2016 Awardee: Joanne Dawson

"By staying in Glasgow and making this my indefinite base for working, I believe I'm able to flourish in a supportive environment full of opportunity."

Biography

Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Joanne moved to Glasgow in 2012 to study Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art.  Whilst there she was an active and engaged member of the student community, demonstrating a mature and driven attitude to her studies.  With a group of her peers, she arranged a series of collaborative exhibitions with the Edinburgh College of Art, and after graduation continued in roles with GSA Exhibitions and The Students’ Association.

Joanne organised an exhibition of Glasgow graduates at Blipblipblip in Leeds, was selected for The Telfer Gallery and EMBASSY Gallery’s annual graduate shows, and held her first solo show at VoidoidARCHIVE.

In 2017, Joanne had her first group international show in Madrid, and exhibited as part of the Glasgow International Arts Festival in 2016.

Joanne is a collaborator in Babaloose; a bi-monthly event in Glasgow. Babaloose uses open platform events, discussions & workshops to promote the politics of performing, and the power of an audience as a creative community.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award allowed Joanne to facilitate the production and development of research for her first solo show in Glasgow, and her first contributing publication “Stop! Slow down, take a minute” (available throughout the exhibition and at Good Press, Glasgow).  The project involved cross-collaboration with artists in Scotland and Madrid.

Since the Award

Having completed her first solo exhibition, Joanne updated us on her progress.

“Prior to the Dewar Award and 2017 in particular, I found it hard to determine what was a good opportunity that would enhance my career, or what was exploitative and without any recognition of time or free-labour. The experience of this exhibition has left me able to recognise what will be beneficial and progressive for my future artistic career.

I found receiving the Dewar Award, and working with the curatorial body ‘Very Friendly’ (now Love Unlimited), a very supportive moment of my career to date, and hope for this to happen again in the near future. The exhibition was highly regarded, and has enabled a string of opportunities since. I have been asked to take part in other exhibitions, as well as a number of solo-shows – another one in Glasgow and my first in Newcastle. As well as this, I am currently progressing with a mentorship programme and collaboration with the design duo ‘Tenement’ who make bespoke furniture for clients and organisations, based in Glasgow.

My development as an artist during this time has lead to more professional responsibility…This element allows me to see the business side of creative professions and taking the roles of many; manager, advertiser, producer, application writer. I see creative development as much about output, as much as commenting on the changes to arts that are currently underway, and how this will affect future generations of artists.

The Dewar Award has genuinely helped me develop so much in the last year and I hope that this progression continues.”

"By staying in Glasgow and making this my indefinite base for working, I believe I'm able to flourish in a supportive environment full of opportunity."

2016 Awardee: Liam Wedge

“I cannot put it in to words how thankful and privileged I feel to have the support of the Dewar Awards and opportunity to progress. I would not have been able to attend the NFTS without it.”

Biography

Born in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland, Liam developed a passion for film and digital effects from an early age. He went on to study an undergraduate degree in Digital Media at Edinburgh Napier and graduated with honours.

Two years after graduating, Liam had developed a strong portfolio of work and successfully gained an unconditional offer to study a masters degree at the prestigious National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield.  This course is regarded as one of the best in the world and offered Liam an excellent opportunity to develop his talents and further his skills among like-minded artists.

How the Award Helped

Liam’s Dewar Arts Award enabled him to pursue his dream and study Digital Effects at the highly competitive National Film & Television school in Beaconsfield.

“I cannot put it in to words how thankful and privileged I feel to have the support of the Dewar Awards and opportunity to progress. I would not have been able to attend the NFTS without it.”

2016 Awardee: David Tinto

It is a great privilege to receive the support and validation of a Dewar Arts Award. The award is allowing me to follow my long held ambition in attending the National Film and Television School.

Biography

Born in Uddingston, Glasgow, David Tinto began studying his craft at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh School of Architecture. Proving himself to be a talented student, David went on to complete his Masters of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

After graduating, David worked with a number of architectural and design practices across Scotland and also in the USA. His work and areas of interest extend into fine art and film, with work exhibited across Scotland, including at The Glasgow Art Club, The CCA and The Royal Scottish Academy.

In 2014, David was the recipient of the RSA Medal for Architecture.

David’s passion for film has been a common theme through much of his studies and work and has led to his ambition to specialise in the field of Production Design for film.

How the Award Helped

In 2015, David gained a place on the highly competitive MA in Production Design for Film course at the renowned National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. When he took up his place the following year, the Dewar Arts Awards assisted David through his studies, enabling him to specialise in his chosen field.

It is a great privilege to receive the support and validation of a Dewar Arts Award. The award is allowing me to follow my long held ambition in attending the National Film and Television School.

2016 Awardee: Carol Brown

"I am extremely grateful for the support from The Dewar Arts Awards. This award has made it possible for me to take the next step in the industry, and allowed me to study at the current No.1 film school in the United States."

