moved to Edinburgh to commence her undergraduate studies at the Edinburgh College of Art.

Proving herself to be an exceptional student, Emily graduated in 2013 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles.  She received the John L Paterson Award for Best Graduating Degree Show, as well as the Worshipful Company of Dyers Prize.

After graduating, Emily stayed in Edinburgh.  She worked for Walker Slater, a local tweed clothing retailer, and for Artlink, an arts and disability organisation. This provided much inspiration and learning for her developing practice.

Emily is a screen-printer at heart, who considers the environmental impact of the process. In 2016 she was accepted onto a two-year MFA course at ECA, enabling her to fully explore the possibilities of natural dyes in textile printmaking.  Her aim is to develop these into sustainable contemporary clothing that will appeal to a wider audience, and also incorporating hand embroidery.  This is Emily’s hand craft of choice and she is passionate about keeping the skill alive and relevant today.

How the Award Helped

Emily received an Award to support her MFA studies at the Edinburgh College of Art.

"Without the Dewar Arts Award I wouldn’t have been able to begin studying my MFA in Textiles this year, thus not having access to the necessary space and equipment to develop my skills and ideas. I will always be grateful for this support."

2016 Awardee: Matt Wilson

"I am delighted and deeply grateful to be given the Dewar Award. It will definitely allow me to expand my practise as an artist even further, at the Royal College of Art."

Biography

Matt Wilson is an innovative printmaker, whose practice investigates digital and analogue print methods through art and design methodologies.

Matt’s work explores the tension between two forces meeting in opposition, and how balance can exist within this tension. In his practice, these forces have manifested themselves as the relationship between the man-made and the natural, as social hostility, and as cultural conflict.

Matt graduated with a degree in Fine Art, from the University of Dundee, where he specialised in printmaking. During his degree, he was selected for the 2014 RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, and was awarded the Walter Scott Global Investment Award and the Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize.

Matt has exhibited in galleries across the UK, including the Hatton Gallery (Newcastle) and The Fleming Collection (London).

How the Award Helped

Matt’s Award supported him in studying the MA Fine Art Print course at the Royal College of Art.

Since the Award

2014 Walter Scott Global Investment Award
2014 Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize
RSA New Contemporaries 2014: Selected Artist
2013 Frameworks Prize

"I am delighted and deeply grateful to be given the Dewar Award. It will definitely allow me to expand my practise as an artist even further, at the Royal College of Art."

2016 Awardee: Katie Schwab

"The Dewar Arts Award has contributed enormously to my time undertaking the MFA Graduate Fellowship at Glasgow Sculpture Studios."

Biography

Katie Schwab moved from London to Glasgow in 2013, to study an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art.  There she developed her impressive style of practice – making sophisticated use of materials and sculptural processes in a critically engaging way.

Katie was awarded the MFA Graduate Fellowship at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, based on her work presented at the MFA Degree Show. This prestigious annual award is presented to an artist who demonstrates artistic excellence and a commitment to maintaining a studio-based contemporary sculptural practice.

Exhibitions and projects include: Together in a Room, Collective, Edinburgh; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Backlit, Nottingham and ICA, London; My love is like a red red rose. Art in Scotland from 18th to 21st Century, Musée du Château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard; Fresh, British Ceramics Biennial, The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent; The Grind, Voidoidarchive, Glasgow and Project Visible, Tate Modern. 2015 graduate residency at Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

How the Award Helped

Katie’s Award supported her work on the MFA Graduate Fellowship.  This enabled her to experiment across the GSS workshops, to work with new materials and to explore new forms of production and collaboration in the run-up to an exhibition.

"The Dewar Arts Award has contributed enormously to my time undertaking the MFA Graduate Fellowship at Glasgow Sculpture Studios."

2015 Awardee: Louis Alderson-Bythell

I will use the opportunity at RCA to really focus on my passion for new and adapted fibres and technology within fashion.

Biography

Based in Edinburgh, Louis is a fashion designer who is fast becoming an asset to the industry.

During his studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, Louis demonstrated a natural ability for pattern cutting and an innovative and critical approach to fashion design. He produced work of high quality, often employing unconventional working methods to realise his ideas.

Louis is dedicated and meticulous, with a passion and energy for developing his skills. His work is concept-led and makes use of hybrid cloths such as silica, carbon fibre and Vermiculite.

In 2015, Louis was offered a place to study on a masters course at the prestigious Royal College of Art.

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How the Award Helped

Louis received a Dewar Arts Award to support his masters studies. The creative context of the postgraduate course will help Louis to further develop his craft and grow as a designer. He aspires to go on and work in a design or material development position before one day establishing his own brand.

Since the Award

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Since receiving his Award, Louis’ career has gone from strenth to strength.  He writes:

‘I graduated from the RCA in 2017, since then I have been working on my own brand www.lvboratory.com www.instagram.com/__l.a.b. My work has been featured in Vogue, Hunger Magazine and Textile View to name a few…LAB is a project investigating novel fabrication processes and innovative materials in order to diversify the way we think about and construct garments.

This year I have set up a business with my collaborator Kate Williams called Material Think Space www.materialthinkspace.com. It is an art practice working between sculpture, performance art and experience design. We have shown our work at Fashion Clash Festival and ArtNight London curated by the Hayward Gallery.

I am now also a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in Fashion.

I couldn’t have done any of this without the amazing support of the [Dewar Arts Award] which allowed me to pursue my studies and take my work and thinking to the next level.’

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I will use the opportunity at RCA to really focus on my passion for new and adapted fibres and technology within fashion.

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."