Biography

Brought up on a farm on the outskirts of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, Carol had always had an interest in film and visual storytelling. Intent on pursuing her interests professionally, she gained a place to study a BA in Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Carol proved herself to be an outstanding student; patient, tenacious and an explemplary leader.  She graduated in 2013 as recipient of both the Perth Festival of the Arts Award and the Dorothy Innes Prize.

After graduation, Carol worked in Scotland as a production runner on feature films ‘Swung’ (Directed by Collin Kennedy) and ‘Sunset Song’ (Directed by Terence Davies), as well as continuing to produce short films. She then made the move to Manchester to begin her career as a Production Assistant on Britain’s longest running Soap opera ‘Coronation Street’.  Later, she transitioned over to the Casting and Contracts Department for ITV Studios.

In 2016 Carol was offered a place on the renowned Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. This highly competitive MFA program accepts just 24 graduate students from around the world, and develops their skills for careers as Television Showrunners and Studio Executives. She was also the recipient of the 2016 BAFTA LA/ PIGOTT Scholarship.

Carol’s ambition is to develop as an independent producer, working globally between the UK and US.

“Her impressive qualifications and study at the USC Film School promises a very bright future.” – Mark Pigott KBE

How the Award Helped

Carol’s Award enabled her to accept her place for postgraduate study at the University of Southern California.

"I am extremely grateful for the support from The Dewar Arts Awards. This award has made it possible for me to take the next step in the industry, and allowed me to study at the current No.1 film school in the United States."

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."

2016 Awardee: Ben Hunter

"Without the assistance from the Dewar Arts Award, I would not have been able to accept my place on the course. Their belief in me has pushed me to be the best I can be."

Biography

Ben Hunter is a Scottish filmmaker, born and educated in Perth. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a recipient of the Perth Festival of the Arts Award, and went on to study an MA in Directing Fiction at the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield.  He was the only Scottish student with 7 other internationals.

The NFTS is one of the world’s most highly regarded film schools, and the MA is unique and specialist masters course, allowing students to develop their creative voices as directors in an intense and practical environment.

In 2017, Ben’s films Tibet (2015) and Greylag (2016) were screened at the Glasgow Short Film Festival and the Royal Television Society Awards.

Although Ben gathers his influences from around the world, he is very interested in assimilating these to tell stories of his own culture, background and experiences growing up in central Scotland.

How the Award Helped

Ben’s Dewar Arts Award enabled him to accept his place to study at the NFTS.

Glory on Earth

"Without the assistance from the Dewar Arts Award, I would not have been able to accept my place on the course. Their belief in me has pushed me to be the best I can be."

2015 Awardee: Blair McLaughlin

My commitment and focus to my work is 100%. [It] depicts my view of the world and is very personal to me.

Biography

Ayrshire-born painter Blair McLaughlin is a committed artist with a distinctive style.

Whilst in his third year of a BA (Hons) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Blair gained an ERASMUS award to study abroad for a semester in Nantes, France. His grades at the host university were so outstanding, he was offered the opportunity to continue his studies there for the whole year. After his graduation in 2014, Blair received significant recognition for his work, gaining a place on the long-list for the Saatchi New Sensations Award.

Since this time Blair has continued to develop his practice, and his work has proved popular with galleries and exhibitors. His paintings focus on the cultural differences in our consumption of violence and the aestheticization of violence in popular culture and media.

Blair has been accepted to study a Masters at Glasgow School of Art, and is expected to have a promising future ahead of him.

How the Award Helped

Blair received a Dewar Arts Award to fund his place on the Turps Banana Correspondence Course.  This provides a critical framework to support individual studio practice through an online mentoring scheme. This period will be one of the most important and influential in Blair’s career, offering not only support but access to a wider peer group that will put his excellent work into the national network that it deserves.

Since the Award

2014 – Long-listed for New Sensations Saatchi Award

My commitment and focus to my work is 100%. [It] depicts my view of the world and is very personal to me.

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.

https://www.lvboratory.com/
https://www.instagram.com/__l.a.b__

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

October 2019

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: Robbie Hamilton

The Dewar Award allowed me to create the elaborate idea I had for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition

Biography

An innovative contemporary artist, Robbie has lived in Scotland all his life, He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, specialising in painting and sculpture, and gained a BA Honours in Fine Art and Media.

Robbie’s work explores contemporary art within traditional gallery settings, using urban-inspired sculptures in an interactive way.  His ambitious proposal for the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition 2015 attracted much attention and was and offered a key position within the upper galleries.

https://cargocollective.com/robbiehamilton

Robbie has also exhibited at the And Collective gallery in Bridge of Allan, and has further developed his skills through working for a sculpture and design fabrication firm in Glasgow. He plans to volunteer with SkatePal in Palestine, a project that engages the community of the West Bank in positive activity through skateboarding and design.

How the Award Helped

Robbie’s Dewar Arts Award enabled him to realise his ambitions plans for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition.

The Dewar Award allowed me to create the elaborate idea I had for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition